IVF and Acupuncture Doubles Success Rates in Study

Last updated: May 30th, 2019 at 11:22 am

Author, Linda Ryan, BA, Lic. TCM, CH

IVF and Acupuncture Success Rates :Clinical Studies

In clinical trials, the use of  IVF and Acupuncture combined has been shown to not only contribute to reducing your stress levels & improving how you feel during your IVF cycle, but the combination contributes to & increases your chances of success.

A 2016 Clinical Study conducted by Homerton University Hospital in London found that receiving IVF and Acupuncture combined during IVF doubles the success of IVF (see reference below).

These IVF and Acupuncture success rates findings were presented to the European Society of Human Reproduction & Embryology at their 32 Annual Meeting which was held in Helsinki this July 2016.

IVF & Acupuncture hail from very different origins & their treatments work in incomparable ways.  They may, at initial glance, appear to be unlikely partners, but this is actually the beauty of combining the two modalities. IVF & Acupuncture form a Complete Mind & Body experience that adds a new dimension that helps to maximise potential.

Imagine you can maximise your potentialIVF and Acupuncture with the perfect balance of Modern IVF Technology & Ancient Healing Wisdom with Fertility Acupuncture that doesn’t hurt and that is tailored to your specific fertility boosting needs. Here at MARA, we do just that.

Another recent 2015 retrospective cohort study by Hullender Rubin LE, Et al.( Reprod Biomed Online. 2015 Jun;30(6):602-12. doi) on the use of Traditional Chinese Medicine with IVF showed that “Overall, IVF with adjuvant WS-TCM was associated with greater odds of live birth in donor and non-donor cycles.  WS-TCM is Traditional Chinese Medicine.  TCM is “a complex intervention that can include acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, dietary, lifestyle recommendations”. You can view the abstract here.

“I’m an OB-GYN, Here’s Why I Turned to Acupuncture When I Wanted To Get Pregnant.  I now recommend without hesitation that anyone going through infertility treatments consdier using acupuncture”, 

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Linda Ryan- Founder of MARA Fertility Acupuncture Clinic


Even More Clinical studies have shown:

Acupuncture doubles the success of IVF (Gellerman et al, Homerton University Hospital Study presented at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, July 2016)

Luteal phase Acupuncture has a positive effect on the outcome of IVF/ ICSI (Dieterle et al, Fertility & Sterility May 2006 Vol 85, pp1347-1351)

Acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer significantly improves the reproductive outcome of IVF, compared with no acupuncture (Westergaard L et al, Fertility & Sterility April 2006 Vol 85, pp. 1341-1346)

Acupuncture has been shown to reduce anxiety levels associated with infertility & IVF (Domar A Fertility & Sterility March 2008 Epub)

Acupuncture can increase blood flow to the uterus(Stener-Victorin et al Human Reproduction Oxford Journal 1996; Vol 11, No 6, pp1314-1317)

Preparation Acupuncture before the medicated phase and during the medicated phase of IVF prepares the uterine lining & has been shown to improve hormone levels & may also increase pregnancy rates.(Magarelli P et al Fertility & Sterility 2009)

Acupuncture: a useful tool for improving pregnancy rates after ART (Paulus et al, Fertility & Sterility April 2002 Vol 77, pp721-724)

Linda Ryan- Founder of MARA Fertility Acupuncture Clinic



Hi, I’m Linda Ryan, Fertility Acupuncturist & mother of three: Having overcome my own fertility issues is what drives me to help women like you to achieve the results that I made happen for myself

IVF and Acupuncture : Would you like to maximise your potential?

We specialise in supporting couples who are on their IVF journey. Our highly experienced team are dedicated to achieving the best results for you.  We incorporate the most up to date research into our treatment protocols to help maximise your potential.

Our Clinically Tested Programmes include:

  • IVF and AcupunctureIVF Preparation Acupuncture Programme
  • Pre & Post IVF Embryo Transfer Acupuncture
  • 2 Week Wait Luteal Phase Acupuncture Support
  • Fertility Hypnosis and Mindfulness