Acupuncture to Reduce Risk of Miscarriage
The inclusion of acupuncture (part of traditional Chinese medicine)with IVF has long been discussed. Its role in supporting improved clinical pregnancy rates in patients who have had multiple failed cycles has been evaluated over the last decade. Another important role of acupuncture in supporting pregnancy is its ability to support implantation and reduce the risk of miscarriage.
Acupuncture done to prepare for an IVF and transfer along with acupuncture before and after the day of transfer and again in the implantation phase has been shown to significantly improve the clinical pregnancy rate by about 33% relative to patients who do not utilize acupuncture around IVF.
Based on 10 studies looking at a total of 2042 Women there is an observed reduction in miscarriage risk by almost 43% compared to those who did not use acupuncture around IVF. This is an incredible outcome from such a safe and relaxing treatment option.
Can acupuncture reduce the risk of miscarriage?
Yes, we see that acupuncture may be able to reduce the risk of miscarriage by decreasing symptoms of uterine cramping, supporting optimal blood flow to the uterus, and changing the microenvironment of the Uterus to support implantation and reduce spotting.
Acupuncture has been shown to start a shift in the cytokines (structures secreted by the immune system) that strongly favours implantation. Specifically, there is a shift from Th1 dominance to Th2 dominance. This means that there is an increase in the production of Interleukin-4 and Interleukin-10, both of which increase the effect of Leukemia Inhibiting Doctor (LIF), which strongly supports implantation. It also decreases Interleukin-1B and Interleukin-2 (2 cytokines which diminish likelihood of a healthy pregnancy).
This article is in no way a replacement for medical advice or medical care, it is advised that anyone concerned about their Health should speak with their Naturopathic Doctor.