Acupuncture and IVF

A recent study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) suggests that acupuncture given at the time of embryo transfer may have a positive influence on treatment outcomes. Clinical trials show that acupuncture, when used before and after the embryo transfer, can increase success rates of pregnancies and live births.

Research into the effect of acupuncture on increasing IVF success rates is more abundant than for any other alternative or complimentary therapy. Recent trials have all produced increased success rates ranging from 35-115% for clinical pregnancy and 56-106% for ongoing pregnancy.

If you’re about to start IVF, ideally it is recommended that a period of 3-4 months be used in preparation. If that isn’t feasible, acupuncture can still significantly help at any time. The Paulus Protocol is one example where acupuncture is commonly combined with ‘Assisted Reproduction Therapy’. This is where an approved set of acupuncture points are stimulated before and after embryo transfer.