I do admit that some women would wish to combine acupuncture and IVF. Two teams of researchers in Germany and China have found that women who undergo acupuncture the day after the embryo transfer increase the rate of a successful implantation by as much as 65% compared to those who did not undergo acupuncture.

Most women in the west looking after a long period of time trying to have a baby turn to IVF and other reproductive methods. However, experience has shown that this route can be painful, uncomfortable, time consuming, expensive, disheartening and in most cases unnecessary.

It is an amazing and technical advancement and has given many much wanted babies to grateful couples since the procedure began in the 1970’s. But the long for road to conception can bring untold physical, emotional, spiritual and financial drain on the couples and is a hard road to parenthood.

In a recent study carried out by researchers at Harvard Medical School, described the IVF process as “The medicalisation of infertility has unwittingly led to a disregard for the emotional responses that couples experience, which include distress, loss of control, stigmatization, and a disruption in the development trajectory of adulthood”. In other words, the unnecessary invasion by doctors and investigators, and the way they interfere, and in some cases control the patient’s most intimate part of their lives, is distressing and can prevent people living a normal life’. (From a study taken by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre Harvard Medical Centre, and published in Best Practice and research into clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology, April 2007.)

Also, the risk of an ectopic pregnancy increases to four times greater using IVF than the general population. An ectopic pregnancy is where the embryo starts developing within the fallopian tubes rather than the uterus. This type of pregnancy cannot be carried to full term and has to be terminated. To avoid all this pain and heartache, it would be desirable to explore natural methods such as acupuncture that is safe, inexpensive and help treat the underlying causes of the infertility.

Acupuncture is a technique that uses fine needles inserted at specific points along the meridians just under the skin to stimulate, disperse and balance the flow or energy.  Acupuncture has been treating infertility without any invasive technique for over 3000 years. When you consider that throughout history in China, the inability for a couple to have a child was considered the worst kind of tragedy. When infertility afflicted a couple, the motivation was high for Chinese physicians to develop effective treatments.

This ancient Chinese technique is used to relieve pain, combat stress, and treat a whole host of chronic, acute and degenerative diseases. Acupuncture treatment stimulates specific areas linked to meridians and organ functions in order to restore balance and raise the level of health in the patient. As more women seek drug-free treatment to treat their inability to conceive, this ancient Chinese healing art has a lot to offer. Acupuncture may be able to help with many health conditions relating to infertility for which more conventional treatments are either ineffective or long lasting.  The best way to conceive is to deal with infertility problems at the source and to assist your body to get pregnant. Treatments such as nutrition, exercise, herbs and supplements, relaxation, acupuncture, massage and other complementary therapies are highly effective in achieving that.