November 2023

Alternative Therapies for Fertility: Exploring Acupuncture, Yoga, and Mindfulness

Many people who are trying to conceive or undergoing fertility treatments may look for ways to boost  their chances of success and cope with the stress and uncertainty of the process. While conventional  fertility treatments, such as IVF and IUI, are proven to be effective. Some people may also benefit from  alternative therapies like acupuncture, yoga, and mindfulness. These therapies can help improve  physical and mental health, balance hormones, and enhance well-being, all of which can positively  impact fertility. 


Acupuncture and Fertility 

Acupuncture, a key component of traditional Chinese medicine, involves the insertion of thin needles  into specific points on the body. This practice stimulates the body’s energy flow, promoting overall  health and well-being. [1]


How Does Acupuncture Work? 

Acupuncture points are believed to correspond with energy pathways or “meridians” in the body. By  stimulating these points, acupuncture aims to clear energy blockages and promote the body’s natural  healing processes. In terms of fertility, acupuncture is thought to enhance the body’s reproductive  functions by improving ovarian function, enhancing sperm quality, and promoting optimal uterine  health.  


Alternative Therapies for Fertility


Yoga for Fertility 

Yoga, an ancient practice originating from India, combines physical postures, breathing exercises, and  meditation. Regular yoga can help reduce stress, improve circulation, and balance hormone levels,  which can positively impact fertility.


Yoga Poses for Fertility

Certain yoga poses, such as “Supta Baddha Konasana” (Reclining Bound Angle Pose) and “Viparita  Karani” (Legs-up-the-Wall Pose), are believed to stimulate the reproductive organs and enhance  fertility. [2] However, it’s important to practice these poses under the guidance of a  certified yoga instructor to ensure correct alignment and avoid injury. 

Yoga not only improves physical health but also promotes a strong mind-body connection. This  connection can be particularly beneficial for individuals and couples navigating the emotional  rollercoaster of fertility treatments. 


Mindfulness and Fertility 

Mindfulness, a form of meditation, involves focusing on the present moment without judgment.  Studies suggest that mindfulness can help reduce stress and anxiety associated with fertility issues,  thereby potentially improving fertility outcomes.


Practicing Mindfulness 

Mindfulness can be practiced through techniques such as mindful breathing, body scan meditation,  and mindful eating. Regular mindfulness practice can help cultivate a sense of calm and acceptance,  which can be particularly beneficial for individuals and couples navigating the emotional rollercoaster  of fertility treatments.


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a structured program that uses mindfulness to help  people manage stress and improve their quality of life. Some studies suggest that MBSR can be  beneficial for people dealing with fertility issues. [3] 

While alternative therapies should not replace conventional fertility treatments, they can complement  them and provide additional support. Suppose you’re considering acupuncture, yoga, or mindfulness  as part of your fertility journey. In that case, it’s important to discuss this with your healthcare provider to ensure these therapies are safe and suitable for you. 


Remember, every fertility journey is unique. What works for one person may not work for another.  It’s about finding what works best for you and your body.  



[1] CAM Therapies - How Does Acupuncture Work For Fertility? 

[2] IVF Turkey - How Fertility Yoga Can Improve Your Chances of IVF Success

[3] NCBI, National Library of Medicine - Mindfulness improves the mental health of infertile women: A  systematic review - PMC