Acupuncture Enhances Fertility to Boost IVF Success

Acupuncture has gained wide recognition as a valuable adjunct to in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments. Numerous studies have explored the positive impact of acupuncture on female infertility and its ability to enhance the success of IVF procedures. A recent review has carefully examined this phenomenon and revealed compelling evidence supporting the efficacy of acupuncture. Specifically, six randomized controlled trials (RCTs) conducted over the past three years involving IVF-ET (embryo transfer) patients demonstrated significantly higher clinical pregnancy rates among those who received acupuncture compared to those who did not.

For instance, one study demonstrated that acupuncture can improve the production of high-quality embryos in IVF patients. Another study revealed that acupuncture treatment leads to increased levels of estradiol (E2) and progesterone (P) in IVF patients, facilitating enhanced blood flow in the endometrial artery. These physiological changes are crucial for successful embryo transfer. Moreover, three studies reported significant differences in persistent pregnancy rates between the two groups following a follow-up period. One study showed that IVF-ET patients treated with acupuncture had a higher live birth rate. Additionally, acupuncture was found to enhance endometrial morphology and regulate menstruation in IVF-ET patients. Further studies demonstrated that acupuncture significantly increased E2 levels, the number of retrieved ova, and the production of high-quality embryos in IVF patients.

Another noteworthy finding was that acupuncture could elevate blood E2 and P levels while reducing the incidence of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). By improving the levels of sex hormones and promoting a favorable endometrial condition, acupuncture contributed to an increased clinical pregnancy rate in IVF-ET patients. Moreover, acupuncture played a crucial role in diminishing the occurrence of OHSS and alleviating anxiety levels among patients.

In conclusion, acupuncture has emerged as a valuable technique in the realm of IVF treatments. The evidence from various studies suggests that acupuncture can significantly improve fertility outcomes by enhancing the production of high-quality embryos, regulating sex hormone levels, and promoting a conducive endometrial environment. Furthermore, acupuncture helps reduce the risk of OHSS and alleviates anxiety in patients undergoing IVF. These findings highlight the potential of acupuncture as an effective adjunct therapy to enhance the success of IVF procedures and ultimately fulfill the hopes and dreams of individuals seeking to conceive.

Jing-yu Xu et al Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2022; 2022: 3854117.

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