Can Acupuncture Help With Fertility?

Can Acupuncture Help With Fertility?

Some people seek traditional approaches to help deal with fertility issues. Medical practitioners in the field define infertility as being unable to get pregnant after a year of unprotected sex. Some people turn to the traditional Chinese medicinal practice of acupuncture (which involves inserting thin needles into parts of the body to stimulate blood flow) to help with their infertility problems.

Acupuncture for fertility is said to help by improving the flow of blood around the reproductive organs, stimulating hormone production and by relieving stress. There is, however, no conclusive scientific evidence that acupuncture can help with infertility. Research that has been undertaken, including a study of over 800 women, did not support acupuncture as an effective complementary treatment for infertility while other studies showed that it did not help improve live birth rates with no differences found between a control and placebo group.