There has been controversy as to whether acupuncture for fertility is effective. However, in recent years, the effects of acupuncture for various conditions have been studied from a scientific perspective and results have demonstrated that there is a physiological and psychological impact. The following are a few studies that have been published on the effects of acupuncture in assisted reproduction.
Zheng, CH et al. 2012. Effects of acupuncture on pregnancy rates in women undergoing in vitro fertilization: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Fertility and Sterility 2012: 97: 599-611.
Margarelli et al., 2009. Changes in serum cortisol and prolactin associated with acupuncture during controlled ovarian hyperstimulation in women undergoing in vitro fertilization- embryo transfer treatment. Fertility and Sterility 2009; 92: 1870-9.
Steiner-Victorin, E et al., 1996. Reduction in blood flow impedance in the uterine arteries of infertile women with electro-acupuncture. Human Reproduction 1996; 11: 1314-1317.
Kuang et al., 2013. Acupuncture and clomiphene citrate for live birth in polycystic ovary syndrome: study design of a randomized controlled trial. Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013.
Leonhardt et al., 2015. Serum anti-Mullerian hormone and ovarian morphology assessed by magnetic resonance imaging in response to acupuncture and exercise in women with polycystic ovary syndrome: secondary analyses of a randomized controlled trial. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica 2015; 94: 279-287.
Moy et al., 2010. Randomized controlled trial: effects of acupuncture on pregnancy rates in women undergoing in vitro fertilization. Fertility and Sterility 2010.
Rubin et al 2015. Impact of whole systems traditional Chinese medicine on in vitro fertilization outcomes. Reproductive Biomedicine Online 2015; 30: 602-612.
Zheng et al 2012. The role of acupuncture in assisted reproductive technology. Evidence- Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012.
Manheimer et al 2013. The effects of acupuncture on rates of clinical pregnancy among women undergoing in vitro fertilization: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Human Reproduction Update, 2013; 19: 696-713.
Domar et al., 2009. The impact of acupuncture on in vitro fertilization outcome. Fertility and Sterility 2009; 91: 723-6.
Johansson et al., 2013. Acupuncture for ovulation induction in polycystic ovary syndrome: a randomized controlled trial. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab 304; 2013.
di Villahermosa DI, et al., 2014. Influence of acupuncture on outcomes of in vitro fertilization when embryo implantation has failed: a prospective randomized controlled clinical trial. Acupunct Med 2013; 31: 157-161.
Zhang et al., 2011. Increase of success rate for women undergoing embryo transfer by transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation: a prospective randomized placebo- controlled study. Fertility and Sterility 2011; 96: 912-6.
Rubin et al., 2013. Acupuncture and in vitro fertilization: a retrospective chart review. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 2013; 19: 637-643.
Paulus et al., 2002. Influence of acupuncture on pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproduction therapy. Fertility and Sterility 2002; 77: 721-4.