Updated: Sep 1, 2022
IVF is the most popular treatment of infertility. However, many of IVF cycles do not result in pregnancy, which is not only heartbreaking but is very costly.
*A study conducted at Foshan Women and Children’s Hospital (Guangdong, China) shows that acupuncture reduces fluid buildup in the endometrium cavity and improves clinical pregnancy rates after IVF.
Acupuncture enhances IVF outcomes in women with delayed embryo transfers because of increased ECF (endometrial cavity fluid)--ECF was significantly associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes and gestational diabetes. Acupuncture greatly helps to reduce the ECF and the time required to transfer the embryo, as well as increase the rates of clinical pregnancy.
Acupuncture plays a big role with IVF success rates because it helps reduce the stress women go through when embarking on IVF numerous decisions and infertility treatments. Studies have shown that during an acupuncture treatment, when needles are inserted into the skin, the body releases its own natural pain killer which is the endorphins. Endorphins are responsible for the relaxed, euphoric feeling one gets after every session. With every session, your muscle relaxes and calms your busy mind.
Stress and/or aging can also lead to decreased blood circulation to the uterus and ovaries and acupuncture can help improve blood flow and deliver a stream of nutrient-rich blood into the ovaries and uterus and a good amount of blood flow in the ovary will work hand-in-hand with your fertility medications. Increased uterine blood circulation ensures a thick uterine lining and creates a perfect environment for implantation.
*Su Wenwu, Gao Xiuan, Gao Zhiyun, Pan Jialei, Deng Fang, He Wanting (2019) “Clinical observation on the therapeutic effect of warm acupuncture on endometrial cavity fluid from in vitro fertilization embryo transfer” Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion. Vol.39(9) pp.923-926.
**Nitika Gupta, Shilpa Bhandari, Pallavi Aggarwal, Ishita Ganguly, Aparna Singh (2017) “Effect of Endometrial Cavity Fluid on Pregnancy Rate of Fresh vs. Frozen In Vitro Fertilization Cycle” Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences. Vol.10(4) pp.288-292.
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