Can Acupuncture Really Work for Fertility?

Posted on April 5th, 2023

Are you struggling with infertility and searching for a natural and effective solution? Acupuncture may be the answer you have been looking for. At Aviva Acupuncture, we specialize in treating fertility issues and have helped many couples conceive naturally. In this blog post, we will explore the science behind acupuncture for fertility and how it can help you.

Understanding Fertility

Before diving into acupuncture, it is important to understand fertility and what causes infertility. Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse. This condition affects approximately 10-15% of couples in the United States. There are many causes of infertility, including hormonal imbalances, structural issues, and lifestyle factors.

Hormonal imbalances can affect both men and women, disrupting the delicate balance of hormones needed for conception. In women, conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), thyroid disorders, and premature ovarian failure can all lead to infertility. In men, low testosterone levels and poor sperm quality can affect fertility.

Structural issues can also contribute to infertility. In women, blocked fallopian tubes or uterine abnormalities can make it difficult for sperm to reach and fertilize the egg. In men, conditions such as varicoceles or blockages in the vas deferens can interfere with sperm production or delivery.

Lifestyle factors such as stress, poor diet, and smoking can also have a negative impact on fertility. Stress can disrupt the delicate balance of hormones needed for conception, while poor diet and smoking can affect egg and sperm quality. By understanding the underlying causes of infertility, we can develop a targeted treatment plan to address these issues and improve your chances of conceiving.

How Acupuncture Works for Fertility

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine practice that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body. This practice has been used for thousands of years to treat a variety of conditions, including infertility.

Acupuncture for fertility works by regulating the flow of Qi (pronounced "chee") or vital energy in the body. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), when Qi is blocked or stagnant, it can lead to a variety of health issues, including infertility. By inserting needles into specific acupuncture points, the flow of Qi is restored, and the body is able to heal itself.

In addition to regulating Qi, acupuncture also helps to reduce stress and promote relaxation. Stress has been shown to have a negative impact on fertility, and acupuncture can help to reduce stress levels and improve overall well-being.

The Science Behind Acupuncture for Fertility

While acupuncture has been used for centuries to treat infertility, modern science is beginning to catch up. A growing body of research has shown that acupuncture can be an effective treatment for fertility issues.

One study published in the Journal of Clinical Acupuncture and Moxibustion found that acupuncture can improve the pregnancy rate in women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF). The study compared two groups of women undergoing IVF, one group received acupuncture before and after the procedure, while the other group did not. The results showed that the pregnancy rate was significantly higher in the group that received acupuncture.

Another study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility found that acupuncture can improve the quality of eggs in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is a common cause of infertility in women and is characterized by hormonal imbalances. The study found that women who received acupuncture had a higher number of mature follicles, indicating improved egg quality.

What to Expect During an Acupuncture Session

If you are interested in trying acupuncture for fertility, you may be wondering what to expect during a session. At Aviva Acupuncture, we begin with a thorough consultation to discuss your health history and fertility concerns. From there, we will create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs.

During a session, you will lie comfortably on a treatment table while our acupuncturist inserts thin needles into specific points on your body. The needles are left in place for 20-30 minutes while you relax. Many people find acupuncture to be a relaxing and calming experience.

It is important to note that acupuncture needles are extremely thin and most people report little to no discomfort during the insertion process. You may feel a slight sensation or a dull ache at the insertion site, but this is generally mild and subsides quickly.

After the needles are in place, you will be left to relax for the remainder of the session. Many people find acupuncture to be a deeply relaxing experience and may even fall asleep during the treatment. Our acupuncturist may also use other techniques such as cupping or moxa to enhance the benefits of your treatment.

Other Natural Treatments for Fertility

In addition to acupuncture, there are many other natural treatments that can help improve fertility. These include:

Diet and Nutrition

Eating a healthy diet rich in whole foods and nutrients can play a crucial role in improving fertility. A balanced diet should include a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fats. Specific foods that may be beneficial for fertility include leafy greens, berries, nuts, seeds, and fatty fish. These foods are rich in antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and other nutrients that can help support reproductive health.

It is also important to maintain a healthy weight when trying to conceive. Both overweight and underweight women may experience difficulty conceiving due to hormonal imbalances. By maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise, you can support your overall health and improve your chances of conceiving.


Regular exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and can help improve overall health and reduce stress levels. Exercise can also play a role in improving fertility. Moderate exercise has been shown to improve fertility in both men and women by reducing stress, regulating hormones, and improving blood flow to the reproductive organs.

However, it is important to avoid over-exercising or engaging in high-intensity workouts when trying to conceive. Over-exercising can lead to hormonal imbalances and affect ovulation in women. Men who engage in high-intensity workouts may experience reduced sperm quality. It is important to find a balance and engage in moderate exercise regularly for optimal fertility.

Herbs and Supplements

Certain herbs and supplements can help support fertility, but it is important to consult with a qualified practitioner before taking any new supplements. Some herbs and supplements may interfere with prescription medications or have unwanted side effects.

Herbs such as chasteberry, maca root, and red raspberry leaf have been traditionally used to support fertility in women. These herbs can help regulate hormones and support a healthy menstrual cycle. Supplements such as CoQ10, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin D may also be beneficial for fertility.

Before taking any herbs or supplements, it is important to consult with a qualified practitioner to determine the appropriate dosage and potential interactions with prescription medications. At Aviva Acupuncture, our experienced acupuncturist can help guide you through the process of incorporating herbs and supplements into your fertility treatment plan.


Acupuncture is a safe, natural, and effective treatment for fertility issues. At Aviva Acupuncture, we have helped many couples conceive naturally using this ancient practice. By regulating the flow of Qi and reducing stress levels, acupuncture can improve fertility and support overall well-being.

If you are struggling with infertility and want to explore natural treatment options, we invite you to reach out to us at (808) 797-8721 or email us at [email protected] to schedule a consultation. Our experienced acupuncturist will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve your fertility goals.

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