Couples who have turned to fertility treatments to get pregnant may also want to add some ancient Chinese therapy to their plan. New research finds by adding acupuncture to the Invitro treatment, it increased pregnancy rates by nearly 50%.
The study, published in the Journal Fertility and Sterility, followed more than 150 women undergoing in vitro fertilization. That's when the egg and sperm are joined in a lab dish, then implanted into the woman's uterus. Half the study group received acupuncture before and after the Invitro treatment, and it turns out the pregnancy rate for the acupuncture group was 42% compared to 26% in the control group. The theory is that acupuncture may make the lining of the uterus more receptive to receiving an embryo, but more study is needed.
Studies show acupuncture is an effective therapy to help ease morning sickness. The Chinese and German team say they used needles to stimulate points involving the spleen, stomach, and colon in hopes of stimulate activity in the uterus. They also stimulated points aimed at relaxing the patients. The study is published in the Journal Fertility and Sterility and was conducted at the Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine at Tongji Hospital in Wuhan, China.