Acupuncture opens pathways to greater fertility

A recent study has found that acupuncture increased pregnancy rates and reduced miscarriages for in vitro fertilization (IVF) patients.
According to lead author Caroline Smith, the systematic review published in Reproductive Biomedicine showed that three or more acupuncture treatments before an IVF transfer produced more pregnancies compared to no acupuncture.

Following six unsuccessful IUI procedures (where sperm is injected directly into the woman’s uterus) and one unsuccessful IVF, Stephanie was told by a fertility specialist she would not produce enough eggs for an IVF procedure and her only hope for a pregnancy was to have IVF with donor eggs.

Not willing to give up hope yet on having their baby, Stephanie and her husband turned to Acubalance Wellness Centre (, Vancouver’s leading acupuncture fertility clinic.
After six months of weekly acupuncture treatments Stephanie discovered that her AMH (a hormone that indicates how likely a woman is to have enough eggs for an IVF procedure) had improved significantly and that, after starting her IVF cycle, her eggs were of excellent quality.
“Not all IVF acupuncture treatments meet the minimal threshold to be effective,” says Dr. Lorne Brown founder and clinical director of Acubalance located in Vancouver.
“What recent studies and our own clinical experience are showing us is that IVF acupuncture is dose-dependent and a series of acupuncture sessions leading up to the IVF transfer is critical to increasing the chances of a successful pregnancy.”

The benefit of multiple acupuncture treatments is supported in an observational analysis conducted by Acubalance Wellness Centre and Olive Fertility Centre in Vancouver, BC. The analysis compared the outcomes of patients receiving an Acubalance treatment protocol involving a series of acupuncture and laser (LLLT) treatments, leading up to and on the day of transfer, with patients receiving no acupuncture.
The patients receiving the Acubalance protocol had higher pregnancy rates and lower miscarriage rates than those who did not receive it. The most benefit was seen with women who had seven or more acupuncture sessions in the weeks leading up to transfer day plus two treatments onsite at Olive on the day of transfer.

Science is showing that imbalances in hormones like insulin, thyroid, and cortisol (a stress hormone) can interfere with a woman’s ability to ripen or release an egg or with implantation or the ability to carry a baby to term. According to Brown, acupuncture stimulates blood circulation to the ovaries and uterine lining, reduce stress, and regulate hormones to support egg quality and uterine receptivity. The Acubalance approach can include the combination of acupuncture and laser acupuncture (LLLT/photobiomodulation) treatments for maximum benefit.
“We encourage patients undergoing IVF treatment to seek consistent acupuncture treatments at least three to six months before a fresh IVF cycle and at least 4 weeks leading up a frozen transfer as well as making lifestyle changes,” said Brown. “Optimal health is important for this stressful journey.”

For Stephanie and her husband, weekly acupuncture treatments finally helped them realize their dream. “After years of worrying, stress, and feeling like we were running out of time, we had now finally found hope. I got pregnant with my first IVF treatment and nine months later we welcomed a beautiful and healthy 9.5 lb baby boy to our family,” says Stephanie. “The joy of being parents is priceless. I think of how close we were to giving up and how lucky we were to have found and Acubalance, in Vancouver.” Courtesy Asian Pacific Post

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