According to new research, women prescribed clomid or clomiphene, may have another secret weapon in the fight against infertility. It appears that acupuncture, when used with medication therapy, can increase fertility and pregnancy. Clomid affects levels of follicle stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone.
The study population was small, just 26 women, but the outcome was statistically significant enough to support further study. Of the 26 women, 19 received medication only (50 mg once a day for 50 cycles) and the remaining 17 received medication (50 mg once a day for 50 cycles) and acupuncture. During the study, researchers were able to monitor the thickness of the endometrial lining, changes in cervical mucus and changes in follicles.
The group of women receiving both acupuncture and medication presented with increased ovulation and conception rates.
This is not the first study connecting acupuncture with increased pregnancy rates. In another study with more than 5,800 women, pregnancy rates increased when used with in-vitro fertilization (IVF).
Yet another study showed when acupuncture needles were placed at sites ST36 and SP6 – egg implantation was more effective. There are also studies that show acupuncture can improve embryo transfer and overall success of IVF.
What Do All These Studies Mean?
Multiple studies supporting the use of acupuncture in increasing ovulation, egg transfer and overall IVF success, among other benefits, proves that there are additional therapies out there for women having trouble conceiving. IVF is extremely expensive and not an option for many women. If acupuncture can significantly increase the effectiveness and success of IVF, women (and fertility doctors) all over the world should know.
Source: Xue-su Yu, Xing-qiang Yan, Yu-yu Shen. Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science. Volume 10 – 2012.