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Acupuncture Services

Duke Fertility Center is pleased to offer an in-house acupuncture program for patients considering or undergoing fertility treatment. Acupuncture may help address problems that can affect fertility. 

What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that has been used to treat fertility issues for over 3000 years. Its basic principles rely on restoring physical and emotional balance.

Tiny needles approximately the width of a cat’s whisker are inserted painlessly into the body at specific anatomical locations. The sensations patients describe range from nothing at all to a dull ache to slight tingling in the area. After about 30 minutes of deep relaxation, during which many people doze off, the needles are removed. All needles are individually packaged, sterile, and disposed of after a single use.

Who Is a Candidate for Acupuncture?
Any patient — male or female — who is considering, preparing for, or undergoing fertility treatment can engage in acupuncture. At the Duke Fertility Center we offer on-site acupuncture services on the day of embryo transfer. This includes acupuncture treatment immediately before and again immediately after the embryo transfer procedure. All treatments on this day are conducted on-sit near the transfer procedure room and coordinated with the physicians in order to ensure proper timing.

How Do I Get More Information?
If you would like to schedule acupuncture for the day of embryo transfer, please contact us at to let us know as soon as you can. Include your contact information and date of birth. When your retrieval date has been scheduled, please send us another email so that we know to expect your transfer a few days after that. We require at least 48 hours notice prior to the transfer in order to accommodate you. Patients do no need to do anything special for the acupuncture treatment – just bring a water bottle and prepare to relax!

Will Acupuncture Increase My Chances of Getting Pregnant?
The amount of research on acupuncture and IVF outcomes has expanded greatly in the past decade, but research is still ongoing.  While definitive answers on the relationships between acupuncture and enhanced fertility are being pursued, acupuncture has been linked reliable to reduced post-surgical pain, nausea and vomiting, as well as increased well-being and mood. We believe that acupuncture is likely to improve both how you feel and how you cope while going through fertility treatment.

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