The management of infertility using acupuncture is an expanding area of practice because it is safe, effective and saves on costly medical interventions. It is also an excellent adjunct treatment for people undergoing assisted reproductive treatment, such as IVF.

This 10 minute interview showcases the new book “Acupuncture for IVF and Assisted Reproduction” which has been specially prepared to meet the growing demand for information in this area and draws upon 20 years combined experience of the authors, Szmelzkyj and Aquilina, together with the latest evidence from both orthodox medicine and TCM.

Richly illustrated and clearly written throughout, the book takes the reader through the anatomy and physiology of reproductive medicine (from both an orthodox and TCM perspective) and explains the underlying basis of orthodox medical fertility tests and investigations. The volume then explores the pathology and aetiology of TCM syndromes and shows how common fertility-related conditions, such as endometriosis and male factor infertility, affect Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) success rates. It explains in great detail how to take a reproductive medical history and successfully diagnose TCM syndromes. Acupuncture for IVF and Assisted Reproduction also provides guidelines on how to regulate the menstrual cycle in preparation for IVF treatment and shows how lifestyle can affect fertility and ART success rates.