Stress affects your fertility. We can’t ignore this fact any longer.
Furthermore, long-term stress can reduce your IVF success. UK scientists measured cortisol levels in women undergoing IVF. They took samples of hair and saliva. Hair sampling allows analysis of cortisol over the preceding 3–6 months. While saliva sample shows immediate stress levels. Results were eye-opening. Women exposed to chronic stress were 27% less likely to conceive with IVF.
Is it realistic to think that one acupuncture session can reduce the stress that has accumulated in 3-6 months?
A recent study led by Dr Sutton looked for the answer. They compared a month of regular acupuncture with one session on the day of embryo transfer. Acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer is often recommended by reproductive endocrinologists.
To no surprise women who had several acupuncture sessions felt more relaxed. Unfortunately, researchers didn’t look if acupuncture dose has an impact on pregnancy rates.