The multiphasic fertility acupuncture protocol tested in this trial did positively influence the women who received it compared to the women who used lifestyle modification alone. It increased their fertility awareness and improved their wellbeing. Those who conceived did so in half the time of their lifestyle only peers. (Suzanne Cochrane, Caroline A. Smith, Alphia Possamai-Inesedy, and Alan Bensoussan. Prior to Conception: The Role of an Acupuncture Protocol in Improving Women’s Reproductive Functioning Assessed by a Pilot Pragmatic Randomised Controlled Trial. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 3587569, 11 pages)
There is preliminary data indicating acupuncture may improve menstrual health and coping for women experiencing delays falling pregnant. There is experimental data showing that acupuncture can influence female reproductive functioning, although the actual mechanisms involved are not yet clarified. Further well-conducted clinical research would benefit our understanding of the usefulness of acupuncture to women’s health.
S. Cochrane, C. A. Smith, A. Possamai-Inesedy, and A. Bensoussan, “Acupuncture and women’s health: an overview of the role of acupuncture and its clinical management in women’s reproductive health,” International Journal of Women’s Health, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 313–325, 2014.
Qian, Y, Xia, XR, Ochin, H, Huang, C, Gao, C, Gao, L, Cui, UG, Liu, JY, & Meng, Y 2017 ‘Therapeutic effect of acupuncture on the outcomes of in vitro fertilization: a systematic review and meta-analysis’, Archives of Gynaecology & Obstetrics, Vol. 295, No. 3, pp. 543–558.
Jo, J & Lee, YJ, 2017 ‘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, Vol. 35, No. 3, pp 162-170.
Rubi-Klein K, Kucera-Sliutz E, Nissel H, Bijak M, Stockenhuber D, Fink M, Wolkenstein E, “Is acupuncture in addition to conventional medicine effective as pain treatment for endometriosis? A randomised controlled cross-over trial”, Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol 2010; 153: 90–3.
The present results showed the feasibility and safety of acupuncture for the treatment of Premature Ovarian Failure (in China). These findings suggest that acupuncture may decrease serums FSH and LH level, raise E2 (oestrogen) serum level, relieve anxiety, reduce mental stress, and improve the menopausal symptoms. No serious side effects were found.
Y. Chen, Y. Fang, J. Yang, F. Wang, Y. Wang, and L. Yang, “Effect of acupuncture on premature ovarian failure: a pilot study,” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 2014, Article ID 718675, 6 pages, 2014.