Most clinical trials to date suggest that acupuncture treatment may be useful in the embryo transfer stage of in vitro fertilisation, and results in an increased pregnancy rate and a greater number of live births, though there have been exceptions and not every trial is consistent with the aforementioned results. 

Acupuncture may help in the treatment of infertility by:

  • regulating fertility hormones – stress and other factors can disrupt the function of the hypothalamic pituitary-ovarian axis (HPOA). Acupuncture promotes the release of beta-endorphin in the brain, which regulates gonadotrophin releasing hormone from the hypothalamus, follicle stimulating hormone from the pituitary gland, and oestrogen and progesterone levels from the ovary.

  • ncreasing blood flow to the reproductive organs, which can improve the thickness of the endometrial lining, so increasing the chances of embryo implantation.

  • increasing egg production and improving oocyte quality, which could increase the chance of fertilisation.

  • enhancing luteal function 

  • regulating follicle stimulation hormone-receptor expression.

  • normalising cortisol and prolactin levels on IVF medication days reducing stress.

  • promoting embryo implantation