Acupuncture for IVF has gained recent growth & popularity worldwide as an adjunct treatment to support IVF. Recent studies show that acupuncture can increase a woman’s IVF success rate by 65 percent. Acupuncture works by stimulating the flow of blood to the uterus, making the lining of your womb more receptive to the implantation of an embryo.

A 2008 review of several studies has shown that women who choose fertility acupuncture to support the IVF process are 65% more likely to develop a successful embryo. And those successful embryos are 91% more likely to develop into beautiful, happy and healthy babies.

Acupuncture works in several ways to increase the likelihood of the fertilization rate and pregnancy outcome, including increasing sperm count and motility, improving uterine health and reducing the risk of miscarriage.

“Recent studies show that acupuncture can increase a woman’s IVF success rate by 65 percent”.

 In conjunction with in-vitro fertilisation (IVF), acupuncture may help

  • Regulate hormones

    Acupuncture helps regulate your hormones by increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs thereby improving a woman’s response to hormonal therapy. Women’s hormones must fall within a desired range to continue with treatment.

  • Increase number of follicles and improve egg quality

    Obtaining good quality eggs is the most important factor and desired outcome. Specific points help stimulate your ovaries and build your endometrial lining.

  • Increase chances of implantation

    Acupuncture helps create a receptive environment for the embryo to implant. It moderates cyclooxygenase and prostaglandin levels in the uterus, reducing uterine motility to improve implantation rates. As mentioned above, it can increase your chances of falling pregnant by 65 percent.

  • Relieve stress

    Acupuncture has been shown to increase the release of beta-endorphins, the ‘happy hormones’ in the blood, thereby reducing stress levels and a hyperactive sympathetic nervous system.

  • Regulate the menses

    It works by regulating your hormones and menstrual cycle. Controlling irregular menstruation can enable you to better predict the time of ovulation.

  • Increase uterine lining

    It increases blood flow to the uterus, resulting in a thicker, healthier uterine lining.

  • Improve sperm

    Separate studies have shown that acupuncture can increase sperm count and sperm motility.

  • Prevent miscarriage

    Particular herbal formulas and acupuncture treatments are known to help secure a growing embryo and help prevent a miscarriage.

 

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