IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF
A SUCCESSFUL IVF CYCLE
REDUCE STRESS LEVELS
According to clinical trials acupuncture has been shown to reduce anxiety and stress levels experienced by IVF patients. This improve fertility outcomes and the emotional health of infertile women through the process of IVF treatment(6).
INCREASE BLOOD SUPPLY TO OVARIES & UTERUS
Research shows acupuncture improves utero-ovarian blood flow(2) (4). Since colour doppler studies shows follicular development is directly correlated to their blood supply (5), acupuncture may potentially be able to improve circulatory supply, hormone and nutrient delivery to the follicles.
Acupuncture has shown to assist with hormonal regulation which may be important to follicle development and implantation. Pregnancy and live birth rate was significantly higher in comparison to women that had no acupuncture(3).
IMPROVE ENDOMETRIAL LINING
Using acupuncture points on the abdomen months and weeks before an embryo transfer has been shown to improve the structure of the uterine lining as well as significantly improve the implantation and pregnancy rate(7).
IMPROVE LIVE BIRTH RATES
Clinical trials shows that acupuncture administered on the same day of embryo transfer improves live birth rates(8)(9).
LOW SPERM COUNT
A particular study has shown a positive effect of acupuncture on sperm count. This study was conducted on men who had such low sperm counts (or no sperm) who required a testicular biopsy to extract sperm for use in an IVF cycle. After a course of 10 acupuncture treatments, enough sperm could be produced for ICSI to be performed without the need to have a testicular biopsy(10).
POOR SPERM MOTILITY
Acupuncture has particularly shown to have a significant improvement on sperm motility. In two studies, men who had acupuncture twice a week over a period of 5-6 weeks have shown improved sperm motility in comparison to men who had no acupuncture(13)(14).
POOR SPERM MORPHOLOGY
Morphology refers to the shape and structure of the sperm. If abnormal, the sperm’s ability to fertilise the egg may be impaired. A general improvement of sperm quality, specifically in the ultrastructural integrity of spermatozoa, was seen after acupuncture twice a week for 5 weeks(11). In another study, significant improvements in motility and morphology were demonstrated in the acupuncture group compared to the group which had no acupuncture(13).
A particular clinical trial has looked at sperm behaviour in a IVF setting. This was study involving 82 infertile men with pathological semen abnormalities and who’s sperm achieved a poor fertilization rate in at least 2 IVF/ICSI cycles. Fertilization rates after acupuncture were significantly higher than before treatment(12).