Dainty Acupuncture - Holistic Family Medicine
Our Fertility Protocols
Most of our protocols are based on individual patient presentation and constitution type.  However, research has shown excellent improvement in IVF outcomes following the protocols below.  Although beneficial to all fertility patients, we highly recommend using these protocols for patients undergoing ART.
Reduction of Blood Flow Impedance in the Uterine Arteries of Infertile Women with Electro-Acupuncture.
Significant decrease in blood flow impedance
Significant increase in STFH
Benefits of the selected acupuncture points
Inhibit sympathetic nervous system outflow
Increase blood flow to uterus and ovaries
Increase endometrial thickness
Balance hormones
Regulate menses
Relax sinews
Directly impacts nerves that innervate uterus
Stener-Victorin E, Waldenstrom U, Andersson SA, Wikland M. Reduction of blood flow impedance in the uterine arteries of infertile women with electro-acupuncture. Hum Reprod 1996;11(6):1314-7.
Influence of Acupuncture on the Pregnancy Rates in Patients Who Undergo Assisted Reproduction Therapy.
Significant increase in pregnancy rates, 42.5% vs. 26.3%
Benefits of the selected acupuncture points
Increase blood flow to the uterus
Endocrine system regulation
Implantation support
Decrease inflammation of all gynecological organs
Decrease cramping
Decrease abdominal pain and distention
Open and relax the cervix
Calm the mind & decrease anxiety
Paulus WE, Zhang M, Strehler E, El-Danasouri I, Sterzik K. Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rates in patients who undergo assisted reproductive therapy. Fertility & Sterility 2002;77(4):721-4.
Acupuncture and In Vitro Fertilization: Does the Number of Treatments Impact Reproductive Outcomes?
Results Summary
A minimum of 8 treatments needed for optimal results
Significant increase in pregnancy rates, 61.1% vs. 37.4%
Significant decrease in ectopic pregnancies
Cridennda DK, Magarelli PC, Cohen M. Acupuncture and In Vitro Fertilization: Does the number of acupuncture treatments impact reproductive outcomes? Integrating Acupuncture and IVF Seminar. May 18, 2007. Vancouver, BC.
Research Articles: Acupuncture and Infertility
Below are additional articles that you may be interested in reading.
Role of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Female Fertility
Raymond Chang, M.D., et.al., The Institute of East-West Medicine, The Department of Internal Medicine, Weill Medical College of Cornell University.
Effects of Acupuncture on Rates of Pregnancy and Live Birth Among Women Undergoing in Vitro Fertilisation:Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis 
Eric Manheimer, Grant Zhang, Laurence Udoff, Aviad Haramati, Patricia Langenberg, Brian M Berman, and Lex M Bouter
Substitution of Acupuncture for HCG in Ovulation Induction
Cai Xuefen, Obstetrical & Gynecological Hospital, Zhejiang Medical University, Zhejiang Province
Acupuncture in IVF Linked to Lower Miscarriage and Ectopic Rates 
OB/Gyn News, Copyright © 2005 by International Medical News Group, an Elsevier company.
Acupuncture & IVF Poor Responders: A Cure?
P.C. Magarelli, D.K. Cridennda. Reproductive Medicine & Fertility Center, Colorado Springs, CO.
Acupuncture:Impact on Pregnancy Outcomes in IVF Patients
 Paul C. Magarelli, M.D., Ph.D.. et. al., Reproductive Medicine & Fertility Center, Colorado Springs
Treatment of Immunological Infertility with Chinese Medicinal Herbs of Ziyin Jianghuo
Li DJ, Li CJ, Zhu Y., Dept. of Reproductive Immunology, Shanghai Medical University.
Acupuncture in Labor Management
Allais, G., et al., Minerva ginecologica 55(6): 503-10.