Acupuncture is an excellent adjunct to Western fertility treatment: a recent study reported in the British Medical Journal found that in combination with IVF “acupuncture increased the odds of clinical pregnancy by 65%.” (BMJ Feb 2008)
The use of acupuncture to enhance the effects of IVF is increasingly acknowledged by Western fertility clinics and now many recommend their patients to have acupuncture during fertility procedures.

Studies in Germany, China and America showed conception rates in IVF clinics of around 25% without acupuncture being increased to around 45% with acupuncture. A recent study published in the British Medical Journal reported that acupuncture improved the success rates of IVF up to 65%. Acupuncture also has a good track record with other Assisted Reproduction Techniques (ART) including IUI, ICSI, and drug induced ovarian stimulation.

Whilst acupuncture treatments can assist with conception rate if they are used solely during an ART success rates are much higher if patients commence treatments at least 1 month and preferably 3 months prior to undergoing assisted fertility.

As the treatments are based on improving fertility some patients fall pregnant naturally without the need for ART.
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