Acupuncture and Fertility

Acupuncture and herbal medicine have been used effectively for female and male infertility for thousands of years. Today reproductive acupuncture is making its way into the mainstream as an effective, scientifically justified fertility treatment.

The World Health Organisation on the use of acupuncture for infertility:

“Acupuncture was reported to be effective in the treatment of female anovular infertility…” “Acupuncture is also worth trying in the treatment of female infertility due to inflammatory obstruction of the fallopian tubes, where it seems to be superior to conventional therapy with intrauterine injection of gentamicin, chymotrypsin and dexamethasone.”

The above excerpt is from a book published in 2002. There has been plentiful new research on acupuncture and infertility published since then. And the use of acupuncture in the treatment of infertility is expanding study by study.

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What reproductive disorders have we helped with acupuncture and herbs?

    • Advanced Maternal Age,  Premature ovarian failure (low AMH, high FSH)
    • Polycystic ovaries (PCOS)
    • Unexplained Infertility
    • IVF support/preparation
    • IUI support/preparation
    • Stress and Infertility
    • Poor Egg Quality
    • Endometriosis
    • Uterine fibroids
    • Secondary Infertility
    • Autoimmune Infertility
    • Recurrent Miscarriage and reducing the risk of miscarriage
    • Hyperprolactinemia
    • Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS)
    • Luteal Phase Defect
    • Male factor subfertility 

Why try acupuncture first?

As I specialise in acupuncture for fertility, I mostly see patients who have a diagnosis of infertility. These patients sometimes would have spent a few years trying various treatments. But really, it should be another way around – you should try acupuncture and herbs first. The effectiveness and safety of acupuncture and herbs, compared to IVF drugs or even commonly used estrogen-blocking drugs dictates this. Not to mention, acupuncture and herbs are normally just a fraction of the cost of IVF.

To summarise, Acupuncture for infertility is:

  • Safe
  • Effective
  • Cost-effective
  • Minimally invasive compared to in vitro fertilisation or intrauterine insemination

What’s the most appropriate treatment in my situation?

With some reproductive disorders, acupuncture and herbs alone will not be helpful. Depending on your situation, combining acupuncture with  IVF, IUI, reproductive drugs or other treatment may be the quickest way to conceive. The integration of these treatments will get you to your goal of getting a baby quicker and will reduce the side effects of Western medical treatment to a certain extent. For example, acupuncture significantly increased pregnancy rates in women undergoing in vitro fertilisation (IVF) in a German study in 2002. Other studies reproduced similar results. Acupuncture was also helpful to reduce certain risks associated with IVF. It was shown to reduce the risk of miscarriages, tubular/ectopic pregnancies, increased live birth rate of IVF.  Read more about IVF and acupuncture.

To achieve the best results, clinically we often combine acupuncture with Chinese herbal medicine for infertility.

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