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Can acupuncture help fertility?

My husband and I are trying to have a child, but we haven't had any luck. I'm trying a bunch of natural fertility treatments, and I heard that acupuncture works. Can acupuncture help fertility?

34 Answers

So far, studies show acupuncture has about a 67% increased chance of viable fertilization. I and some personal colleagues of mine have had success with treating our patients to become pregnant, whether IVF therapy was involved or not. Check with your primary and OB/GYN to see if acupuncture would be a great consideration.

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Yes acupuncture and herbs work for infertility.
Yes, many studies have shown that acupuncture can improve fertility rates with or without IVF.
Acupuncture has been shown to improve outcomes in fertility but with some caveats. First, structural problems such as fibroid cysts or tumors have to be ruled out, motility problems with the sperm and so on. If these types of issues exist, then acupuncture may be of no avail. But not necessarily. Chinese medicine views infertility as problems with regulation of the period. Do you have erratic periods? Blood clots? Excessive bleeding? Normalizing the cycle and hormonal rhythms may be the key to successful conception and retention of the fetus.

Consider making dietary changes to increase your chances of getting pregnant. Visit your PCP to get recommendations on a knowledgeable dietician. Make sure that there are no environmental concerns either at home or your workplace that could effect fertility. Follow a regular sleep regimen and in my opinion, the most important factor....reduce stress as much as humanly possible. I see way too many fertility patients that have way too much on their plate and are professional "doers". Let someone else worry about the minutiae and you just focus on you. Engage in self soothing exercises such as yoga, tai chi, deep breathing, meditation. Let go of worries. All of these things, in combination with acupuncture, can increase your chances of getting pregnant. Good luck!!!
Absolutely! acupunctures has been found in numerous clinical studies to:

- Increases blood profusion to the uterus
- Reduces ectopic rates
- Reduces miscarriage rates
- Reduces stress levels
- Reduces the level of inflammatory cytokines
- Relaxes spasms
- Most Important: Increases live birth rates

My recommendation would be to look for a practitioner that is ABORM certified. The ABORM Board certifies Acupuncturists who specialize in the treatment of male and female infertility via a rigorous certification examination that measures their knowledge base in western REI, and Traditional Chinese Medicine as it relates to Infertility. ABORM Fellows are experienced, highly trained, certified, and up-to-date on the very latest in evidence-based CAM treatments for Infertility. They can be found at:
And if you are looking for more tips on how to enhance your fertility at home, l recommend listening to my podcast Fertile Minds Radio on itunes or stitcher or it's home base
Good luck!!
Yes! Acupuncture can help rectify any imbalances internally that would impede fertility.
Yes, it helps, but no warranty.

Acupuncture can absolutely help with fertility with patients. There are many factors involved, though. Your age, your egg quality, your lifestyle (very important), the foods you eat, how much sleep you get, how restful you feel, how early/late you sleep, how stressed you are, etc.
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Yes, acupuncture helps both male and female fertility. I have a lot of experience to treat infertility. You can check with a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist near you. They can help you soon.

Jonathan Fang, Lic. Ac.
YES with capitals! With or without IVF, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can increase success rate. Depending on the underlying cause, it takes some time to get pregnant (it should). So, if you are patient enough to observe internal changing, acupuncture can do a lot. Check out the ABORM (American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine) website, you can find a lot of research and certified acupuncturist in your area.

Shuko Ward DAOM, LAc., Dipl.OM, FABORM
Yes, it can.
Hello, thank you for contacting me with the question.

Yes, acupuncture can help in many cases with infertility. Every case is different, and should be evaluated individually. Multiple factors play role in a prognosis, such as age, general state of health, if female partners cycle are present, what is the health of the male partner, diet, lifestyle habits, emotional state of the couple, and so on.

To search for more information about Chinese medicine and fertility, you can go to pubmed and read some articles. But it would be best to find a practitioner who could do the evaluation. I would recommend to stay away from expensive factory like acupuncture clinics who only see fertility patients.

Best wishes,

Elena Novikov, LAc, (MD- Israel)
Some couples say they are ready to have a baby and boom! They are pregnant! Other couples come to me and tell me they have been trying for 2 years, 3 years, 10 years to no avail. This is a stressful emotional life experience to go through. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is here to help you find balance in your hormones and bodies, to strengthen your fertility, and calm emotional stress Whether you are embarking upon IVF, IUI, or trying naturally, TCM is here to support you with acupuncture, herbs, supplements, and energetic nutrition (foods appropriate for your body) to greatly increase your health for fertility We reference allopathic diagnostic labs, functional medicine tests, listen to your signs and symptoms, and diagnose with TCM to create a treatment protocol that is right for you.
Yes, some should drink herbal tea.
Yes, absolutely! I have ushered in some new borns I am honored to say! So far, 3 barren woman have come to me and all 3 got pregnant. Not every case is the same depending on the circumstances. Google the success rate of pregnancy from acupuncture and herbs.
Yes, acupuncture can absolutely help with fertility - both with natural conception and assisted conceptions. Acupuncture does this in a number of ways. It helps to relax the mind and body (making the body more receptive to fertilization) and helps blood to flow to the reproductive organs. It can also help with regulation of hormones, the menstrual cycle and egg development.
Yes, fertility is one of the lesser known areas acupuncture has been shown to excel in. There are several good quality papers on acupuncture and fertility.
Yes. With the guidance of a qualified eastern medicine doctor, it can help to stabilize and nourish the body so it’s able to support new life.
Absolutely. Acupuncture is incredibly effective at regulating female hormones and menstruation, as well as improving sperm count and function in men.
Absolutely. It is important to note that acupuncture doesn't understand fertility to be a purely scientific phenomena. It's also a spiritual experience. When you see an acupuncturist, keep an open mind and don't be afraid to ask questions!
Yes acupuncture helps with fertility
Yes, it does.
Yes, Acupuncture works extremely well for fertility! Acupuncture can regulate a woman’s period, warm the womb, and substantially increase sperm count.
Acupuncture along with other treatments has successfully helped hundreds of patients.
Yes it can. It would be good if both members were to come in. It could be the husband has an issue as well.
Generally speaking, in Oriental medicine, infertility is considered cold stagnation in a woman’s womb. Therefore, sperm can’t survive long enough. A combination of acupuncture & moxa & herbs are involved to treat this condition. Please find an OMD in your area and consult.
Good luck!!
Yes, there is a specialty in acupuncture that can assist with your fertility.
Yes, acupuncture can certainly be helpful in getting women pregnant.
Yes, acupuncture can help with fertility. Both you and husband should get thorough examinations first to find out if the infertility is due to the male factor or female factor or both. If both, then you and your husband need to get treatments.
There are many good acupuncture clinics that focus primarily on fertility issues. I would seek out one of those to help you and your husband. Both parties should get treatments, it's not always just the woman's body that needs work, the male body has to be healthy and do it's part too.

So, go find a good clinic near you and see if they can help. Time is an issue with fertility and it can take a few months, so you'll want to start soon.

Good luck.
Most of the studies on acupuncture in fertility focus on IVF. There are a few looking at acupuncture in more of a stand-alone or natural role. In both cases outcomes are usually good in terms of achieving and sustaining pregnancy.

Here's the thing though - some of these studies also provide some guidance on how much acupuncture might be necessary and the current thinking is: you want to start weekly acupuncture sessions about 90 days in advance. Of course, this comes with the caveat that both you and your husband have been evaluated and there are no structural/hormonal/sperm quality/other issues which need to be addressed.

When it comes to fertility and Chinese medicine, you really need to make sure you're seeing an acupuncturist licensed in your state. There are a lot of other providers out there who take a weekend seminar and then add 'acupuncture' to the list of their service offerings. A provider like this does not understand the complexity of Chinese diagnostics or how that system inter-relates to fertility issues and will thus be of very limited use.

If you're not in CA, I suggest you start with's "Find a Practitioner" look up to get some board certified and licensed people near you. For fertility issues you want to see someone who specializes in this aspect of Chinese medicine and has a good track record.