Anna's News: New Research Supports Acupuncture Point Stimulation &
FET Cycle Success
Current research regarding transcutaneous electrical acupuncture point
stimulation (TEAS) improves outcomes of patients undergoing frozen embryo
transfer (FET) cycles. The study concluded that the TEAS treatment group
rate of embryo implantation, clinical pregnancy, and live birth were all
significantly higher versus the mock TEAS group.* The uterine lining was
the same in thickness in both groups but the major difference was that
the TEAS treatment group showed a much better quality uterine lining.
The TEAS treatment group had a greater endometrial and subendometrial
vascularization index on 3D ultrasound and increased endometrial HOXA10
expression which is associated with better endometrial receptivity. Treatment
was administered 6 times per month for the 3 months leading up to the FET.
An advantage of using TEAS treatment is that it is a non-invasive way of
stimulating the acupuncture points, meaning there are no needles that
penetrate the skin. At Pulling Down the Moon we typically incorporate
electro-acupuncture which current research supports improves the effectiveness
of medicated fertility treatment cycles already into our treatment plan.
For patients who are needle sensitive, we can minimize the number of needles
used during a treatment by incorporating TEAS on the abdomen. For more
information regarding TEAS and how it can help during an IVF cycle please
feel free to email me at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office to speak with one of our acupuncturists.