Why Acupuncture Works for Fertility!

  • Promotes blood flow to the uterus and ovaries
  • Improves egg quantity and quality
  • Reduces uterine contractions after IVF assisted implantation
  • Reduces miscarriages and recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL)
  • Helps normalize reproductive hormones
  • Assists in thickening the uterine lining
  • Created calmness – a more “grounded” feeling
  • PMS, endometriosis, anovulation
  • Regulates menstrual cycles
  • Male Factor: Improves sperm count; motility; morphology
  • Reduce stress, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue
  • Improves and supports your immune system
  • Reduces toxic effects of medications
  • Treatments throughout pregnancy


Fertility FAQs

IVF and Acupuncture

Over the past 8 years, Acupuncturist Dr. Diane Cridennda and Reproductive Endocrinologitst Dr. Paul Magarelli have conducted and reported their research on the impact of Acupuncture and IVF outcomes. ​
Their research has shown:

  • Up to 26% higher clinical pregnancies
  • 6% fewer ectopic pregnancies
  • 10% fewer multiple births

​The treatment protocol for IVF patients includes a series of 15 treatments, 10 treatments twice a week for 5 weeks before egg retrieval, 1 treatment right before and right after the transfer, and then 2 treatments post transfer.

Combining acupuncture with your IVF care program, you should expect:

  • Improved Pregnancy Rates
  • Reduced miscarriage rates, multiple births, and ectopic pregnancies.
  • More Take Home Babies! ​

​How does Chinese Medicine help improve IVF success rates?

  1. Improves ovarian function
  2. Increases the blood flow to uterus and increases thickness of the uterine lining
  3. Relaxes the patient and decreases anxiety and stress
  4. Helps prevent uterine contractions
  5. Lessens side effects of IVF drugs
  6. Strengthens & regulates immune system
  7. Improves quantity & quality of sperm
  8. Reduces risk of early miscarriage
  9. Positively affects hypothalamicipuitary-ovarian axis, playing a major role in fertility and regulating menstrual cycles, and may lead to an increased number of follicles.

Additional Support

Ohio Reproductive Medicine and Integra Acupuncture have teamed up to bring you the most successful results! Evidence shows that acupuncture and IVF successfully compliment each other, raising the success rates substantially.

For more information, please call (614) 855-8828.

Ohio Reproductive Medicine

Infertility and Acupuncture

Whether you are planning to use high tech fertility treatments, or take the more natural approach, acupuncture can increase your chances of achieving a pregnancy.

Acupuncture uses the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine for maintaining a balanced system. Our goal is to allow patients to conceive naturally. By strengthening the patient’s health, it allows the inborn ability of conception to take place. A healthy more balanced body will conceive more naturally. Many women feel a sense that their “biological clock” is running out, it stands to reason that pregnancy is more likely to occur in a “healthy” 40 year old versus an “unhealthy” 40 year old.

It will take more than three months to improve the quality of oocytes. Acupuncture therapy can improve ovarian and follicular function. Additionally, acupuncture can increase blood flow to the endometrium, helping to facilitate a thick, rich lining.

This doesn’t mean lost time; it means giving your body a head start. If you do not conceive naturally and decide to use ART, IVF or IUI;you can rest assured that the time spent on improving your health will give you the best possible outcome.

Should I wait to try Traditional Chinese Medicine before using high tech fertility treatments?

Every woman has the inborn ability to conceive naturally. Traditional Chinese Medicine improves overall health and rejuvenation. Acupuncture will bring the body back to “health” balancing all organs and systems involved in reproduction. By allowing this inborn ability to return to its natural state we can restore the body to enable it to carry out what it is naturally prepared to do, and that is to procreate. Its goal is aimed at creating a healthy person. Conception and pregnancy is then just a natural event, the way it should be.

Most patients are aware of their ‘Windows of Opportunity’ or hear the term “Biological Clock” and often believe they are running out of time. In reality, a successful conception and pregnancy relate to the patient’s health more than to the patient’s age. A 40-year-old patient, whose health is restored  (including general as well as reproductive health), stands a better chance of conceiving and maintaining pregnancy than a 30-year-old patient who is in poor health.

When a couple doesn’t conceive on their own (or with the help of IVF), it is time to try something new.
Although we can not guarantee that patients leaving our Clinic will conceive they will be in much better health than before they stared acupuncture. If more aggressive methods are needed like IVF, IUI’s, we can support you through these treatments as well. One thing to remember is that you are going into the next step a whole lot Healthier after having preconception care.

It is important to ask the four important questions:

  1. Are there eggs?
  2. Is there sperm?
    a. In couples with fertility issues it is a 50%-50% deal (male to female ratio)
    b. If there is not good sperm Traditional Chinese Medicine is very effective to improve sperm.
  3. Can the eggs and sperm meet (are fallopian tubes open)?
  4. Is there a healthy place for the baby to grow?

What can you do to help yourself?

First, the more you can eliminate nicotine, caffeine, drugs and alcohol, the higher your chances for success. Take natural high potency multivitamins with iron, folic acid, and B vitamins. Avoid processed foods and meats with high hormone levels as much as possible. Eat soy products and supplements containing natural phytoestrogens.

Exercise moderately, and employ deep breathing techniques. Become actively aware of your fertility signs. Don’t believe that the only way to achieve pregnancy is by taking fertility drugs or medically assisted conception. Some cases do require the use of these methods but with or without them, acupuncture can help support your body’s normal function.

We will help you balance the disharmonies which have been preventing conception.

It is very common for couples today to feel like “it is getting too late”. While its true that the average couple waits until later in life to conceive, TCM may help “turn back the reproductive clock.” Please be patient with yourself. It takes at least three cycles to normalize a woman’s cycle; longer if she has taken fertility drugs, has a history of sexually transmitted disease, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, or polycystic ovaries. Likewise, it takes 70 days to generate new sperm in a man. If he has a history of drug and alcohol abuse or urological complications, it may take longer to regenerate his reproductive capacity.

You are not alone. Approximately one in six to ten couples experience problems with fertility. Innumerable women grieve the loss of a potential child once a month, and lose a little more hope with each period. We believe that we can give you reason for optimism. Acupuncture therapy is gentle, yet effective.  Many women do not need fertility drugs and medically assisted reproductive techniques, yet they go through months of physical and emotional agony, not to mention the financial burden. TCM will put the tack in the wall with a thumb. It is safe, natural, cost effective, and has no side effects. In fact, TCM can only make you stronger, while helping create a healthier environment for a harmonious pregnancy. (TCM will also increase the likelihood of conception if you do opt for the fertility drugs or medically assisted fertilization techniques.)

Recommended readings for fertility and Chinese Medicine

  • Fertility and Conception: A Complete Guide to Getting Pregnant: Zita West
  • The Infertility Cure: Randine Lewis
  • The Infertility Diet: Fern Reiss

See also: IVF and Acupuncture



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