How can acupuncture help with fertility?
Acupuncture may boose female fertility in the following ways, according to the British Acupuncture Council:
- Balancing hormone levels, and regulating their function.
- Increasing blood flow to the ovaries and uterus, helping to relax your muscles which can improve the success rate of embryo implanting.
- Tackling the causes of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which is a common cause of infertility
- Make you feel more relaxed and helping to relieve stress, which inturn may increase the chance of conception.
Moreover, acupuncture may help with male fertility by increasing sperm motility (how fast the sperm swim), as well as increasing levels of the male sex hormone testosterone and creating a better environment for keeping up sperm quality.
There’s evidence that suggests acupuncture supports IVF. Research shows pregnancy rate was higher if acupuncture was performed around the time the embryos were being implanted in the uterus. The NHS submitted a review on acupuncture and success of IVF, noting that acupuncture has a positive effect of pregnancy rates when given with IVF.