Can acupuncture help with IVF?

Acupuncture for IVF


Many women contact the clinic after hearing about acupuncture helping to improve IVF outcomes, whether having done their own research or having been recommended by their fertility specialist.


When can acupuncture help?

Women usually hear about how acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer (ET) can help improve success rates, as this has been the focus of much of the research. Studies are still being conducted to look at different methods and timing to see how acupuncture can help alongside IVF.

I prefer to work with women (and couples) during the lead-up to the transfer, and then beyond – especially during the anxiety-producing “two-week wait” – until results are known.


How can acupuncture help?

During the lead-up to the transfer, there is a lot going on – emotionally and physically.

If you’re in a medicated cycle, then you are dealing with blood tests, scans, injections and side effects. Acupuncture may be able to help with some of the side effects that you’re experiencing.

In both medicated and non-medicated cycles, such as FETs (frozen embryo transfers), there is often a lot of mental to-and-fro. Many women have normal thoughts, worrying about what if the the cycle doesn’t work, and then they stress about having these “negative” thoughts, hoping that the IVF process isn’t being negatively affected. They then feel anxious to “do positive thinking”. It can be really exhausting.

Acupuncture can help with symptoms of anxiety, and I believe that this is acupuncture’s main contribution to helping women who are going through the IVF process.

Your acupuncture session is your time. During the consultation you’ll debrief, reframe some worries and reclaim your centre. Then it’s time to simply receive. This is your time to enjoy acupuncture’s deep relaxation effects. Women often come out of their acupuncture session feeling refreshed and grounded.


Help for partners

Partners can benefit from acupuncture too. Fertility clinics often don’t address the experience of the partner, but this role certainly has its own stresses and challenges. When both partners are feeling relaxed and grounded, then you’re better able to support one another.


How often should I come?

Women normally come in once a week during the lead-up and after the transfer. If you’re particularly stressed or are feeling unwell with side effects, then twice a week may be more appropriate.

For the day of transfer, I usually suggest a session the evening before (because most clinics have early morning procedures) and then during the day after your transfer. At my clinic we have three practitioners available so you can normally book your sessions no matter what day your transfer will be.


Working with your innate biological intelligence

When body and mind are relaxed then we say “the Qi flows”. Qi is the flow of intelligence that perfectly integrates the continual unfolding of billions of changes within your body, moment by moment, day and night. It is what flows to a hurt area to stimulate healing, or self-correction.

Focusing on Qi, body-mind, relaxation and self-healing is the power and simplicity of Chinese medicine.


For bookings or more information

Please get in touch to make your booking or to find out how acupuncture can help you.

Alternatively you can request a 15-minute Free Consultation at the clinic to find out how I can support your unique situation.




Hullender Rubin LE, Anderson BJ, Craig LB. Acupuncture and in vitro fertilisation research: current and future directions. Acupuncture in Medicine. 2018;36(2):117-122. doi:10.1136/acupmed-2016-011352
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