Acupuncture and IVF/ ICSI
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.
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.
Conclusion(s): Transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation, especially double TEAS, significantly improved the clinical outcome of embryo transfer
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.