Acupuncture and IVF

According to, “In vitro fertilization (IVF) is not a complex procedure to understand. Broken down into its most basic parts, IVF has five main steps:

1) Stimulate the growth and development of multiple eggs within the ovaries
2) Removal of the eggs (Egg Retrieval)
3) Fertilization of the eggs
4) Embryo culture (allowing the fertilized eggs to grow and develop in the laboratory)
5) Placement of the embryos into the uterus

“Each of these five steps can be performed in a slightly different manner based on the preferences of the physician. At IVF1, we use an evidence based approach to determine the protocols for IVF. Below is a more detailed explanation of the IVF process.”

What people don’t usually know is that acupuncture can be a beneficial aid in the success of implementing the IVF procedure. How beneficial exactly has been the major point of discussion.

The article suggested here at suggests the efficacy of the treatment can be substantial in some circumstances and analyzes credible studies over the past 15 years of research.

According to one study examined in their article, “IVF patients who had acupuncture had a 42% pregnancy rate. IVF patients who did not have acupuncture had a 26% rate.”

While there are numerous variables in the study of acupuncture and IVF, and that the need for further research continues, patients looking into acupuncture for the assistance in achieving success in IVF would do well to review this story.

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