Fertility, Pregnancy & IVF Support

Supporting Fertility Treatment, Pregnancy & IVF Support

Over two decades of caring for families, Ping Ming Health is experienced in helping couples with their health at this important time of their lives.

Each year, our team of practitioners help several hundred couples with their journey of starting or growing their families.

All of our practitioners have received additional clinical training from Dr Ping Wang’s extensive experience in this area and we aim to give you the best team-based care through sharing our knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine and working together with your doctors and fertility specialists.

Acupuncture can be used to support the effectiveness of your fertility and IVF treatments

Many health practitioners may recommend acupuncture as an adjunct treatment that may assist with IVF treatment. There is continuing research about how acupuncture can assist with the effectiveness of IVF treatment and you should consult your treating practitioner(s) about how acupuncture may be able to help you.

How does Chinese medicine support fertility treatments?

Chinese medicine has been used traditionally in China to help couples prepare and strengthen their bodies for conception as well as support new mothers in their post-labour recovery.

Our clinic’s approach to supporting your fertility treatments always starts with helping your body to have a healthy period and ovulation. For women, this is one of the first key steps in preparing your body to conceive.

Our experienced practitioners will diagnose your body using traditional Chinese medicine tongue and pulse diagnosis to find out any underlying internal organ imbalances. We will also explain and help you to understand key fertility issues such as:

  • What is a healthy and regular menstrual cycle?
  • The health of your reproductive organs
  • Are you ovulating and is it on time?
  • Timing of intercourse
  • Suitable lifestyle and diet advice at each stage to co-operate with your treatment

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In recent years, our clinic has observed that more and more couples are having difficulty with starting a family.

However, the evidence is also mounting that many couples can increase their chances of success of their fertility treatments with help from acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine.

If you have any questions, contact us and we will do our best to help support your fertility treatment at any stage of your journey. We have a caring and very experienced team of practitioners ready to help you.

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What Does The Research Say?

The following insights are obtained from scientific studies, systematic reviews and analysis of clinical trials investigating the efficacy of Acupuncture for Fertility & IVF Support.

Scientific References

Browse our collection of scientific research on Acupuncture for Fertility & IVF Support. It includes recent and reputable papers published by peer-reviewed journals within the last 10 years.

Frontiers in Public Health

2021, Apr 20

An Overview of Systematic Reviews of Acupuncture for Infertile Women Undergoing in vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer
Frontiers in Public Health

Based on the current evidence, acupuncture appeared to be beneficial to increase the clinical pregnancy rates, on-going pregnancy rates and live birth rates in IVF females. The study also reported that acupuncture was more superior than no adjunctive treatment on miscarriage rate reduction, thus increasing the chances of overall pregnancy.

Wang, X., Wang, Y., Wei, S., He, B., Cao, Y., Zhang, N., & Li, M. Full Article

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

2021, Feb 04

The Effects of Acupuncture on Pregnancy Outcomes of Recurrent Implantation Failure: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

The results of meta-analysis show that for the outcome measurements including clinical pregnancy rate, biochemical pregnancy rate, embryo implantation rate, and endometrial thickness, the use of acupuncture in the treatment group is higher than the sham or nonacupuncture group, in which the difference is statistically significant.

Li, M., Liu, Y., Wang, H., Zheng, S., Deng, Y., & Li, Y. Full Article

European Journal of Integrative Medicine

2021, Feb

Effects of acupuncture on the relief of anxiety and/or depression during in vitro fertilization: A systematic review and meta-analysis
European Journal of Integrative Medicine

The study indicated high efficacy of acupuncture treatments for IVF patients. The systematic review highlighted that patients were more likely to have reduced anxiety levels and improvements of release in hormones such as cortisol and neurotransmitters such as nore- pinephrine . Therefore increases the chances of fertility and pregnancy.

Ye, J.-Y., He, Y.-J., Zhan, M.-J., & Qu, F. Full Article

European Journal of Integrative Medicine

2020, Dec

Effectiveness of different acupuncture for infertility: Overview of systematic reviews and network meta-analysis
European Journal of Integrative Medicine

The study showcased that acupuncture significantly increased the pregnancy and ovulation rates compared to no acupuncture group. The patients reported to have reduced rate of miscarriages and increased endometrial thickness. The overall review highlights the significant effectiveness of acupuncture for successful IVF process.

Zhang, J., He, Y., Liu, Y., Huang, X., & Yu, H. Full Article

Journal of Gynecology Obstetrics and Human Reproduction

2019, Oct

The effects of acupuncture on pregnancy outcomes of in vitro fertilization with embryo transfer: An interdisciplinary systematic review
Journal of Gynecology Obstetrics and Human Reproduction

This system review indicated that acupuncture appears to be beneficial to women with poor ovarian reserve or with previous unsuccessful attempts of IVF-ET.

Gu, Y.-E., Zhang, X., Zhang, Q., Dai, M.-C., Wu, Y., Zhou, Y., & Qu, F. Full Article

Acupuncture in Medicine

2019, Oct 3

Acupuncture and clomiphene citrate for anovulatory infertility: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Acupuncture in Medicine British Medical Acupuncture Society

The use of acupuncture as a monotherapy significantly improved the rate of pregnancy among the study participants compared with the use of CC alone. However, any results drawn from these studies should be interpreted with caution when considering the context of clinical practice.

Gao, R., Guo, B., Bai, J., Wu, Y., & Wu, K. Full Article

Medicine

2019, Jul

Acupuncture for infertile women without undergoing assisted reproductive techniques (ART)
Medicine

This systematic review and meta analysis of randomised control trials indicated that acupuncture is significantly effective in improving pregnancy rate, ovulation rate, LH, and endometrial thickness. The result showed that acupuncture with combined therapy is more effective than clomiphene citrate (oral medication for fertility). This further indicate that acupuncture can provide an alternative choice with fewer side effects for ovulation induction.

Yun, L., Liqun, W., Shuqi, Y., Chunxiao, W., Liming, L., & Wei, Y. Full Article

BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies

2019, Jun 14

The effects of acupuncture on pregnancy outcomes of in vitro fertilization: a systematic review and meta-analysis
BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies

This review indicates that acupuncture improves clinical pregnancy rate among women with a history of unsuccessful IVF attempt, and number of acupuncture treatments is a potential influential factor. The study also indicated that electroacupuncture can be considered an alternative to hormone drugs in increasing the success rate of IVF.

Xie, Z.-Y., Peng, Z.-H., Yao, B., Chen, L., Mu, Y.-Y., Cheng, J., Li, Q., Luo, X., Yang, P.-Y., & Xia, Y.-B. Full Article

BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies

2019, Mar 13

Acupuncture in improving endometrial receptivity: a systematic review and meta-analysis
BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies

The academic research indicated that acupuncture has a high efficacy in patients with low endometrial receptivity. Patients reported to have high double continuous pregnancy rate in the luteal phase. It also showed to improve the endometrial morphology, promote the microcirculation of the film inside the uterus and increase pregnancy rate.

Zhong, Y., Zeng, F., Liu, W. et al. Full Article

Reproductive BioMedicine Online

2019, Jan 02

Acupuncture performed around the time of embryo transfer: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Reproductive BioMedicine Online

Acupuncture may have a significant effect on clinical pregnancy rates, independent of comparator group, when used in women who have had multiple previous IVF cycles, or where there was a low baseline pregnancy rate.

Smith, C. A., Armour, M., Shewamene, Z., Tan, H. Y., Norman, R. J., & Johnson, N. P. Full Article

European Journal of Integrative Medicine

2018, Oct

Effects of acupuncture during in vitro fertilization or intracytoplasmic sperm injection: An updated systematic review and meta-analysis
European Journal of Integrative Medicine

Acupuncture treatment is beneficial in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) for improving the clinical pregnancy, implantation, and live birth outcomes.

Zhang, X., Lee, M. S., Smith, C. A., Robinson, N., Zhou, Y., Wu, Y., Mao, Y.-Y., & Qu, F. Full Article

Acupuncture in Medicine

2017, Jun 1

Effectiveness of acupuncture in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome undergoing in vitro fertilisation or intracytoplasmic sperm injection: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Acupuncture in Medicine British Medical Acupuncture Society

This review indicated that acupuncture may increase the clinical pregnancy rate and ongoing pregnancy rate and decrease the risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) in women with PCOS undergoing IVF or ICSI.

Jo, J., & Lee, Y. J. Full Article

Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics

2016, Dec 19

Therapeutic effect of acupuncture on the outcomes of in vitro fertilization: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gynäkologie und Geburtshilfe

This review shows that acupuncture improves the clinical pregnancy rate among women undergoing IVF. Optimal effect can be achieved with electroacupuncture, especially in Asian area.

Qian, Y., Xia, X.-R., Ochin, H., Huang, C., Gao, C., Gao, L., Cui, Y.-G., Liu, J.-Y., & Meng, Y. Full Article

Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation

2015, Jan

The Role of Acupuncture in in vitro Fertilization: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation

This study showed that acupuncture increased pregnancy rates when performed at follicle phase, 25 min before and after embryo transfer, or 30 min after embryo transfer and after the implantation phase in the IVF process.

Shen C.,Wu M., Shu D., Zhao X. and Gao Y. Full Article

Complementary Therapies in Medicine

2015, Jan 3

Chinese herbal medicine for female infertility: an updated meta-analysis
Complementary Therapies in Medicine

Our review suggests that management of female infertility with Chinese herbal medicine can improve pregnancy rates 2-fold within a 3-6 month period compared with Western medical fertility drug therapy. In addition, fertility indicators such as ovulation rates, cervical mucus score, biphasic basal body temperature, and appropriate thickness of the endometrial lining were positively influenced by CHM therapy, indicating an ameliorating physiological effect conducive for a viable pregnancy.

Ried K. Full Article

Fertility and Sterility

2012, Jan 12

Effects of acupuncture on pregnancy rates in women undergoing in vitro fertilization: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Fertility and Sterility

The study indicated that acupuncture improves clinical pregnancy rate and live birth rate among women undergoing IVF. The acupuncture group showed higher biochemical pregnancy rate and live birth rates compared to the control group.

Zheng, C. H., Huang, G. Y., Zhang, M. M., & Wang, W. Full Article