Can Acupuncture Help With Fertility Issues?

a pregnant womanInfertility is a devastating issue that prevents thousands of couples from conceiving all over the world. It affects both men and women equally; however female infertility is somewhat more complicated. This is due to the female reproductive system being a more intricate structure than the male system. More and more Westerners now realise the effectiveness of alternative medicine treatments, such as acupuncture, for fertility issues.

Acupuncture can be used to treat male and female infertility; however, women are seeking out this treatment more than men are. Women often seem more willing than men to try a variety of treatment methods to help rectify their infertility issues.

Additionally, the female reproductive system is much more complicated than men. Because of these two things, more and more women are seeking out alternative medicine treatments to help rectify their infertility issues.

Even if only one partner is suffering from infertility issues, it is often recommended that both partners receive acupuncture treatments. This treatment not only helps to rectify fertility issues but also helps alleviate the stress of trying to get pregnant.

Fertility Acupuncture Methods For Those Undergoing IVF Treatments

Acupuncture is often used in conjunction with IVF (In vitro fertilisation) treatments and has been found to increase the chances of fertility quite considerably.

One theory for this is that the acupuncture sessions will help to relax the woman, before and during the IVF procedure. Excess stress and anxiety have been shown to reduce the likelihood of fertility.

However, it has also been observed that regular acupuncture treatments before commencing IFV can help to regulate a woman’s cycle, which increases the chances of fertility and conception.

Furthermore, from the acupuncture sessions, it is also believed to have an effect on the hormone levels and production associated with a healthy reproductive system.

When Should a Woman Start Acupuncture if Undergoing IVF?

IVF treatmentStudies have shown women who begin fertility acupuncture sessions three to six months before undergoing IVF treatments are more likely to become pregnant than those who receive no acupuncture or those who start acupuncture at the same time they begin IVF treatments.

The reason for this is because the acupuncturist helps to prepare a woman’s body for IVF and pregnancy in the sessions leading up to the IVF procedure, bringing her body into a more harmonious and receptive state.

Using acupuncture for fertility seeks to correct any issues that are contributing to the woman’s infertility. For example, in Chinese medicine terms, a woman may have kidney yin deficiency, which is an extremely common, but easily correctable cause of infertility in females.

More complicated issue may see the woman as having liver qi stagnation or damp or cold in the uterus. It is also possible for a woman to be suffering from a combination of different ailments and conditions that can all be contributing to the overall symptom of infertility.

Other Treatments That May Be Beneficial


Because stress can lower the odds of becoming pregnant, many women also find that massage therapy can help improve fertility by relieving stress. By incorporating massage and acupuncture into fertility methods, a woman has a greater chance of becoming pregnant. These combined with IVF treatments have helped thousands of women to become pregnant.

Auricular Acupuncture

Auricular Acupuncture is also very efficient for several reasons. During the lead-up to the IVF cycle, the acupuncturist may select various points located on the ear to help reduce stress. This because these points have a very calming effect on the nervous system.

Other points on the ears are also chosen for their effectiveness in regulating the hormones. These points are also often needed at various stages during the IVF cycle.