Acupuncture and IVF/ ICSI

 
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  Acupuncture, Stress and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

A fertility specialist talks about how acupuncture can benefit women going through IVF.

Can acupuncture and IVF go hand in hand? Sandy Goodman MD of Reproductive Medicine Group, Florida and Kym Caporale, L.Ac discuss stress reduction, acupuncture and IVF in this short, interactive video.


Effects of acupuncture on pregnancy rates in women undergoing in vitro fertilization: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Cui Hong Zheng, M.D.; Ph.D.a, Guang Ying Huang, M.D., Ph.D.a; Ming Min Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.b; Wei Wang, M.D., Ph.D.c.. Fertility and Sterility. 1-11-2012.

Acupuncture improves Clinical Pregnancy Rates (CPR) and Live Birth Rates (LBR) among women undergoing IVF. Appropriate acupuncture times (around the time of controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH), or oocyte aspiration (OA), or through the time of COH to the time of OA), enough treatment courses (at least four sessions) and syndrome differentiation and treatment according to individual characteristics should be strongly considered in the acupuncture programs.


Effects of Acupuncture on LIF and IL-12 in Rats of Implantation Failure

Gui, Juan; Xiong, Fan; Li, Jing; Huang, Guangying.American Journal of Reproductive Immunology. Am J Reprod Immunol. 1600-0897. 2012.

According to the study, Acupuncture could improve the poor receptive state of endometrium by promoting LIF and IL-12 secretion to improve blastocyst implantation.


Increase of success rate for women undergoing embryo transfer by transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation: a prospective randomized placebo-controlled study

Conclusion(s): Transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation, especially double TEAS, significantly improved the clinical outcome of embryo transfer


Effect of acupuncture on the outcome of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)

Dieterle S et al, Fertil Steril 2006 Vol 85, pg 1347-1351 Fertility and Sterility

Conclusion: Luteal-phase acupuncture has a positive effect on the outcome of IVF/ICSI


Acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer significantly improves the reproductive outcome in infertile women

Westergaard L et al, Fertil Steril 2006 Vol 85, pg 1341-1346

Conclusion: Acupuncture on the day of ET significantly improves the reproductive outcome of IVF/ICSI, compared with no acupuncture. Repeating acupuncture on ET day +2 provided no additional beneficial effect.


Reduction of blood flow impedance in the uterine arteries of infertile women with electro-acupuncture

Stener-Victorin E, et al Hum Reprod 1996; 11:1314-1317. Human Reproduction

Conclusion: This study reported in Human Reproduction (the official journal of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology) shows that after 8 acupuncture treatments blood flow to the uterus was markedly increased.




I met Dr. Liu (Le-o) a couple of years ago when a bulging disk resulted in muscle spasms and crippling leg pain. A co-worker suggested I give acupuncture a try - after all, what did I have to lose?

At the time, Dr. Liu was still located at AOMA (he remains on faculty there). I hobbled in, filled out an extensive questionnaire regarding both my mental and physical health. After one hour with Dr. Liu, I was able to stand up straight and walk more normally (and without pain) than I had in days. It was amazing.

These days I see him for tweaks and more maintenance type issues (stress headaches, tightness in my low back), but he is definitely on speed dial should my back issues kick into high gear again.

Beth K. Austin, TX    (From Yelp.com)