Acupuncture in boosting IVF results

Acupuncture, is an ancient Chinese system of alternate medicine in which fine needles are inserted in the skin at specific points along what are considered to be lines of energy, depending on the condition requiring treatment.

Despite the advances of modern medicine in reproductive medicine, the success rates of ARTs are not very high. According to most studies, IVF is only about 30 percent effective with each procedure, as a result, majority of couples need more than one IVF and ICSI treatments. The stress brought about by failures very often leaves couples looking for options that could promote their chances of conceiving.

According to a recent study from Homerton, Britain, Acupuncture can dramatically improve success rates. The British studies claim almost double the success with acupuncture. This was in agreement with a previous German study which had documented a success rate of 42.5% patients in the group which underwent acupuncture versus 26.3% success in the control group. To be effective Acupuncture should be performed around the time of embryo transfer, preferably the same day.

Researchers and practitioners alike agree that acupuncture is generally harmless, and also agree it enhances relaxation, lowers stress levels. While fertility experts find these results interesting, they caution people against very high expectations. A placebo effect cannot be completely rule out according to some.