What Scientific Research States About Acupuncture for Infertility

 

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Acupuncture may help treat infertility. Research is inconclusive on how beneficial acupuncture is as a treatment for infertility, however. Talk to your doctor if you’re interested in learning more. When used as a treatment for infertility, proponents of acupuncture say it can help by: boosting blood flow to reproductive organ. Acupuncture proponents have recommended it for a variety of medical conditions that affect fertility.

These include polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), fibroids, endometriosis, and issues with ovarian reserve and sperm quality. It may also help relieve some of the side effects associated with fertility drugs (such as. Acupuncture has been shown to help reduce depression, which can be a problem for women struggling with infertility.

It can also decrease stress and anxiety that can contribute to fertility problems. What’s more, high levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) have been shown to increase the risk of miscarriage in women once they. Research has also shown acupuncture can boost fertility in men. Male infertility is the cause about 30 percent of the time in couples who cannot conceive.

A 2005 study published in Fertility and Sterility showed acupuncture can help treat male infertility by increasing the number of normal sperm and decreasing the number of defective sperm. The use of acupuncture, moxibustion, and herbal medicine has deep roots in women’s health in Korea. In this study, we attempted to record the results of such practices pertaining to unexplained female infertility. The use of the standard therapeutic package used in this study is safe and minimally, if at all, risky.

Publications focus primarily on acupuncture therapy for male infertility (1, 2). Electroacupuncture may reduce blood flow impedance in the uterine arteries of infertile women (3). A positive impact of electroacupuncture on endocrinologic parameters and ovulation in women with polycystic ovary syndrome has been. Research suggests that acupuncture can help manage certain pain conditions, but evidence about its value for other health issues is uncertain.

What the Science Says About Safety and Side Effects of Acupuncture. (FDA) regulates acupuncture needles as medical devices for use by licensed practitioners and. Acupuncture can increase fertility by reducing stress, increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs and balancing the endocrine system, according to several studies and medical research. (Last year a Dutch and US research project published in the British Medical Journal revealed that for every 10 cycles of IVF with acupuncture there would be one extra pregnancy compared with.

List of related literature:

A few published studies have shown that acupuncture may help a variety of fertility issues at almost every age and promotes reproductive health in general (though, again, there’s no scientific consensus on how much – or even whether – acupuncture really helps).

“What to Expect: Before You're Expecting” by Sharon Mazel, Heidi Murkoff
from What to Expect: Before You’re Expecting
by Sharon Mazel, Heidi Murkoff
Simon & Schuster UK, 2010

Acupuncture has long been used as a treatment for infertility, but researchers are still trying to determine whether it actually does improve IVF success rates.

“It Starts with the Egg: How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You Get Pregnant Naturally, Prevent Miscarriage, and Improve Your Odds in IVF (Second Edition)” by Rebecca Fett
from It Starts with the Egg: How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You Get Pregnant Naturally, Prevent Miscarriage, and Improve Your Odds in IVF (Second Edition)
by Rebecca Fett
Franklin Fox Publishing LLC, 2019

It would be unwarranted to recommend that all patients undergo acupuncture treatment as a sure way to increase their odds of conceiving, since the research is not definitive.

“Biennial Review of Infertility: Volume 4” by Douglas T. Carrell, Peter N. Schlegel, Catherine Racowsky, Luca Gianaroli
from Biennial Review of Infertility: Volume 4
by Douglas T. Carrell, Peter N. Schlegel, et. al.
Springer International Publishing, 2015

We’ve already seen various ways in which acupuncture can improve fertility in several situations, long before IVF is considered, as well as in conjunction with some medical treatments.

“Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility” by Jill Blakeway, Sami S. David
from Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility
by Jill Blakeway, Sami S. David
Little, Brown, 2009

For those finding conception elusive, acupuncture may help with fertility issues.

“What to Expect When You're Expecting 4th Edition” by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel
from What to Expect When You’re Expecting 4th Edition
by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel
Simon & Schuster UK, 2010

For years I have used acupuncture in my clinic to treat many different fertility problems.

“The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies” by Randine Lewis
from The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies
by Randine Lewis
Little, Brown, 2008

Use of acupuncture in female infertility and a summary of recent acupuncture studies related to embryo transfer.

“Textbook of Assisted Reproductive Techniques: Two Volume Set” by David K. Gardner, Ariel Weissman, Colin M. Howles, Zeev Shoham
from Textbook of Assisted Reproductive Techniques: Two Volume Set
by David K. Gardner, Ariel Weissman, et. al.
CRC Press, 2017

Many small studies have looked at the potential benefits of acupuncture to the fertility patient, but the findings have been inconsistent.

“Before Your Pregnancy: A 90-Day Guide for Couples on How to Prepare for a Healthy Conception” by Amy Ogle, Lisa Mazzullo, Mary D'Alton
from Before Your Pregnancy: A 90-Day Guide for Couples on How to Prepare for a Healthy Conception
by Amy Ogle, Lisa Mazzullo, Mary D’Alton
Random House Publishing Group, 2011

Acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer significantly improves the reproductive outcome in infertile women: A prospective, randomized trial.

“Berek & Novak's Gynecology” by Jonathan S. Berek
from Berek & Novak’s Gynecology
by Jonathan S. Berek
Wolters Kluwer Health, 2019

Various studies of acupuncture treatment have been conducted on male infertility patients.

“Male Infertility: Contemporary Clinical Approaches, Andrology, ART and Antioxidants” by Sijo J. Parekattil, Sandro C. Esteves, Ashok Agarwal
from Male Infertility: Contemporary Clinical Approaches, Andrology, ART and Antioxidants
by Sijo J. Parekattil, Sandro C. Esteves, Ashok Agarwal
Springer International Publishing, 2020

Oktay Kutluk

Kutluk Oktay, MD, FACOG is one of the world's foremost experts in fertility preservation as well as ovarian stimulation and in vitro fertilization for infertility treatments. He developed and performed the world's first ovarian transplantation procedures as well as pioneered new ovarian stimulation protocols for embryo and oocyte freezing for breast and endometrial cancer patients.

Mail: [email protected]
Telephone: +1 (877) 492-3666

Biography: https://medicine.yale.edu/profile/kutluk_oktay/
Bibliography: oktay_bibliography

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  • Hey sisters this is very helpful information so I need acupuncture and Chinese medicine I am in Boston where I can get in Boston the best like you do it

  • has anyone had success with acupuncture and fertility? i really want to try it, am in the middle of my second miscarriage back to back:( xo

  • Hi! Awesome video ladies! Can you please reply back with the name of the Chinese massage for fertility that you mentioned? I’m almost done with my MSAOM degree and am interested in further training…Thank you!!!