In relation to IVF, modern day research has found acupuncture improves success of fertility by 40 – 60 per cent when administered before and after embryo transfer.
Acupuncture is also able to help men overcome infertility issues. Approximately 1 in 20 Australian men are affected by infertility. This figure is slowly increasing and is thought to be a result of changing environmental conditions, and increasing age of men who are trying to conceive. Male fertility also decreases with age. A man aged 35 years has only half the chance of conceiving compared to a 25-year-old man. Specifically, acupuncture is able to address these health concerns as well as improving sperm count, motility and abnormality, leading to an enhanced quality of sperm.
Just as in women, stress also plays a large part in the health of men and contributes to any infertility conditions they may have. It is now well documented that stress can impact negatively on health, in turn negatively affecting sperm, which may promote infertility in men. It is important to understand your contribution is vital. While participating in a treatment regimen of acupuncture or using TCM, dietary and lifestyle choices are effectively addressed to enhance results gained from treatment.