Qiraku Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine in Brisbane: IVF and acupuncture

665 Brunswick Street, New Farm Brisbane
TEL: 0415-586-121

Acupuncture for IVF

IVF and Acupuncture

IVF graph Acupuncture, frequently combined with Chinese herbal medicine, has been used for long time to treat infertility.
A great of medical research has examined the effectiveness of acupuncture for IVF.
Recent studies in Denmark, Germany and Australia have shown that acupuncture before and after embryo transfer improved the success rate compared to those not having acupuncture (see graph right).
Studies indicated that acupuncture before and after embryo transfer can:
1. Relax the patient and decrease their stress
2. Prevent the uterus from contracting
3. Lessen the side effects of drugs used in IVF
4. Strengthen the immune system
5. Decrease chances of miscarriage

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How many sessions of Acpuncture?

It is better to start acupuncture treatment at least three cycles before starting procedure IVF, for preparation of pregnancy. During IVF cycle, acupuncture before egg pick up, and before and after embryo transfer would be recommended.

Go to Natural Fertility Support
Go to IUI Support
Go to Male Factor Infertility

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IVF and Acupuncture Researches

  • Gui, J, et al, Effects of Acupuncture on LIF and IL-12 in Rats of Implantation Failure. American Journal of Reproductive Immunology. Am J Reprod Immunol. 2012 May;67(5) ( Abstract here)
  • Balk J, et al, The relationship between perceived stress, acupuncture, and pregnancy rates among IVF patients: a pilot study, Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2010 Aug;16(3):154-7 ( Abstract here )
  • Cui Hong Zheng, et al, Effects of Acupuncture on pregnancy rates in Women undergoing In-vitro fertilization: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis, Fertility and Sterility. 2008 Mar;97(3):599-611 ( Abstract here )
  • Magarelli PC. et al, Changes in serum cortisol and prolactin associated with acupuncture during controlled ovarian hyperstimulation in women undergoing in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer treatment, Fertil Steril 2009 Dec;92(6):1870-9 ( Abstract here)
  • Udoff L. C. et al, The effect of acupuncture on outcomes in in-vitro fertilization (IVF)Fertil Steril 2007 Vol 86, Issue 3, pg S145 ( Abstract here)
  • Smith C. et al, Influence of acupuncture stimulation on pregnancy rates for women undergoing embryo transfer, Fertil Steril 2006 May;85(5):1352-8 ( Abstract here)
  • Westergaard, L. G., et al, Acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer significantly improves the reproductive outcome in infertile women: a prospective, randomized trial, Fertil Steril. 2006 May;85(5) ( Abstract here)
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