Acupuncture and IVF

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has at least 3 major roles to play in the field of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART):

  • Further increase IVF success rates, including an increase in blood flow to the ovaries and uterus (see the Research Pages).
  • Decrease the side effects of the medications.
  • Getting the parent(s) in the best health possible so you can optimize your health and the health of your unborn child through pre-conception care.

When preparing for IVF, it is recommended that both partners who are contributing DNA to this child (both male and female) begin TCM treatment at least 3 months prior to egg retrieval or transfer. Normally, you are seen once a week until the stimulation medications begin and then you are seen twice a week. Maya abdominal massage can be added in during this time as well and can also be very helpful in preparing for IVF.


  1. Data on IVF clinics show wide variation in success rate,   BMJ. 2002 August 31; 325(7362): 460.   PMCID: PMC1169457