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Harnessing Acupuncture for Fertility Support: Boosting IVF Success Rates



In the intricate journey of conception, many couples face hurdles along the path to parenthood. For those exploring assisted reproductive technologies like in vitro fertilization (IVF), the quest for effective adjunct therapies is ongoing. Among these complementary approaches, acupuncture has emerged as a promising ally, offering a range of benefits for supporting fertility and enhancing the likelihood of a successful IVF transfer. At Nguyen Wellness + Recovery, we work with patients both looking to support their fertility more naturally, as well as those who are undergoing fertility treatments here in Houston.


Acupuncture is a powerful tool within the scope of traditional Chinese medicine, and involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to promote a physiological response. For thousands of years, its been used to support many health conditions, including pain, insomnia, anxiety and more. Research suggests several ways in which acupuncture can positively influence reproductive outcomes, particularly in conjunction with IVF. This includes:


  • Reducing stress levels and anxiety

  • Increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs

  • Balancing hormones



How Acupuncture Supports Fertility & IVF


Acupuncture has been shown to reduce stress levels, a critical factor in fertility. The emotional toll of infertility and the rigorous IVF process can trigger heightened stress and anxiety, which may adversely affect the body, as well as the IVF process. By promoting relaxation and mitigating stress hormones, like cortisol, acupuncture creates a conducive internal environment for conception.



Acupuncture can also enhance blood flow to the reproductive organs, including the uterus and ovaries. Improved blood circulation optimizes the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to these vital structures, promoting their health and function. This enhanced blood flow may also contribute to the development of a thicker uterine lining, which is crucial for embryo implantation and successful pregnancy.


Additionally, acupuncture has demonstrated the ability to regulate hormonal balance. By balancing the levels of hormones, like estrogen, progesterone, follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and luteinizing hormone (LH), acupuncture may help better prepare your body for fertility treatment.


When preparing the body for IVF, acupuncture sessions may focus on priming the uterus, regulating menstrual cycles, and optimizing egg quality. It is advisable to begin acupuncture sessions before undergoing IVF, to improve the outcome. This can help to strengthen your constitution, improve your internal reproductive environment, and support your overall wellness, by addressing issues that may indirectly affect fertility, like insomnia, digestive issues, chronic pain or immunity,



During the IVF cycle itself, acupuncture is often performed before and after embryo transfer to enhance relaxation, reduce uterine contractions, and support implantation.

While individual responses to acupuncture vary, several studies have reported promising outcomes regarding its efficacy in conjunction with IVF. Research indicates that women undergoing IVF who receive acupuncture may experience higher pregnancy rates, increased implantation rates, and lower rates of miscarriage compared to those who do not.


If you'd like to experience the benefits of acupuncture for supporting fertility, or if you simply have questions, we invite you to contact our Houston clinic for a brief consultation. Appointments can also be booked online here.

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