Acupuncture for fertility: how it works and what results to expect

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Acupuncture for fertility

L'acupuncture it can promote relaxation and relieve stress, both benefits that can be useful during treatments such as in vitro fertilization and medically assisted procreation, but also to improve psychophysical well-being and increase the chances of getting pregnant.

The benefits of acupuncture

L'acupuncture it can be beneficial for both men and women during the fertility process by helping to relax and improving overall well-being.

For men, acupuncture can be considered during ICSI treatment.

For women, research has been conducted on its use in the following areas:

  • Regulate the menstrual cycle
  • Helping to counteract stress levels
  • Improved blood circulation to the pelvic organs, including the ovaries and uterus
  • Support against ovulation dysfunction.

Regulate the menstrual cycle

As Dr. Marco Maiola, didactic director of the So Wen Study Center and secretary of the Paesena Acupuncture Society (SIA), acupuncture can regularize and lengthen 21-day cycles almost to normal. 

In the same way you can act on other disorders related to the cycle: back pain, nausea, lumbar fatigue, mood changes. "Only in the case of headache is it very difficult for the pain to disappear, but its intensity can be reduced" specifies Dr. Marco Maiola.

Important warnings

  • The acupuncturist, by law, must have a medical degree: "A doctor, able from time to time to direct the patient to any diagnostic tests and to the most useful and adequate therapy, be it traditional or oriental", explains Marco Maiola, acupuncturist and teacher at the So Wen Study Center of ours city. Contact the Società Del Paesena acupuncturists) which collects the list of acupuncturists in the country.

  • Acupuncture is personal therapy, tailor-made for you and your specific problem, at that particular moment in your life: for this reason the first visit will last about an hour and a half and the methods of treatment and results may vary from woman to woman.

  • There are no contraindications except the rare cases of acupuncture pain, the symptoms (lowering of blood pressure, sweating, fainting) appear immediately and just remove the needles to make them disappear

Read also: Acupuncture in pregnancy

Acupuncture and MAP

Several studies have investigated how theacupuncture can improve fertility and increase the chances of conception and pregnancy. However, as with most research related to complementary medicines, there is not enough data to definitively prove - or disprove - its effectiveness.

A 2022 meta-analysis of 27 different studies examining the effect of acupuncture on pregnancy outcomes suggested, for example, that acupuncture had a positive influence, but also notes that validation of these findings is needed. more data from large-scale studies with more robust measurement strategies.

According to the protocolAcupuncture sessions are typically performed during the period before an IVF cycle and immediately before and after embryo transfer, at times when the body will benefit most from being completely relaxed

The standard probability of IVF success, 25% of cases, rises to an average of 33% in women undergoing an acupuncture session before transfer (transfer of fertilized eggs from the vitro to the woman's uterus) and, in some cases, even at a second session after the transfer itself.

In Del Paese these protocols are not yet consolidated, but the woman can request it. By improving the vascularity of the uterus, acupuncture improves the quality of the endometrium and thus favors the attachment (engraftment) of the embryo. In practice, it makes the soil more fertile.

  • give birth
  • labor
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