Women undergoing IVF were 65 percent more likely to become pregnant when they combined the procedure with acupuncture, a recent study has shown.The remarkable success rate occurred across seven acupuncture trial studies involving 1,366 women in a systematic review and meta-analysis published in a February, 2008 issue of the British Medical Journal.
Acupuncture was delivered either just before or just after embryo transfer – a step in the process of in vitro fertilization (IVF) whereby one or several embryos are placed into the uterus.
The research was carried out by scientists from the University of Maryland in the United States and the VU University of Amsterdam in Holland.
It is thought that acupuncture stimulates the neurotransmitters that trigger the production of gonadotrophin-releasing hormone, which controls the menstrual cycle and a woman’s ovulation.
Acupuncture is also thought to stimulate blood flow to the uterus and boost the production of endogenous opioids, inducing the body to relax.
Dr. Martin’s Comments: Acupuncture has been used for centuries to regulate and boost fertility. This is honestly one of the most rewarding parts to my practice. It’s fun to watch couples get pregnant who have tried and tried, but had no success. Over the years I have seen so many women getting pregnant using some combination of IVF, Acupuncture, Homeopathy and Herbs. Also rewarding is assisting in the birth process with either acupuncture and / or homeopathy. Please call us for more information, or to schedule a first appointment.
Most insurance does now cover acupuncture, but only for pain related problems. But we can also check to see if your insurance covers the acupuncture for fertility. It depends on the individual insurance policy you have.