Acupuncture for IVF is Amazing!

Increase IVF Success by 65% and Live Births by 91%

By Paul J.O'Brien
B.A., N.C.E.H.S., Dip. Acu., Cert Clin. Med., Pn1, PN-SSR, PN-NCA, M.T.C.M.C.I., M.C.Th.A.


Acupuncture for IVF is Amazing! I'm going to share with you exactly how and why you should be getting acupuncture if you are gong through IVF. First and foremost though - is because Acupuncture is scientifically proven to be your best method for increasing IVF Success. Take a look: 

  • Acupuncture for IVF Increases Success Rates by up to 65% (Paulus WE, et al, "Journal of Fertility & Sterility", 2002).
  • Increase the odds of a live birth by 91% (Manheimer E et al. "British Medical Journal", 2008).
  • 55% increase in Frozen Embryo Transfer live births  (Phillippi K, et al, "Journal of Fertility & Sterility", 2022).
  • Ongoing pregnancy rates (ultrasound showed a viable fetus after the 12th week of pregnancy) have an 87% improvement with acupuncture! (Gan D, et al. "Acupuncture benefits to women with recurrent implantation failure: A propensity score-matched cohort study". Heliyon. 2023).
  • Increase Natural Fertility by up to 70% (Westergaard L et al, Fertility and Sterility 2006 Vol 85).

Acupuncture for IVF is Amazing for Women

I can explain the complicated science behind it, but essentially Acupuncture for IVF is Amazing because it does a number of important things in preparing you for IVF and for pregnancy.

A simplified version of the process is this: Acupuncture stimulates the body to produce more blood cells and move those blood cells to where they need to be. For example we have points that increase blood flow and circulation (thus oestrogen) to the ovaries to improve egg health and quality. We have points that increase blood flow to the uterus, regulating the mensural cycle (shout out to my PCOS patients!), thickening the lining and increasing implantation rates. 

I also have specific points I use to increase hormone production like oestrogen to grow and ripen the follicles, increase progesterone and HCG to hold on to a developing pregnancy and reduce the risk of miscarriage. I can also reduce stress to prevent uterine contractions, reduce cortisol (stress hormone) and adrenaline and more. 

Acupuncture for IVF is Amazing for Men

And I haven't forgotten about the fella's! Guys get overlooked in reproductive health and are quickly dismissed with a pat on the back and a "You're fine, champ", when that just isn't the case. Men account for at least 50% of the problems with IVF and that number is growing! They get told their sperm is "fine" with a morphology of only 4%!!!! That's just not true! Using the strict criteria put forth by the World Health Organization (1999), studies of Assisted Reproductive Technology programs show lower pregnancy rates with less than 15% normal forms . Furthermore, experts currently are of the opinion that abnormally shaped sperm cannot fertilize an egg.

I'm one of the few, if not the only fertility specialist in Ireland that is focusing on fixing this right now. 

GUYS! Sperm counts around the world have halved over the past 50 years, with the pace of decline more than doubling since 2000, according to recent research on male fertility. A study published in New Scientist went as far as to say that if things continued as they are, “the median sperm count would reach zero by the mid-2040s”.


No one is doing IVF is we have ZERO SPERM! Thankfully, there is A LOT I can do to fix this. I was actually featured in The Irish Independent for a case in which I helped a patient's sperm motility go for 10% to 95%. Yeah. Acupuncture for IVF is Amazing. 

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All of this can be broken down into distinct stages for both men and women (and yes, I'll have articles explaining all of these and how it works up shortly):  


  • Follicle and Egg Development 
  • Increased Blood Flow to the Uterus and Ovaries
  • Regulation of Sex Hormones
  • Regulation of Ovulation
  • Dilation of the Cervix
  • Increased Progesterone and HCG
  • Regulation of the Immune System
  • Reduction in Stress and Cortisol


  • Increased Sperm Count
  • Increased Sperm Motility
  • Increased Sperm Morphology
  • Reduce Sperm DNA Fragmentation
  • Regulation of the Immune System
  • Reduction in Stress and Cortisol

Acupuncture for IVF is Amazing for Specific Conditions Too!

Okay, you might be reading this and asking how does this apply to me I have a specific diagnosed health problem. Don't worry, I have you covered. Acupuncture for IVF is Amazing for Specific Conditions Too! I have treated hundreds of men and women successfully with conditions like: 

  • PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) - We have a proven 89.7% effective rate in resolving this. 
  • Blocked Tubes - We have "a total effective rate of 90%," leading to "65% pregnancy rate following treatment". By contrast, conventional medicine has "42% of patients with a total recovery" and just a "38% pregnancy rate." TCM treatment increased implantation rates more than 5 times greater than the non TCM control group too. 
  • Endometriosis - Our methods produce "total effective rate ('cured', 'significantly effective' or 'effective') for auricular acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine was 91.9%"
  • Immunological Infertility  and Natural Killer Cells- this is is HUGE issue practically no one is paying attention to!
  • Hypothalamic Amenorrhea 
  • Hyperprolactinemia
  • Luteal Phase Defect 
  • POF (Premature Ovarian Failure)
  • Thyroid Problems (TP)
  • Ovarian Failure
  • Early Menopause
  • Repeated Miscarriage / Implantation Failure  - we can reduce the risk by 91%
  • Uterine Fibroids & Polyps
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease 
  • Small Eggs 
  • Poor Fertilization Rates
  • Low Ovarian Reserve 
  • Low Oestrogen
  • Low AMH
  • Low Progesterone 
  • Low Libido
  • High FSH 
  • Ovarian Hyper Stimulation Syndrome
  • Premature ovulation 
  • Painful periods / Dysmenorrhea
  • Slow response to IVF drugs 
  • Unexplained Infertility
  • Fluid in the tubes

Acupuncture for IVF is amazing, if not more impressive when treating any of these above conditions. (That list by the was is taken from my guide & lecture series on "The Treatment of Subfertility: A Comprehensive Review of the Primary Western Diagnosis of Subfertility and the 9 Primary Corresponding Patterns in TCM; Treatments & Prescriptions"). I'm the guy that teaches other acupuncturists about Acupuncture, fertility and IVF. :-) 

Acupuncture for IVF is Amazing for YOU

Yes. If you are going through IUI, IVF, ICSI or assisted reproduction treatments of any kind, the easiest, most effective way to improve your outcomes is to talk to me, because Acupuncture for IVF is Amazing for you. You can click on any of the articles/links above to learn more (more being added each week) or contact me today to arrange a free consult and see how I can help you have the family you're striving to have. Fill out the contact form below - or call me directly on 087 901 9627. 

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