Acupuncture is a simple painless medical procedure that involves using small needles to stimulate specific points on the body. Peer-reviewed research on Acupuncture and Infertility confirms that five potential physiological mechanisms have been postulated for its positive effects:
Acupuncture may mediate the release of neurotransmitters and stimulate the release of gonadatropin releasing hormone, thereby influencing menstrual cycles, ovulation and fertility.
Acupuncture may stimulate blood flow to the Uterus, inhibiting uterine central sympathetic nerve activity.
Acupuncture may stimulate the production of endogenous opiods, which may inhibit the central nervous system outflow and the biological stress response.
Acupuncture may increase seratonin levels.
Acupuncture may beneficially influence cortisol and prolactin levels during the medication phase of IVF treatment with a trend toward more fertile cycle dynamics.