Acupuncture in IVF – When should it be performed?
Overall the data is inconclusive but it’s thought that acupuncture may improve blood flow to the uterus and ovaries and stimulate the release of neurotransmitters which travel in the blood and may also improve pregnancy outcomes. Given the inconsistency in clinical trials and the conflicting results, it is likely that the effect of acupuncture is not universal.
In a large prospective randomized control study conducted at RMANJ, (J. L. Fratterelli; et al 2008), laser acupuncture treatment performed pre-and-post embryo transfer during an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle showed some improvement in implantation rates compared to traditional needle acupuncture. Over all there is little downside to acupuncture as far as we can tell and so patients who are interested in it should feel comfortable adding it to their IVF care.
-Blog Post by Dr. Thomas Molinaro, MD, MSCE, FACOG
Physician Partner, Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey Eatontown, NJ