In recent years, the medical community has faced a new challenge, confronted with an increasing need to solve problems of infertility. The reasons are social, cultural and environmental. However, developments in endocrinology, molecular biology, and advances in techniques have led to solutions that have created a new medical-biological field covering in-vitro fertilization (IVF). Even though programs are constantly improving and new studies are carried out, there is a concern about the side effects of drugs that are being used as well as the success rates achieved.
In 2012, it was announced by the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) that five million children have been born internationally thanks to IVF techniques. Evidence shows that every year 1.5 million artificial insemination procedures (including sperm injection) are carried out globally, 1/3 of which are in Europe. The success rate for a cycle of IVF is around 32%.
Acupuncture comes to the fore again, due to positive treatment results, the fact that it does not require drugs, and the absence of side-effects. Numerous studies support the integration of acupuncture in protocols that are at the cutting edge of medical science (IVF/ICSI), and the benefits are significant on many levels.
At the 15th International Conference of Medical Acupuncture in Athens (ICMART 2012), issues concerning the use of acupuncture for infertility problems were presented, as well as relevant studies on the field. You can see the conclusions in the following text: Acupuncture and Fertility.