Summary of influences on sperm quality, follicular microenvironment and egg quality in preparation for IVF

  • Increase blood supply (oxygen and nutrients) to the testicles with acupuncture
  • Increase blood supply (oxygen and nutrients) to the follicleswith acupuncture
  • Improve ovarian function by regulating hormone levels (e.g., LH, testosterone, insulin) with acupuncture
  • Reduce stress hormones associated with reduced IVF success with acupuncture
  • Increase oocyte mitochondrial ATP output with certain Chinese herbs
  • Enhance follicle antioxidant defenses with certain Chinese herbs
  • Improve follicle environment by reducing inflammatory cytokines with certain Chinese herbs.