The role of acupuncture in patients at unfavourable reproductive prognosis in IVF: a prospective randomised study

Arnoldi M et al, Human Reproduction. 25(20100600)pg i257, ESHRE JUN 2010

102 patients with previous history of failed IVF attempts or with high FSH were offered acupuncture during their next IVF cycle, and the outcome was compared with a similar group who did not have acupuncture. The pregnancy rate was found to be significantly higher in the acupuncture group.


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Some good reasons why you should think about having acupuncture before and during your IVF cycle

There are several good reasons why you should think about having acupuncture before and during your IVF cycle

……..or maybe why you shouldn’t !



Spoiler alert …..

If you are young, and healthy and doing IVF only because of male factor or blocked tubes, acupuncture might not benefit you as much as it could other IVF patients.

UNLESS you are feeling a bit stressed about the whole thing, then you should definitely consider it.

OR if you are planning a frozen embryo transfer, there is a lot you can do to prepare the uterine lining.

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Chinese herbal medicine Guizhi Fuling Formula for treatment of uterine fibroids: a systematic review of randomised clinical trials

Ni-Ni Chen et al, BMC Complement Altern Med. 2014; 14: 2.

This review examined 38 RCTs (some of which were at risk of bias) and nearly 4000 patients with fibroids. They were treated with mifepristone alone or in combination with a well known herbal formula.

They state that meta-analyses demonstrated that Guizhi Fuling Formula plus mifepristone was more effective than mifepristone alone in reducing the volume of fibroids, and the herbal formula significantly improved symptoms of pain when it was used alone or in combination with mifepristone.  Read More

An Easy Aid to Weight Loss?

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Some overweight women and some women with PCOS have a hard time controlling their blood sugar levels, and this can make dieting and weight loss particularly difficult. Amazingly it appears that just one electroacupuncture treatment can reduce blood sugar, in much the same way that vigorous exercise does. Repeated electroacupuncture treatments also improve ovary function in PCOS patients.

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Acupuncture and Period Pain


Source; SBS News, AAP. 18th July 2017


Our colleagues at Western Sydney Uni have released a paper proving something many of our patients already know, acupuncture helps period pain. And the effects last up to a year. When period pain improves, not only does quality of life look up, but we know from our TCM understanding that removing the stasis causing the pain, can also be seen as a marker of improved fertility.


See the full SBS news report here 


Prior to Conception: The Role of an Acupuncture Protocol in Improving Women’s Reproductive Functioning

Cochrane S et al,  Evid Based Comp and Alt Med, 2016, Article ID 3587569, 11 pages

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine


Acupuncture as a modality to improve fertility in women who had been trying to conceive for a year or more without success, was assessed in this review. It shows that women receiving acupuncture tend to conceive more rapidly than those in a control group. Read More

8 things you should know about the uterine lining, and 6 things you can do to improve implantation of an embryo.


Embryo Preparing to Implant

Embryo Preparing to Implant

The implantation of an embryo in the uterus is a crucial early step in establishing a successful pregnancy.

Here we are talking about the first few steps of life ………

This is a hatching blastocyst, ready to find its implantation site and begin life in its new home for the next 9 months.

You can see how busy this little embryo has been just getting this far by clicking here!


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How to improve the Uterine Lining

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The Acupuncture Pregnancy Clinic


IVF has taken us as far as it can with embryo quality now that screening of embryos with PGS is becoming routine. Yet only half of chromosomally normal embryos implant to become a viable pregnancy. Our attention must turn towards the uterus and the receptivity of its lining, the endometrium. Chinese medicine may be able to lead the way with helpful interventions to improve the quality of the lining.

A short slide presentation outlines some of our treatment strategies and our reasons for focusing on these.


Transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation improves outcomes of in vitro fertilization by increasing neuropeptide Y levels: A RCT

1-s2.0-S1876382015X00023-cov150hFan Qu et al, EuJIM, 2015 Vol 7, Suppl 1, p 18

European Journal of Integrative Medicine,


Electrical stimulation of acupuncture points has proved to help success rates of frozen embryo transfer cycles in previous clinical trials, with evidence of improvement in the structure of the uterine lining. In this trial the levels of a certain neuropeptide was increased in the follicles of IVF patients who received electro-stimulation 2/100Hz and in the same women, the pregnancy rate was significantly improved.

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