The Benefits of Pairing Acupuncture with Fertility Treatment


It is no secret when pursuing fertility treatment that it also comes with elements of stress and frustration. Many patients seek additional support in alternative medicine to nurture their well-being, hoping to optimize outcomes on their path to parenthood. Among the several alternative options, there is one that we work with regularly at Pacific Fertility Center Los Angeles (PFCLA) acupuncture. These treatments have been recognized to support fertility and overall health.

If you're unfamiliar with Acupuncture, it's an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine that involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body. For thousands of years, it has been used to support various health conditions such as pain, stress, anxiety, insomnia, and more. 

PFCLA provides acupuncture as a supplementary service for patients undergoing fertility treatments, including in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and embryo transfers. Our In-House Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Dr. Nefertiti Abdou, is highly trained and experienced in integrative reproductive medicine and women's health. She collaborates with our fertility doctors to create customized treatment plans that address each patient's unique fertility journey.

How Acupuncture Works for Fertility

Acupuncture may potentially improve your fertility in several ways:

  • Balances hormones: Acupuncture stimulates the endocrine system, which is responsible for producing and releasing hormones that affect ovulation, menstruation, and pregnancy. By balancing the levels of hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and luteinizing hormone (LH), acupuncture may help better prepare your body for fertility treatment.
  • Increases blood flow: Acupuncture helps to increase blood circulation to the reproductive organs, especially the uterus and ovaries. This may improve the quality and quantity of eggs and the thickness and receptivity of the uterine lining. A well-nourished uterus and ovaries can increase your chances of conceiving and carrying a healthy baby.
  • Reduces stress: Stress can have a negative impact on your fertility by disrupting your hormonal balance, affecting your ovulation, and lowering your libido. Acupuncture is known to reduce stress by stimulating the release of endorphins. It also can calm your nervous system and lower your blood pressure, improving your overall health and well-being.

How Acupuncture Complements Fertility Treatments

Acupuncture can be a valuable addition to your fertility treatment plan, whether you are trying to conceive naturally or with assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as IVF. Here are some of the ways acupuncture can complement your fertility treatments:

  • Enhances IVF outcomes: Some studies have suggested that acupuncture performed before and after embryo transfer can increase the pregnancy rates of IVF patients. This may be due to acupuncture’s ability to improve blood flow to the uterus, relax the uterine muscles, and reduce stress and anxiety3. Acupuncture can also help reduce some side effects of IVF medications, such as bloating, nausea, headaches, and mood swings.
  • Supports overall wellness: Acupuncture can help you address other health issues that may affect your fertility indirectly, such as insomnia, digestive problems, allergies, or chronic pain. By improving your sleep quality, digestion, immunity, and pain relief, acupuncture can help you feel more comfortable and energetic throughout your fertility journey.
  • Promotes emotional well-being: Trying to conceive can be emotionally challenging and cause frustration, sadness, anger, or guilt. Acupuncture can help you cope with these emotions by providing a safe and supportive space to express yourself and receive compassionate care. Acupuncture can also help you cultivate a positive and hopeful mindset to boost your confidence and resilience.


Meet Dr. Nefertiti Abdou, Our In-House Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Dr. Nefertiti Abdou is a licensed acupuncturist who specializes in integrative reproductive medicine. She earned her doctorate degree in integrative reproductive medicine and women’s health from Yo San University and attended the University of Miami for her undergraduate degree in psychology. 

Dr. Abdou has been practicing acupuncture for over ten years and has been a part of the PFCLA team for the last seven years. She has helped hundreds of patients achieve their fertility goals. She is passionate about providing holistic and individualized care to each patient, considering their medical history, lifestyle factors, emotional state, and personal preferences. She works closely with our fertility doctors to create customized treatment plans that optimize each patient’s chances of success.

Dr. Abdou offers acupuncture sessions at our clinic before and after embryo transfers and regular sessions throughout the menstrual cycle or during IVF stimulation. She also provides lifestyle and dietary recommendations, herbal prescriptions, and emotional support to enhance the effects of acupuncture and fertility treatments.

Experience the Benefits of Acupuncture for Yourself

If you want to explore acupuncture with your fertility treatment plan, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Abdou. She will assess your condition, answer your questions, and design a treatment plan that suits your needs and goals. Whether you are just starting your fertility journey or have been trying for a while, acupuncture can help you improve your chances of conceiving and having a healthy baby.

At PFCLA, we are committed to providing our patients with the most effective, personalized, and compassionate care. Dr. Abdou’s integrative approach reflects this commitment and has consistently resulted in positive outcomes and feedback from our patients. Contact us today to find out how acupuncture can boost your fertility journey.

Note: This is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Information provided is for general educational purposes only and is subject to change without notice. Speak to your doctor directly with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Any information contained herein does not replace any care plan as determined by a physician. 

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