IVF helps many couples with fertility problems to get pregnant. IVF success rate is not 100%. Acupuncture with minimal side effects is beneficial for couple going through IVF.
The most recent study reviewed how acupuncture helps IVF success.
Acupuncture helps increasing good quality of eggs. Acupuncture corrects hormone imbalance by improving female infertility through modulation of the hypothalamic–pituitary– ovarian (HPO) axis, estrogen regulation, and increased ß-endorphins; it stimulates ovulation; it also increases blood flow to the ovaries and reduces inflammation in follicular fluids.
Acupuncture improves uterine receptivity. Acupuncture increases blood flow to the uterus to help uterine lining grow and repair; it also reduces uterine contractility to prevent embryo expulsion and it reduces immune response of the body and the uterus. This increases the uterine receptivity for implantation.
For patient with long a history of infertility stress and anxiety influences the IVF success rate greatly. Acupuncture is very effective for reducing stress and anxiety. This is because acupuncture rebalance hormones in the brain increasing ß-endorphin production, reduces the sympathetic nerves activity.
Djaali W et al Med Acupunct. 2019 Dec 1;31(6):361-365. doi: 10.1089/acu.2019.1394. Epub 2019 Dec 13.