Many couples who use embryo adoption to build their family want to do everything they can to increase their chances of a successful pregnancy and decrease the chances of miscarriage. Methods of increasing success range from getting enough rest, eating healthy, and more and more often, receiving acupuncture treatments. But does acupuncture really help increase the body’s chances of a successful frozen embryo transfer (FET) resulting in a healthy pregnancy?

When it comes to acupuncture, studies are divided. When researchers reviewed 16 studies of more than 4,000 women who had received acupuncture before in vitro fertilization, they found that some seemed to benefit while others showed no signs of benefit from the treatment. One thing all the studies agreed on, though, is that it doesn’t hurt. Acupuncture is usually an affordable treatment option and when compared to a bevy of expensive but dubious options available, women would be wise to explore acupuncture as a way to increase their rate of FET success. Acupuncture can help lower blood pressure, decrease stress, and at the very least, give women a chance to relax and pamper themselves during a high-stress, emotionally-intense period of their lives. At best, acupuncture could help prepare a woman’s body to receive her adopted embryo and help it begin a successful pregnancy journey resulting in the birth of her adopted child.

If you’d like to learn more about acupuncture and embryo adoption, Dr. Rita F. Stanford hosted a webinar discussing acupuncture and other holistic methods to help increase fertility and success rates for frozen embryo transfers. You can watch the webinar recording for free here.

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