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Does Acupuncture for Fertility Work?

Fertility naturally declines as women age. In many cases, this decline takes place sooner than women expect. Fertility issues in women are rising at an alarming rate. Poor lifestyle choices, stress, and changing environment are all known to have an impact on a woman’s fertility.

Many women with fertility issues use acupuncture to manage their condition. The ancient Chinese practice involves inserting paper-thin needles at strategic points on the skin care to promote a whole host of benefits.

Read on to learn how acupuncture can improve blood flow and increase fertility from Walnut Creek acupuncture experts, Monarch Acupuncture.


The thought of a person inserting needles in your skin can seem intimidating, especially if you have a strong fear of needles. However, acupuncture is safe when performed by a trained acupuncturist.

Acupuncturists use paper-thin needles, not the hypodermic ones that have sharp cutting-edge points. Acupuncture needles are classified as medical devices. Acupuncturists must use sterile, non-toxic and single-use needles. Most people do not feel any pain or discomfort when acupuncture needles are inserted. In the majority of cases, any pain, discomfort or soreness after an acupuncture session is temporary and typically dissipates in 24 hours. 

Unlike many fertility drugs that have a number of side effects such as headache, breast tenderness, mood swings, and hot flashes, acupuncture does not have any serious side effects.

Acupuncture for Fertility

Various studies have shown that acupuncture can boost fertility. Many women who experience difficulty becoming pregnant or are unable to carry their babies to term use it as a standalone treatment (or in conjunction with other fertility treatments) to manage their fertility issues.

Acupuncture is a ray of hope for couples who have been trying to conceive for years. For women undergoing IVF treatment, acupuncture has been shown to improve the chances of getting pregnant by up to 65%.

A study conducted at Tel Aviv University reported that when combined with IUI, Traditional Chinese Medicine improved the clinical pregnancy rate. The study participants were divided into two groups. One group received IUI with TCM treatments.

The control group did not receive acupuncture. 65.5% of the women in the acupuncture group were able to conceive, compared with just 39.4% of women in the control group. 

In our Walnut Creek location, acupuncture for fertilityworks by increasing the blood flow to the reproductive organs, balancing hormones, and relieving stress. Various studies have found a correlation between depression and increased rates of infertility. Many studies have also underlined a possible relationship between high levels of cortisol and infertility. Acupuncture can alleviate depression symptoms and help reduce cortisol levels.

Have you been trying to conceive, but without success? Monarch Acupuncture & Wellness can help. We use tried-and-tested TCM methods to treat fertility issues. We will help you prepare physically and mentally to carry a new life. Contact us through the form on our site to schedule an appointment.