A study done in Germany in 2002 reported that of the 80 women who underwent IVF along with acupuncture, 34 women got pregnant, a success rate of 42.5%. Of the 80 women involved in the study who received IVF without any acupuncture treatments, only 21 women (26.3%) became pregnant. More recently, an American study involving 114 women showed that 51% of the women who had acupuncture and IVF treatments became pregnant versus only 36% of the women who had only IVF treatment got pregnant. Deeper analysis of the study revealed that when 8% of the women in the acupuncture group had miscarriage, the rate of miscarriage in the IVF-only group was 20%.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine is the best treatment for infertility and hormonal imbalances. Morcover, Acupuncture is suitable for women wanting to normalize their FSH levels and to be considered as a "good" candidate for an IVF cycle. For those clients whose uterine lining fails to thicken properly, acupuncture and herbal medicine would help the lining to increase in thickness.
Excellent candidates for acupuncture and herbal medicine are those who were diagnosed as "unexplained infertility". For those with no apparent explanation as to why is not conceiving; and appears to be perfectly healthy and presents with no pathology from the western model and understanding of the body, there is usually a TCM explanation for "unexplained infertility" as well as a treatment plan that makes sense from the TCM perception of the human body.
If your partner has a pathological presentation, which is a contributing factor, then of course he should be treated. Remember, our goal is not simply for you to get pregnant, but to give birth to a healthy baby. Moreover, to increase the chances of having a health baby, it is hecessary to increase both partners' well being before attempting to conceive.
The typical acupuncture protocol consists of 12 - 15 sessions within three to four months. Herbal medicine is taken two to three times daily for at least three months. The length of the treatment could vary depending on your age, health and the number of times you have undergone Assisted reproductive Techniques (A.R.T.)