Acupuncture stimulates Qi – the flow of energy throughout the body – restoring imbalances, removing blockages and relieving pain. Acupuncture is especially indicated for pain, infertility and hormonal issues.
An analysis of several studies found that patients who received acupuncture within a day of their embryo transfer increased their odds of a clinical pregnancy by up to 65%.1 Acupuncture helps by increasing blood flow to the uterus, reducing stress levels and improving the endometrial lining.2 If you are currently preparing for an IVF cycle, many fertility clinics in Toronto offer private rooms for onsite acupuncture to be performed pre- and post-embryo transfer.
I recommend beginning acupuncture treatment three months prior to conception. Treatments are typically performed once a week to help the body prepare for a healthy pregnancy.
1. Manheimer E, Zhang G, Udoff L, Haramati A, Langenberg P, Berman BM, Bouter LM. Effects of acupuncture on rates of pregnancy and live birth among women undergoing in vitro fertilisation: systematic review and meta-analysis. Bmj. 2008 Mar 6;336(7643):545-9.
2. Balk J, Catov J, Horn B, Gecsi K, Wakim A. The relationship between perceived stress, acupuncture, and pregnancy rates among IVF patients: a pilot study. Complementary therapies in clinical practice. 2010 Aug 31;16(3):154