Fertility & Acupuncture

Acupuncture and IVF

Western physicians are increasingly embracing traditional Chinese medicine, thanks to its beneficial effects. After a 4,000-year history, acupuncture is now being combined with modern infertility treatment to enhance success rates and promote relaxation. To make specialized infertility acupuncture easily accessible for women in our care, we provide an on-site Orange County infertility acupuncture specialist.

Acupuncture may be a valuable add-on treatment for women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF), as multiple studies suggest that this ancient therapy may increase pregnancy rates when provided at the right time in the woman’s cycle. By providing acupuncture in conjunction with fertility treatment, here in our office, we offer more options for women who wish to approach their fertility care with a “whole woman” focus on mind, body and spirit.

How acupuncture works

According to traditional Chinese medicine, infertility is related to blocked energy flow in the body, which leads to imbalances along certain zones, or meridians. In acupuncture, the therapist inserts small needles into the skin at precise locations on the body, providing stimulation that relieves blockages and restores balance.

Western researchers have found that the sensations produced by the needles prompts the release of substances such as B-endorphin and serotonin, which assist with function of the sympathetic nervous system throughout the body. B-endorphin leads to release of luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), both of which stimulate the ovaries and ultimately increase production of estrogen.

Together, these effects combine to increase blood flow to the ovaries and uterus, allowing more exposure to gonadotropins and estrogen, and improving the response to FSH in some women while enhancing the uterine lining for embryo implantation.

Research has shown that acupuncture for women undergoing IVF has no documented detrimental effects and is best used during the stimulation phase of IVF and at the time of embryo transfer to achieve certain benefits.

  • Increased embryo implantation rate
  • Increased IVF pregnancy rate
  • Increased blood flow to the uterus
  • Enhanced follicular development

Studies have also shown that acupuncture has a calming, soothing effect and can relieve stress and anxiety. For many women, an acupuncture appointment provides a quiet escape from the stress of fertility treatment, allowing them to take a much-needed break from the physical and emotional demands of treatment to focus on their own wellness.

Make an appointment

By providing acupuncture as part of a comprehensive spectrum of fertility care, we make it easy and seamless for you to receive perfectly coordinated therapy in conjunction with your fertility treatment.

To learn more or schedule an appointment with our Orange County infertility acupuncture specialist, contact us today.