Acupuncture and in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intrauterine insemination (IUI)
Updated: Mar 12
Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate energy flow and promote healing. Acupuncture is sometimes used as an adjunct therapy for in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intrauterine insemination (IUI) to help improve the chances of successful pregnancy.
There is evidence to suggest that acupuncture may help improve the outcomes of IVF and IUI by improving blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, reducing stress and anxiety, and regulating the hormones that are important for ovulation and implantation. Some studies have shown that women who receive acupuncture before and after IVF or IUI may have higher rates of pregnancy and live births compared to those who do not receive acupuncture.
For embryo transfer, acupuncture is typically used before and after the procedure. The goal is to help reduce stress, increase blood flow to the uterus, and promote relaxation in the body. This can help create a more favorable environment for embryo implantation.
It is important to note that acupuncture should only be used as a complementary therapy and not as a replacement for conventional medical care during IVF or IUI. It is recommended that women who are considering acupuncture for IVF should consult with their healthcare provider to determine if it is safe and appropriate for their individual needs
Check othis article in Vogue magazine about Chinese Medicine & IVF.
Nicole Peterson, LAc, MAcOM is a licensed acupuncturist in Ashland, Oregon. She loves sharing her passion for natural approaches to health through her online blog and at her clinic, Ashland Family Acupuncture. Contact us for an appointment or free consultation. 541-631-9649