While scientists continue to make groundbreaking discoveries, they’re also finding that traditional practices for improving pregnancy rates are more than just old wives’ tales.
Case in point: research now supports the idea that acupuncture may have a positive effect in infertility treatments. A 2002 study in the journal Fertility and Sterility found that in vitro fertilization patients who received acupuncture just before embryo transfer were more likely to become pregnant than those who did not. In fact, 43 percent of the acupuncture group conceived, compared with 26 percent of the control group. Why did the needling procedure help with implantation? Researchers say acupuncture improves blood flow to the uterus. Want your partner to partake in the traditional healing therapy, too? Some evidence points to the idea that acupuncture can also improve sperm mobility and motility, as well.
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