According to Reuters Health - Acupuncture may help some women conceive through in-vitro fertilization (IVF), a new analysis of past research concludes. But the true benefit in the real world, if any, remains unclear.
Dr. Frederick Licciardi, who heads the New York University Fertility Center's mind/body program said: No one yet knows if acupuncture can really make a difference in IVF success. But if a woman wants to try it simply to feel better or de-stress, there would be little harm.
"If acupuncture helps you feel well, if it helps you get through the IVF (process), then great," Licciardi said.
As for why acupuncture would help a woman get pregnant with IVF, no one is sure of that either.
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Half of infertile women find their GP unsympathetic about their situation or ignorant about their condition and what services are available that might help them fulfil their desire to have a child, a survey has shown.The leader of Britain's family doctors said the findings were "surprising and worrying" and the profession should do more to help patients who were suffering what she called "a hidden pain"
Dr Maggie Ju ( Zak Acupuncture clinic Team )
Dr Maggie Ju have been trained with both Western medicine and Chinese medicine for six years at top medical university in Beijing, China and become a qualified medical doctor 20 years ago. This allows her to apply the knowledge of Western medicine and Chinese medicine to make accurate judgements. Also she have obtained a PhD degree in UK. She is a member of the Association of Traditional Chinese Mdicine and Acupuncture UK (ATCM). She currently perform acupuncture in South West London. What She like about acupuncture is its extensive effectiveness for many conditions and improvement of overall health for people without causing any side effects
Dr Maggie Ju specialize in
1) Gynecological conditions: such as infertility, period pain, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, irregular uterine bleeding, primary ovarian insufficiency, fibroids etc.
2) Pain conditions: lower back pain, chronic pelvic pain, chronic abdominal pain, arthritis,sciatica, headache, knee pain, ankle pain, tennis elbow etc.
3) digestive system diseases, such as heartburn, chronic diarrhea and IBS etc.
4) gereral conditions: such as stress, sleeping problems, fatigue etc
Here is interesting research from China:A 2010 study from China concurs. This study of one hundred and eighty two women undergoing IVF-ET (all under 38 years of age) were assessed for endometrial thickness, echo pattern and blood flow by ultrasonography eight hours before hCG administration. The women were divided into three groups: those with undetectable endometrial blood flow (A=10); those with sub-endometrial blood flow (B=82); and those with both endometrial and sub-endometrial blood flow (C=90). The women with evidence of both endometrial and sub-endometrial blood flow (group C) as identified by ultrasound had a far higher pregnancy and live fetus rate (62.2%) than group A which had no detectable endometrial blood flow (0%) and group B which had sub-endometrial blood flow only (17.1%). Group C also had a much higher implantation rate (33.2%) compared to group A (0%) and group B (19.9%). The researchers conclude that: "...patients with detectable endometrial blood flow had higher clinical pregnancy rates and implantation rates."