'Acupuncture given at the time of egg collection/embryo transfer improved clinical pregnancy rates'
Acupuncture is so effective to prepare your body (and partners - fertility goes both ways!) when trying to conceive and then throughout pregnancy to help with back pain, nausea, energy levels and those lovely swollen ankles to name but a few. As a a rule of thumb I normally say to start acupuncture about 3 months before wanting to conceive or going through an IVF cycle, as this provides the time to nourish and balance your body and then regular maintenance to keep everything ticking along as it should.
What you should know:
A recent systematic review and meta-analysis (the highest level of research for evaluating the effects of a treatment) investigated the effects of acupuncture on sub fertile women during in vitro fertilisation (IVF) or intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).1
What did the research find?
Acupuncture significantly improved the live birth rate of sub fertile patients undergoing IVF/ICSI.
A recent overview of systematic reviews from 2009 up to 2017, found that acupuncture given at the time of egg collection/embryo transfer improved clinical pregnancy rates.