Recent research has shown that acupuncture improves the success of IVF, in vitro fertilization. With IVF, a treatment for infertility, a woman’s egg is fertilized with sperm outside the body in a petri dish and then inserted back into her uterus.

Usually acupuncture is customized to each person’s needs. However, in this research, standardized acupuncture protocols tested for both before and after IVF procedures, were found to significantly increase fertility and live birth rates for women.

Receiving acupuncture on the same day both before and after undergoing an IVF transfer of donor eggs boosts the chances of producing a successful pregnancy. “Success rates for IVF are measured by favorable outcomes: pregnancies and live births.”