How acupuncture can help IVF procedures

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IVF, or in vitro fertilization, is when the egg is fertilized by sperm outside a woman's body and implanted...

IVF, or in vitro fertilization, is when the egg is fertilized by sperm outside a woman's body and implanted into the woman. There are many reasons why this procedure may be needed, but studies are now finding that the success rate for these implantations increases when the woman is undergoing acupuncture therapy. Because of these studies, many fertility clinics are now introducing acupuncture as part of their program.

The University of Maryland School of Medicine reports that with in vitro fertilization, acupuncture helps when done during embryo transfer. The British Medical Journal reports that odds of pregnancy increased 65 percent when done within a day of the embryo transfer as compared to no treatment.

Acupuncture, the process of inserting long, hair-thin needles into the skin at various points in the body, is an eastern medicine procedure that is catching on rapidly in the United States. It can be done in a variety of settings, but typically for this type of usage it will be done in a separate area of the fertility clinic.

IVF can be upwards of $12,000 per cycle, with many women needing two cycles or even more. By increasing the rate of success in the first cycle, it is a win-win situation for both clients and the clinic. The clinic boasts higher first-time success rates, which encourages more clients to use the clinic, and the client can save more money by not needing an increased number of cycles.

The research shows that the procedure ups the amount of beta-endorphins in the body, the hormones responsible for less pain and more feel-good moments.

Atlanta-area acupuncturists and OB/GYN fertility clinics in the Atlanta area can help you relax and bring home that bouncing bundle of joy.


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