Acupuncture has been found to influence reproductive issues by regulating hormones which increases the chances of conceiving with IVF.
Acupuncture is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine involving the insertion of needles into specific pressure points on the human body. It is mostly used for pain relief, however, proves to have curing and preventative effects too. Combining alternative forms of treatment stemming from ancient wisdom with the newest medical advances has shown remarkable results.
How does it work?
Acupuncture regulates the nervous system, and increases blood circulation. By regulating the nervous system the stress levels and the function of the adrenal glands can be treated. Eventually, acupuncture can affect hormone regulation, because the adrenals are in close relation to the pituitary gland, where many of the reproductive hormones are produced. The pituitary gland is also connected with the ovaries, and monitors the follicular development and ovulation. What‘s more, acupuncture is proven to ease cervix tension and prevent pain during the embryo transfer.
Talk statistics to me!
A leading European fertility clinic’s data says that IVF in combination with acupuncture can increase the chances of getting pregnant by 6%. More specifically, medical trials have been carried out all over the world to examine the effects of acupuncture before, during, and after the embryo transfer. A statistical technique that combines findings from independent studies assessed the effectiveness, and showed that more than two thirds of these studies demonstrated a statistical benefit of having acupuncture done during the IVF cycle. However, there are still skeptics, questioning whether that is just a placebo effect. The truth is that the entire IVF process can be stressful, both physically and mentally challenging. If acupuncture can provide at least proven stress and pain relief, that is a victory in itself.
Acupuncture and IVF
Essentially, the minimum of 25 minute acupuncture sessions in combination with IVF has the ability to ensure the regulation of hormone production. Ultimately, it stimulates blood circulation to the ovaries and uterus making it more receptive for embryo planting, as well as increases nourishment of these areas with effects on the nervous system, adrenal response, and stress levels. Contact us if you’re interested.
Contributing writer: Julie Mahlerová