Author: 
Dr. Miriam Pineles

Many people have heard that acupuncture is helpful in assisting couples achieve a pregnancy with IVF. A recent German study found that using acupuncture with IVF achieved a 42% clinical pregnancy rate in the group that did receive acupuncture, compared to 26% in the control group that did not receive acupuncture. This study involved giving acupuncture for just one day, before and after the transfer of the embryos. What is less known and very exciting is that couples can increase the probability of a treatment being a success by starting their treatment with Chinese medicine even earlier than the day of the transfer. Moreover, acupuncture and herbal medicine can help reduce the risk of miscarriage by supporting a woman during the early months of pregnancy.
While I will work to support you at any phase of your ART/IVF procedure, I highly recommend that men and women begin treatment with acupuncture at least 2-3 months prior to the IVF cycle. I can't emphasize enough how important this time is to the health and well-being of a couple. These months provide time to help regulate hormones and prepare the ovaries/sperm and uterus for the various procedures. It is also a time to prepare mentally and emotionally and acupuncture is very useful in helping to alleviate stress and anxiety.