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Acupuncture Increases IVF success rates by 33.8%

Acupuncture for IVF
A new meta-analysis study finds acupuncture can significantly increase in vitro fertilisation (IVF) success rates. The study included data from 25 high-quality randomised controlled trials involving 4,757 participants. Acupuncture boosts IVF live birth rates by an impressive 33.8%. The treatment is safe, natural, and cost-effective.


A new meta-analysis study published in the Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics has revealed ground-breaking findings – acupuncture can significantly increase the success rates of in vitro fertilisation (IVF).

Researchers analysed data from 25 high-quality randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and found that acupuncture can increase IVF live birth rates (LBR) by a remarkable 33.8%! This is particularly encouraging, as there are very few if any, IVF adjunctive treatments that have similar proven success rates.

As a fertility acupuncturist with 20 years of experience, these findings validate what I have witnessed first-hand. These findings not only validate the experiences of fertility acupuncturists like me but also offer hope to individuals seeking safe and natural ways to enhance their chances of conceiving through IVF.

IVF Acupuncture Research Study in Detail

The meta-analysis study included data from 25 high-quality RCTs involving 4,757 participants, making it one of the most thorough research studies on acupuncture and IVF. They found that patients who received acupuncture during their IVF treatments had a live birth rate of 38.0%, a significant improvement compared to the 28.7% rate for those who did not receive acupuncture.

Moreover, the clinical pregnancy rates were also higher in the acupuncture group, with 43.6% compared to 33.2% in the non-acupuncture group. Overall, the analysis demonstrated that acupuncture could boost IVF live birth rates by an astonishing 33.8%.

These findings not only provide hope for couples undergoing IVF but also offer scientific validation for the efficacy of acupuncture.

The results of this meta-analysis study are not surprising to experienced fertility acupuncturists. Over the course of my 20 years in this field, I have witnessed the profound impact of acupuncture on IVF outcomes. It is gratifying to see that these experiences are now supported by rigorous scientific research.

What makes acupuncture even more appealing is its safety and cost-effectiveness profile. In an era where IVF patients and IVF clinics are increasingly seeking safe and effective ways to boost IVF success rates, acupuncture stands out as a safe, natural and effective IVF adjunctive therapy.

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The ground-breaking findings from the meta-analysis study highlight the immense potential of acupuncture in increasing IVF live birth rates. With a 33.8% improvement in live birth rates, acupuncture has emerged as a valuable adjunct to IVF treatment.

As a fertility acupuncturist, I am thrilled to see my years of experience supported by high-quality rigorous scientific research. Acupuncture is a safe, natural, and cost-effective treatment that can make a significant difference in IVF outcomes.

If you are on your fertility journey and considering IVF, I encourage you to explore the benefits of acupuncture. As a Fertility Acupuncturist at CAM Therapies, I am dedicated to helping individuals on their fertility and IVF journey. To learn more about how acupuncture can enhance your chances of IVF success, book an initial consultation or call us on 01223510611.


Xu, M., Zhu, M. & Zheng, C. Effects of acupuncture on pregnancy outcomes in women undergoing in vitro fertilization: an updated systematic review and meta-analysis. Arch Gynecol Obstet (2023) doi:10.1007/s00404-023-07142-1.

Acupuncture for IVF

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Irina Szmelskyj
Irina Szmelskyj is an award-winning acupuncturist with almost two decades of experience. Irina is an international lecturer, researcher and a published book author. She works as an acupuncturist in London at Conceivable London Fertility Acupuncture Clinic, Cambridge at CAM Therapies and in Godmanchester at True Health Clinics in Cambridgeshire, UK. Her specialisms include acupuncture for fertility and IVF.

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