Please click on the link: IVF success rates, to view an article published in Fertility and Sterility, comparing IVF success rates in IVF patients using acupuncture during treatment to those who did not. (or you can paste this address into your browser: http://www.comoxvalleyacupuncture.com/pdf/paulus%20study.pdf ).
Please click on the link: Role of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Female Infertility , to view an article pulished in Fertility and Sterility, which reviews previous research on acupuncture's neuroendocrine effect on the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, uterine artery blood flow, and other biochemical processes that effect fertility. (or you can past this address into your browser: http://www.comoxvalleyacupuncture.com/pdf/raymong%20cheng.pdf ).
Please click on the link: Acupuncture for infertility: is it an effective therapy? to review a meta-analysis (review of existing research) providing a helpful summary of research and findings with respect to this question. It arrives at the following conclusion:
"Most of the studies suggested that acupuncture plays a positive role in the management of infertility including ovulation dysfunction, IVF-ET, and male infertility. Acupuncture may improve ovulation via modulation of the central and peripheral nervous system, the neuroendocrine and endocrine system, the ovarian blood flow, and metabolism. Acupuncture can improve the outcome of IVF-ET, and the mechanisms may be related to an increased uterine blood flow, inhibition of uterine motility, and a reduction of depression, anxiety and stress. Its effect in modulating immune function also suggests helpfulness in improving the outcome of IVF-ET."
Deborah Houseworth, MAc, LAc
East Asian Medicine Practitioner
2366 Eastlake Ave East #431
Seattle, WA 98102