Photography by: Pornchai Mittongtare
ON PINS AND NEEDLES
A 2008 British Medical Journal study found that women who underwent IVF and acupuncture together were 65 percent more likely to conceive than women who only underwent IVF. According to acupuncturist-herbalist and Making Babies coauthor Jill Blakeway, L.Ac., acupuncture works by promoting uterine blood flow. It can also quiet post-IVF uterine contractions, encouraging implantation, and decrease levels of cortisol (a “stress hormone”) and prolactin; both are known to disrupt reproductive function.