One of the best presentations at this years Integrative Fertility Symposium (IFS) was given on IVF Acupuncture Research by Dr. Lee Hullender Rubin, DAOM, LAc, FABORM. Dr. Hullender Rubin is a clinician, international academic, and published researcher specializing in reproductive medicine, women’s health and female sexual pain. She has been practicing acupuncture since 2002, and spent 5 years managing an acupuncture program within a successful IVF clinic at the Northwest Center for Reproductive Sciences (NCRS). After this 5 year experience, Dr. Hullender Rubin wanted to have more evidence to provide to patients trying to make decisions on their IVF care (and to satisfy her own curiosity). She analyzed the records of more than five years of IVF outcomes in women who completed a cycle at NCRS to give us the most comprehensive IVF and acupuncture study to date.
She was also able to use her study and the data we have from previous studies to shed light on how many acupuncture treatments are needed (does one treatment before and after a transfer really help? In some instances yes, and in others no, read the links below to get the details) and what the different needs are for patients undergoing fresh-non-donor cycles or patients undergoing donor cycles. She did a beautiful job explaining her findings at IFS, but has also done a beautiful job explaining her results for her patients on her blog. To learn all you need to know she broke it down into 3 easy to read pieces: