Infertility is defined as not being able to become pregnant after a year of unprotected sex. Pregnancies which terminate in miscarriages, or the inability to carry a fetus to a full term pregnancy, it is also a form infertility.  Approximately 1/3 of the cases are traced to the woman, and approximately 1/3 are traced to the man, as the cause of infertility.  The other 1/3 is thought to be due to both partners or no apparent cause is found.

Modern medicine offers many solutions for this problem.  Most of the procedures are either invasive or expensive.  It has been shown in many studies that acupuncture can even help in the success rate of Western biomedical procedures such as IVF.  I have found that very often such expensive and invasive procedures involving surgery and strong drugs can be avoided utilizing the centuries old Traditional medicine of China, acupuncture and herbal remedies.  Many studies exist that show how effective this traditional medicine is.  Please read the article below.

Elyse Josephs, L.Ac., Dipl. OM

Use of acupuncture in female infertility and a summary of recent acupuncture studies related to embryo transfer.

Stener-Victorin E, Humaidan P.
Institute of Neuroscience and Physiolopgy, Sahlgrenska Academy, Göteborg University, Sweden.

During the last five years the use of acupuncture in female infertility as an adjuvant to conventional treatment in assisted reproductive technology (ART) has increased in popularity. The present paper briefly discusses clinical and experimental data on the effect of acupuncture on uterine and ovarian blood flow, as an analgesic method during ART, and on endocrine and metabolic disturbances such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Further it gives a summary of recent studies evaluating the effect of acupuncture before and after embryo transfer on pregnancy outcome. Of the four published RCTs, three reveal significantly higher pregnancy rates in the acupuncture groups compared with the control groups. But the use of different study protocols makes it difficult to draw definitive conclusions. It seems, however, that acupuncture has a positive effect and no adverse effects on pregnancy outcome.

PMID: 17264833 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Effect of acupuncture on the outcome of in vitro fertilization and intracytoplasmic sperm injection: a randomized, prospective, controlled clinical study.

Dieterle S, Ying G, Hatzmann W, Neuer A.
Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Witten/Herdecke, Dortmund, Germany.

OBJECTIVE: To determine the effect of luteal-phase acupuncture on the outcome of IVF/intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). DESIGN: Randomized, prospective, controlled clinical study. SETTING: University IVF center. PATIENT(S): Two hundred twenty-five infertile patients undergoing IVF/ICSI. INTERVENTION(S): In group I, 116 patients received luteal-phase acupuncture according to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine. In group II, 109 patients received placebo acupuncture. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Clinical and ongoing pregnancy rates. RESULT(S): In group I, the clinical pregnancy rate and ongoing pregnancy rate (33.6% and 28.4%, respectively) were significantly higher than in group II (15.6% and 13.8%). CONCLUSION(S): Luteal-phase acupuncture has a positive effect on the outcome of IVF/ICSI.

PMID: 16616748 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE

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