Research on acupuncture and infertility has been controversial.  Some studies have been too small to prove definite connections, and other studies have contradicted each other.  With that said, there are definite benefits of acupuncture according to research studies:

  • Improved pregnancy rates during IVF treatment cycles, when acupuncture takes place on the day of embryo transfer
  • Increased blood flow to the uterus, leading to an improved endometrial lining
  • Reduced stress and anxiety levels
  • Possible improvement in ovulation
  • Possible improvement in sperm count and quality in men with infertility
  • Possible regulation of gonadotropin releasing hormone, which could help regulate ovulation