Stress, Infertility, and Acupuncture

Dec 21, 2023
Stress, Infertility, and Acupuncture
Posted By Mike Berkley, L.Ac., FABORM

IVF, or in vitro fertilization, is a complex and emotional process that can be stressful for many individuals and couples. The physical and emotional demands of the process, as well as the uncertainty of its outcome, can take a toll on a person's well-being. While it is natural to experience stress during IVF, it is important to find ways to manage it in order to improve the chances of a successful outcome. One option that has gained popularity in recent years is acupuncture.

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical practice that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body. It is believed to stimulate the body's natural healing abilities and promote overall well-being. While acupuncture has been used for a variety of health conditions, it has also been shown to be effective in reducing stress and anxiety, both of which are common during the IVF process.

One study found that acupuncture can significantly reduce stress and anxiety levels in women undergoing IVF. The study involved 110 women who received either acupuncture or a placebo treatment. The results showed that the women who received acupuncture had significantly lower levels of stress and anxiety compared to the placebo group.

In addition to its stress-reducing effects, acupuncture may also improve the chances of a successful IVF outcome. A review of several studies found that acupuncture can increase the likelihood of pregnancy in women undergoing IVF. It is thought that acupuncture may improve the blood flow to the ovaries, improving egg quality, and the uterus, improving implantation capability. 

Acupuncture is considered to be a safe and effective treatment option for reducing stress and anxiety during IVF. It is important to consult with a trained and licensed acupuncturist to ensure proper treatment. 

In conclusion, IVF can be a stressful and emotional process, but finding ways to manage this stress can improve the chances of a successful outcome. Acupuncture is a safe and effective option for reducing stress and anxiety during IVF, and may also improve the chances of pregnancy.