Acupuncture for IVF, ICSI, IUI, Egg & Sperm Donation

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Women who undergo IVF increase their chances of pregnancy if they are treated with acupuncture, a new analysis suggests

65 % increase in the chance of becoming pregnant

91 % increase in the number of live births.

87 % increase in continuing the pregnancy.

(from Times On Line, 8 Feb, 2008)

This is great news for women having assisted fertility treatment such as IVF, ICSI, IUI, Egg or Sperm donation.

In China there exists huge databases of research into the benefits of acupuncture. Unfortunately this remains largely inaccessible and may not conform to Western medical requirements. However, as new research begins to provide quantifiable evidence of traditional acupuncture’s efficacy and cost-effectiveness, the body of evidence available internationally is growing rapidly.

Brooke has a special interest in assisted fertility and has undertaken training in acupuncture support alongside assisted fertility’ with two leading acupuncturist fertility experts, including Zita West – Zita West National Network of Affiliated Acupuncturists

The treatments may also importantly help to maintain and nurture the pregnancy to full term.
More information can be found on the Fertility page

‘Acupuncture ‘boosts success rate of IVF’

Acupuncture more than doubles women’s chances of having a baby through IVF, according to early results from a British trial……

Karin Gillerman, the acupuncturist who led the trial, said that the theory was that stimulating the nerves of particular points around the ovaries increased the blood flowing to them and helped the development of their follicles, where the eggs mature.

She won the support of Roy Homburg, professor of reproductive medicine at Queen Mary University of London.  “Being a cynical conventional doctor, I didn’t believe it was going to work,” he said.  “Having seen these results, I’m completely converted.”

 

The Times, July 5, 2016