A review of 7 studies comparing IVF with and without acupuncture was released in the British Medical Journal earlier this week. It found that there is a slightly increased chance of becoming pregnant when having acupuncture performed right before an embryo transfer. The risk is so slight, that it would take 10 women undergoing acupuncture with IVF to obtain a single live pregnancy.
While researchers aren't sure of the link, it is thought that acupuncture can promote relaxation and stress relief, making the uterus a better place for an embryo to implant. IVF can be very trying on the body and mind, so anything you can do to promote stress relief is a good thing, even if not acupuncture. Indulge in a massage, try meditation or let the housework go and read a good book. Not only will you decrease your stress level, but you may also increase your chances for pregnancy!Read the original study here