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Early studies appeared to indicate that acupuncture could improve your chances of becoming pregnant. The traditional Chinese technique was said to increase birth rates, particularly in women undergoing IVF treatment.

However, recent, more substantive, research has shown that this isn't the case. There is no real evidence to suggest that acupuncture is beneficial when trying to become pregnant. The technique does not affect rates of birth, pregnancy or miscarriage.

There is also no evidence to prove that acupuncture can act as a placebo during fertility treatment. Believing the treatment to be beneficial will not improve you chances of having a baby.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) only recommends acupuncture for back pain, although it may be useful in addressing other forms of body aches. The treatment is said to have no benefit in terms of fertility.

However, there is also no evidence to suggest that acupuncture when trying to become pregnant causes harm to either mother or baby. Indeed, very few health experts actually state that acupuncture should be avoided during fertility treatment. If you really want to have acupuncture, then don't let anyone stop you. But, don't expect the treatment to have the effect that you want.

Although acupuncture won't improve your chances of becoming pregnant, it can help calm you at a time of emotional strain. Many women have found acupuncture to be a useful relaxation technique during IVF treatment.

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