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Does Research Support Fertility Acupuncture?

Updated: Jan 8



Pregnant woman walks along a beach holding her baby bump.


The short answer is: yes! Acupuncture improves fertility for both men and women. As a reproductive acupuncturist with over ten years of experience, I have seen incredible success with acupuncture supporting women who are trying to conceive.


Because I was trained at an integrative school of medicine, I am always searching for new research that helps better explain acupuncture’s affect on fertility. Studies in the past have shown that acupuncture helps “uterine artery perfusion,” which is the increase of blood flow to the uterus. (Stenor-Victorin, n.d.) New research on the subject is emerging, stating that “acupuncture can be considered as successful treatment in restoring fertility in the patients, by improving the sperm quality and ovarian function and balancing the endocrine system and hormones.” (Zhu, 2018)


When treating infertility, it is important to treat both the male and female partner to increase the chances of conception. In a study where both the male and female partner were treated with similar 40-minute acupuncture sessions, it took about 4 sessions to improve the quality of the sperm and 7 sessions for the female to conceive. (Zhu, 2018) And this was after one year of attempting to conceive without acupuncture.


This is just one of the thousands of documented acupuncture success stories. If you’ve had trouble conceiving, it may be time to try acupuncture. For more information on how acupuncture can benefit your conception journey, book your appointment by clicking this link.






Zhu, Jihe, et al. “Acupuncture Treatment for Fertility.” Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 19 Sept. 2018, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6182526/#:~:text=Acupuncture%20as%20a%20treatment%20for,the%20endocrine%20system%20and%20hormones.





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