Harmony Acupuncture Clinic

Fertility

Acupuncture for Fertility

 Western medical research has established that acupuncture treatment for infertility can have a positive neuroendocrine effect that influences the hypothalamus, pituitary glands and the ovaries — all of which influence egg production and ovulation. (see research below). At Harmony Acupuncture we use research-based techniques to work with our clients who want a healthy pregnancy. The services we offer are a crucial part of the Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) process. We work directly with all of the fertility clinics in the area, accompanying clients to provide acupuncture before and after embryo transfer.

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  • Stress-related infertility

  • Elevated FSH

  • Endometriosis

  • Poor response to Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)  stimulation

  • Habitual miscarriage

  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

  • Autoimmune antibodies

  • Cycle irregularity

  • Anxiety / depression

  • Side effects of hormone treatments

 

What are the medical benefits of acupuncture for fertility?

Acupuncture can

  • Increase blood flow to the ovaries and improve ovarian function, which may improve the quality of eggs and lead to a larger number of follicles

  • Increase blood flow to the uterus to promote implantation

  • Reduce side effects of drugs used in Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) procedures

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    Increase endometrial thickness

  • Balance hormones and regulate menses

  • Decrease uterine contractions, which may encourage implantation and prevent miscarriage.

  • Reduce stress hormones and anxiety by inhibiting sympathetic nervous system outflow

  • Strengthen the immune system and support  general health

Can acupuncture help with IVF protocols?

At Harmony Acupuncture, we generally work with women from the beginning of their IVF protocol. We suggest weekly treatments to start during the suppression phase, through the stimulation phase, and until the time of transfer. We accompany women to their transfer site for acupuncture immediately before and after embryo transfer.

Can Harmony Acupuncture treat men to increase fertility? 

Acupuncture, herbs and nutrition can increase sperm vitality. If a man has been diagnosed with a low sperm count or motility problems, acupuncture can help.

Acupuncture and Fertility Research Articles

  • Influence of Acupuncture on the Pregnancy Rates in Patients Who Undergo Assisted Reproduction Therapy. Paulus WE, Zhang M, Strehler E, El-Danasouri I, Sterzik K. Fertility & Sterility 2002;77(4):721-4.
    • Results summary: significant increase in pregnancy rates, 42.5% vs. 26.3%. Benefits of acupuncture include increased blood flow to the uterus, regulation of the endocrine system, implantation support, decreased inflammation of all gynecological organs, decreased cramping, and decreased abdominal pain and distention. Acupuncture also can relax the cervix, calm the mind and decrease anxiety.
  • Acupuncture and In Vitro Fertilization: Does the Number of Treatments Impact Reproductive Outcomes? Cridennda DK, Magarelli PC, Cohen M. Integrating Acupuncture and IVF Seminar. May 18, 2007. Vancouver, BC.
    • Results Summary: A minimum of 8 treatments needed for optimal results; significant increase in pregnancy rates, 61.1% vs. 37.4%; significant decrease in ectopic pregnancies
  •  The Role of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Female Fertility. Raymond Chang, M.D., et.al., The Institute of East-West Medicine, The Department of Internal Medicine, Weill Medical College of Cornell University.
  • Effects of Acupuncture on Rates of Pregnancy and Live Birth Among Women Undergoing in Vitro Fertilisation: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Eric Manheimer, Grant Zhang, Laurence Udoff, Aviad Haramati, Patricia Langenberg, Brian M Berman, and Lex M Bouter British Medical Journal. March 8, 2008; 336(7643):545-9. Epub 2008 Feb 7.
  • The Role Of Acupuncture In The Management Of Subfertility. Ng EH, So WS, Gao J, Wong YY, Ho PC. Fertility and Sterility. July 2008; 90(1):1-13. Epub 2008 Apr 28.
  • Substitution of Acupuncture for HCG in Ovulation Induction. Cai Xuefen, Obstetrical & Gynecological Hospital, Zhejiang Medical University, Zhejiang Province
  • Acupuncture in IVF Linked to Lower Miscarriage and Ectopic Rates. OB/Gyn News, Copyright © 2005 by International Medical News Group, an Elsevier company.
  • Acupuncture & IVF Poor Responders: A Cure? P.C. Magarelli, D.K. Cridennda. Reproductive Medicine & Fertility Center, Colorado Springs, CO.
  • Acupuncture: Impact on Pregnancy Outcomes in IVF Patients.  Paul C. Magarelli, M.D., Ph.D.. et. al., Reproductive Medicine & Fertility Center, Colorado Springs
  • Treatment of Immunological Infertility with Chinese Medicinal Herbs of Ziyin Jianghuo. Li DJ, Li CJ, Zhu Y., Dept. of Reproductive Immunology, Shanghai Medical University.
  • Acupuncture in Labor Management. Allais, G., et al., Minerva Ginecologica 55(6): 503-10.