Female infertility

Conclusions: Following a "fertility diet" pattern may favorably influence fertility in otherwise healthy women. Further, the majority of infertility cases due to ovulation disorders may be preventable through modifications of diet and lifestyle.

Jorge E. Chavarro, MD, ScD1,2, Janet W. Rich-Edwards, MPH, ScD2,3,4, Bernard A. Rosner, PhD2,5 and Walter C. Willett, MD, DrPH1,2,4

Conclusions: The missing advantage of verum acupuncture versus placebo needling may be due to the methodical problem that real placebo models for acupuncture are lacking. Our placebo needle set induces an acupressure effect thus leading to a higher pregnancy rate than in our population without any complementary treatment.


Paulus W.E.1, Zhang M.2, Strehler E.1, Seybold B.1 and Sterzik K.Christian-Lauritzen-Institut, Reproductive Medicine, Ulm, Germany and 2Tongji Medical University, Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Wuhan, China


CONCLUSIONS: The review found promising evidence supporting the use of Chinese herbal medicine for primary dysmenorrhoea

Zhu X, et al, Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2008 Apr 16;(2):CD005288.

Conclusion(s): In this study, there appears to be a beneficial regulation of CORT and PRL in the Ac group during the medication phase of the IVF treatment with a trend toward more normal fertile cycle dynamics. (Fertil Steril® 2008;-:-–-. ©2008 by American Society for Reproductive Medicine.) 

Paul C. Magarelli, M.D.,a Diane K. Cridennda, L.Ac.,b and Mel Cohen, Ph.D.a

a Reproductive Medicine and Fertility Centers and b East Winds Acupuncture, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Conclusions: Our findings suggest that acupuncture may be a useful adjuvant to gonadotropin therapy among women undergoing ICSI. In this context, acupuncture increased the number of follicles produced and appeared to also increase the estradiol level.

Sandra L. Emmons, MD Phillip Patton, MD

Source: Medical Acupuncture, A Journal For Physicians By Physicians 

Conclusions: Observations reveal that acupuncture may regulate the abnormal function of HPOA in many ways.

J.L. Fratterelli, M.R. Leondires, K.Fong, A Theall, S. Locatelli, R.T. Scott, Reproductive Medicine Associates of new Jersey, Morristown, NJ

Conclusion: Most of the studies suggested that acupuncture plays a positive role in the management of infertility including ovulation dysfunction, IVF-ET, and male infertility. Acupuncture may improve ovulation via modulation of the central and peripheral nervous system, the neuroendocrine and endocrine system, the ovarian blood flow, and metabolism. Acupuncture can improve the outcome of IVF-ET, and the mechanisms may be related to an increased uterine blood flow, inhibition of uterine motility, and a reduction of depression, anxiety and stress. Its effect in modulating immune function also suggests helpfulness in improving the outcome of IVF-ET. Acupuncture may play a positive role in male infertility.

HUANG Dong-mei (黄冬梅)1, HUANG Guang-ying (黄光英)1, LU Fu-er (陆付耳)1, Dieterle Stefan2,3, Neuer Andreas3, and Greb Robert3

Conclusions: Acupuncture improves CPR and LBR among women undergoing IVF based on the results of studies that do not include the Streitberger control. The Streitberger control may not be an inactive control. More positive effects from using acupuncture in IVF can be expected if an appropriate control and more reasonable acupuncture programs are used.

Cui Hong Zheng, M.D.; Ph.D.a, Guang Ying Huang, M.D., Ph.D.a; Ming Min Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.b; Wei Wang, M.D., Ph.D.c.. Fertility and Sterility. 1-11-2012.


Lars G. Westergaard, M.D., Ph.D.,a Qunhui Mao, M.D.,b Marianne Krogslund,a Steen Sandrini,c
Suzan Lenz, M.D., Ph.D.,a and Jørgen Grinsted, M.D., Ph.D.a

Conclusion:This study is the first to demonstrate that the use of acupuncture in patients with poor prognoses (elevated Peak FSH, longer history of infertility, poor sperm morphology) can achieve similar pregnancy rates to normal prognosis patients

P.C. Magarelli, D.K. Cridennda. Reproductive Medicine & Fertility Center, Colorado Springs, CO.

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