In vitro fertilization is an amazing testimony to modern reproductive technology. It can also be a difficult process for many couples: physically, emotionally, and economically. With this in mind, anything that can improve success rates for IVF is very welcome.
There is exciting, ongoing research studying the effects of combining acupuncture with IVF. The protocol consists of at least 8 treatments using electro-acupuncture (a gentle current flowing through the needles) in the month preceding egg retrieval. This treatment brings more blood flow to the ovaries and uterine lining. As a general rule, when an organ has an increased blood supply, it functions at a higher level. Most women come in 2x/week for 4 weeks, but these treatments can be more frequent if time is an issue.
In addition to the 8 pre-retrieval treatments, there is one treatment the day before & one immediately after the transfer to calm stress hormones and relax the uterus to encourage implantation.