Research is further demonstrating that Acupuncture increases fertility and pregnancy rates, increasing ovulation.
The latest study to be published in the American Journal of Reproductive Immunology shows that Acupuncture combined with ovulation inducing drugs clomiphene (clomifert, clomid) showed greater results than the ovulation drug used alone. Acupuncture Increases Fertility and Pregnancy Rates
The study measured a control group of 19 women and an acupuncture group of 17 women. The control group received 50mg of oral clomiphene at a rate of once per day for a total of 50 menstrual cycles. The acupuncture group received the clomiphene at the same dosage and rate plus regular acupuncture treatments. The researchers measured changes in ovulation, endometrial thickness, cervical mucus, pelvic fluid, and follicular development. The acupuncture group showed a significantly higher rate of both ovulation and conception than the group receiving medication only.
In another recent study of 5,807 women, it was demonstrated that acupuncture increases fertility and improves clinical pregnancy rates and live birth rates for women receiving IVF (in vitro fertilization).
Also in a study of 309 women, it was found that electro-acupuncture “significantly improved the clinical outcome of ET (embryo transfer).”
Further studies measured the biochemical mechanisms by which acupuncture increases fertility and IVF success rates. In a randomized controlled study, it was concluded that, “Acupuncture could improve the poor receptive state of (the) endometrium due to mifepristone by promoting Th2 cytokines secretion and inhibiting Th1 cytokines to improve blastocyst implantation.”