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Integrating Acupuncture into IVF Treatments: A New Hope for Overcoming Recurrent Implantation Failure

Recent research published in the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics has revealed a significant breakthrough in the treatment of recurrent implantation failure (RIF) in IVF embryo transfer procedures. This comprehensive study explores the effectiveness of combining acupuncture with gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists (GnRHa) for improving endometrial receptivity and overall pregnancy outcomes. The Challenge of Recurrent […]


The Increasing Efficacy of IVF with Acupuncture: A Deep Dive into the Latest Research

In the world of fertility, we’ve spent considerable time exploring how acupuncture can enhance reproductive outcomes. New research from China’s Tongji Hospital offers fresh insights into the effects of acupuncture on pregnancy outcomes in women undergoing in vitro fertilisation (IVF). The study conducted by Xu, Zhu, and Zheng (Arch Gynecol Obstet, 2023) is a thorough […]


Why to try acupuncture for IVF anxiety

If you feel anxious when trying to conceive, you’re not alone. Picture yourself on an emotional rollercoaster, gripping the safety bar for dear life as your heart races and your breath turns shallow. This is what countless individuals experience when trying to conceive through in-vitro fertilisation (IVF).  And eventually you may stop noticing those tense […]

IVF acupuncture success

This recent study has found that acupuncture may be effective in improving pregnancy success rates for women undergoing IVF. And the difference is striking. 63.9% of women in the acupuncture group had the positive pregnancy hormone HCG test. While, IVF only group that number was 33.3%. Furthermore, women who had acupuncture had a higher clinical […]

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Pelvic inflammation – how acupuncture can help

Our patients often ask how acupuncture boosts fertility. One of the ways is by reducing inflammation in the reproductive system. I recently came across this little study showing acupuncture’s anti-inflammatory effects for pelvic inflammatory disease. Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is acute inflammation in your reproductive organs.  It is a complication often caused by STIs, like chlamydia or […]

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Why you should try acupuncture for unexplained infertility

Dealing with unexplained infertility can be incredibly challenging, especially because you don’t know the reason behind your struggles to conceive. While lifestyle changes, timed intercourse, and medical treatments like Clomiphene citrate, intrauterine insemination (IUI), or in vitro fertilization (IVF) are commonly recommended by your general practitioner or reproductive endocrinologist, there may be other options to […]

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How many acupuncture sessions will reduce your IVF stress?

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 […]


Ovarian reserve – acupuncture offers new hope

In this study, researchers investigated how acupuncture influenced ovarian reserve in women who had low ovarian reserve or “very few eggs left”. They used a kind of acupuncture with no needles, where very gentle electric impulses are used to stimulate acupuncture points. This study has shown improved the hormone levels including Anti-Müllerian Hormone (AMH). AMH […]


Hyperprolactinemia: reproductive acupuncture holds a promise

  Hyperprolactinemia can be a significant obstacle for women trying to get pregnant, and reproductive acupuncture may be one way to address the condition in some women. Previous research has shown that acupuncture influences prolactin levels in women undergoing IVF. We have studies showing acupuncture can reduce prolactin levels (auricular acupuncture using NADA protocol). This […]

Acupuncture and moxibustion help androgen deficiency

Effects and mechanisms of acupuncture and moxibustion on reproductive endocrine function in male rats with partial androgen deficiency. Ren Y1, Yang X1, Zhang Y2, Wang Y1, Li X1. Author information Abstract OBJECTIVES: Partial androgen deficiency of the aging male (PADAM) is characterised by a deficiency in serum androgen levels. Both electroacupuncture (EA) and mild moxibustion […]

Comprehensive Traditional Chinese medicine approach improves IVF outcomes

Impact of whole systems traditional Chinese medicine on in-vitro fertilization outcomes. Hullender Rubin LE, Opsahl MS, Wiemer KE, Mist SD, Caughey AB. Abstract Patients undergoing IVF may receive either acupuncture or whole-systems traditional Chinese medicine (WS-TCM) as an adjuvant IVF treatment. WS-TCM is a complex intervention that can include acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, dietary, lifestyle […]


Can acupuncture help 35+ year old pregnant women reduce pregnancy risks

Can acupuncture help 35+ year old pregnant women reduce pregnancy risks? Women of this age, are a high risk for developing stillbirth and fetal growth restriction among other complications. This study, published in Journal of Physiology, researchers from the University of Manchester, UK concluded that the blood flow to placenta may be the reason for […]

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PCOS: acupuncture normalises ovarian volume and AMH

Acupuncture helps to normalise both ovarian volume and AMH in PCOS patients. These changes are beneficial for fertility. Both acupuncture and exercise help to normalise overactive sympathetic nervous system in PCOS patients. Acupuncture, however, is much more effective.  Furthermore, as shown by this study, exercise has no effect on AMH nor ovarian volume.


PCOS insulin resistance – Acupuncture can help

PCOS can improve with acupuncture treatment. More research looks into the mechanism of it. One of the lead researchers in PCOS and acupuncture Dr Elisabet Stener-Victorin from Sweden has long suspected that acupuncture may play a role in regulating blood glucose levels and helping with insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is one of the features of PCOS. This […]


Electro acupuncture decreases risk of Ovarian Hyperstimulation in IVF patients

This recent study highlights how acupuncture, specifically electro-acupuncture (EA), can reduce the risk of ovarian hyperstimulation in IVF patients. Despite some limitations, the findings are crucial for tailoring acupuncture protocols to each IVF patient’s needs. Published in the Chinese Journal of Integrated Traditional and Western Medicine, the research by Hong YL and colleagues from the […]