Fertility & Infertility Treament

Acupuncture: A Time-Honored Alternative for Treating Fertility & Infertility.

Millions of couples are affected by fertility and infertility issues.  When finances allow, couples may undergo months or even years of expensive fertility treatments, in many cases without positive results.  Western medicine is simply not able to cure fertility problems for all couples.  While some causes of fertility and infertility can only be corrected by surgery, acupuncture has been used successfully for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine to increase fertility and enhance conception.  Acupuncture is useful in improving the functioning of both male and female reproductive systems.

Acupuncture today remains one of the most popular natural therapies for infertility.  It is safe, noninvasive, and inexpensive compared to infertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).  Acupuncture does not involve the risk of side effects as do fertility drugs.  And, most importantly, Western medical researchers have found a significant correlation between acupuncture and improved fertility for both men and women.

Acupuncture: Proven by Science for Fertility Enhancement.

Scientific studies have confirmed acupuncture’s role as a valuable fertility therapy.  Recent studies have shown that women who incorporate acupuncture into their in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments are significantly more likely to become pregnant than those who use IVF alone.[1]  In addition, researchers have discovered that women who used acupuncture without any other fertility treatments were just as likely to conceive in the same period of time as women who took a fertility drug.[2]  Studies on male patients are similarly positive, confirming that acupuncture treatments can help to improve sperm quality in men with fertility issues.[3]

We have successfully used acupuncture to treat reproductive difficulties for our own patients.  Nothing compares to the joy on a new parent’s face when they announce their long-dreamed-of pregnancy, and we are proud to play a part in helping our patients to achieve their reproductive goals.  We would welcome the opportunity to speak with you about how acupuncture can help in your personal fertility situation.

To learn how acupuncture can address your individual fertility needs, or to schedule an appointment with our therapist, please contact us at (513) 373-5021.

[1]  In a Danish study to investigate the befits of acupuncture in assisted reproduction (IVF and ICSI), pregnancy rates were significantly higher for female patients who received acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer (immediately before and immediately after transfer) than those who did not receive acupuncture.

A separate study carried out at the Reproductive Medicine and Fertility Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has compared the pregnancy rates of 114 women, half of whom received acupuncture before and after embryo transfer, while the other half underwent transfer without acupuncture (control group). The acupuncture group obtained a 51% pregnancy rate and an 8% miscarriage rate compared to 36% and 20% respectively in the control group. Acupuncture also was found to reduce the risk of tubal pregnancy and increase the live birth rate.

[2]  Fertility and Sterility 2002;78:1149-1153.
In a separate study, researchers at the Department of Gynaecological Endocrinology and Reproduction at the Women’s Hospital, University of Heidelberg, report that “acupuncture seems to offer a valuable alternative therapy for female infertility due to hormone disorders” after research showed that an acupuncture group of 45 patients achieved a higher rate of pregnancy than a similar group treated with hormones, suffered no side effects and reported additional health benefits.

A review of the medical literature on acupuncture and female fertility published in the journal Fertility and Sterility has shown that acupuncture can help reduce stress, increase blood flow to the reproductive organs and normalize ovulation and the menstrual cycle.  As such, women struggling to get pregnant may want to add acupuncture to their roster of fertility-boosting treatments, according to study author Dr. Raymond Chang of Cornell University.

[3]  A study of the effect of acupuncture on sperm quality in men suffering infertility of unknown cause, found that after twice weekly treatment for five weeks, there were fewer structural sperm defects (acrosome position and shape, nuclear shape, axonemal pattern and shape, and accessory fibres of sperm organelles) and an increase in the number of normal sperm ejaculated.

In a small Brazilian study, male patients with sperm abnormalities who were treated with acupuncture showed a significant improvement in sperm morphology (i.e. normally formed sperm).

A German study (Die Beeinflussbarkeit der Samenqualitat durch Akupunktur bei subfertilen Mannern by Fischl. F. et. al) reports improvement in sperm motility, concentration and count after ten acupuncture treatments.

All of the above studies are as reported and summarized in The Journal of Chinese Medicine (www.jcm.co.uk).