Reproductive Health Information - Fertility Research
Research on infertility. Visit the IVF & acupuncture research section for extensive literature on how Chinese medicine can help optimize chances of conception.
Conclusion: electroacupuncture could decrease serum FSH and LH levels, and increase estrogen levels in women with ovarian deficiency with little to no side-effects.
To investigate the effects of electroacupuncture (EA) on serum FSH, E2, and LH levels, women with primary ovarian insufficiency (POI) were treated with EA once a day, five times a week for the first four weeks and once every other day, three times a week, for the following two months, and then were followed up for three months. Serum E2, FSH, and LH levels were measured at baseline, at the end of treatment, and during followup. A total of 11 women with POI were included in this prospective consecutive case series study. Compared with baseline, patients' serum E2 increased, FSH decreased, and LH decreased (P = 0.002, 0.001, and 0.002, resp.) after EA treatment, and these effects persisted during followup. With treatment, 10 patients resumed menstruation (10/11, 90.91%), whereas one patient remained amenorrhea. During followup, two patients, including the one with amenorrhea during treatment, reported absence of menstruation. Temporary pain occurred occasionally, and no other adverse events were found during treatment. The results suggest that EA could decrease serum FSH and LH levels and increase serum E2 level in women with POI with little or no side effects; however, further randomized control trials are needed.
Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013;2013:657234. doi: 10.1155/2013/657234. Epub 2013 Feb 28., Zhou K, Jiang J, Wu J, Liu Z. - Department of Acupuncture, Guang An Men Hospital, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, No. 5 Bei Xian Ge Street, Xuan Wu District, Beijing 100053, China ; Department of Physical Therapy, Daemen College, 4380 Main Street, Amherst, NY 14226, USA. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23533511
A research study recently published from the University of Adelaide, Australia suggests that management of female infertility with Chinese Medicine can improve pregnancy rates 2-fold within a 4 month period compared with Western Medical fertility drug therapy or IVF. (link to study absract)
Cost comparison of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Traditional Chinese herbal/acupuncture therapy;
Safe, effective, and natural. It should be emphasized that with Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture treatment for one year, aside from increased fertility, the inevitable health benefits will positively impact a patients whole life drastically. These changes will manifest for many months to years post cessation of treatment.
This meta-analysis review concluded that "the assessment of the quality of the menstrual cycle, integral to Traditional Chinese medicine diagnosis, appears to be fundamental to successful treatment of female infertility." More accurately, Traditional Chinese medicine takes the whole person into account, not just their menstrual cycle. In holistic medicine (as opposed to reductionist science based medicine) each system is intimately integrated with every other. Taking the whole picture into account, not just what we see under a microscope, is paramount in holistic medicine, and the future of all medicine, including allopathic evidence based western bio-medicine.
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CONCLUSION: Acupuncture seems to have beneficial effects on live birth rate when performed on the day of ET, and to be useful also in PCOS as well as in male idiopathic infertility, with very low incidence of side effects.
Acupuncture has been used as treatment for infertility for hundreds of years, and recently it has been studied in male and female infertility and in assisted reproductive technologies, although its role in reproductive medicine is still debated.
AIM: To review studies on acupuncture in reproductive medicine, in experimental and clinical settings.
METHODS: Papers were retrieved on PubMed and Google Scholar and were included in the review if at least the abstract was in English.
RESULTS: There is evidence of benefit mainly when acupuncture is performed on the day of embryo transfer (ET) in the live birth rate. Benefit is also evident when acupuncture is performed for female infertility due to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). There is some evidence of sperm quality improvement when acupuncture is performed on males affected by idiopathic infertility. Experimental studies suggest that acupuncture effects are mediated by changes in activity of the autonomic nervous system and stimulation of neuropeptides/neurotransmitters which may be involved in the pathogenesis of infertility.