On today’s episode I’ll be chatting with Sari Tjurin-Zeiger. Sari is an acupuncturist specializing in gynecology, obstetrics, and reproductive medicine. In this episode you will find out what kinds of challenges Sari can help people with, why scientific research is so important to inform the working practice, and how it supports reproductive health including secondary subfertility. We spoke about how secondary infertility sometimes receives less attention and those who are experiencing it may feel marginalized. Sari is a great person to know for your entire parenting journey from conception to postpartum and beyond and that’s why she’s a guest on the podcast. Let’s get started with this deep dive into acupuncture.
Show notes:
Schedule an appointment with Sari: https://www.eiransairaala.fi/fi/Asiantuntijat/Tjurin-Zeiger-Sari 
Scientific literature and references:
1. Allais G, Chiarle G, Sinigaglia S, et al. Acupuncture treatment of migraine, nausea, and
vomiting in pregnancy. Neurol Sci. 2019;40(Suppl 1):213-215. doi:10.1007/s10072-019-
2. Dehghani AS, Homayouni K, Kanannejad Z, Kanannejad Z. The effect of acupuncture on
the day of embryo transfer on the in vitro fertilization outcomes: An RCT. Int J Reprod
Biomed. 2020;18(3):209-214. doi:10.18502/ijrm.v18i3.6719
3. Bäumler P, Zhang W, Stübinger T, Irnich D. Acupuncture-related adverse events:
systematic review and meta-analyses of prospective clinical studies. BMJ Open.
2021;11(9):e045961. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2020-045961
4. Linde K, Allais G, Brinkhaus B, et al. Acupuncture for the prevention of episodic migraine.
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2016;(6).
5. Lokugamage AU, Eftime VAI, Porter D, Ahillan T, Ke SX. Birth preparation acupuncture
for normalising birth: An analysis of NHS service routine data and proof of concept.
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 2020;40(8):1096-1101.
6. Park J, Sohn Y, White AR, Lee H. The safety of acupuncture during pregnancy: a
systematic review. Acupunct Med. 2014;32(3):257-266. doi:10.1136/acupmed-2013-
9. Paulus WE, Zhang M, Strehler E, El-Danasouri I, Sterzik K. Influence of acupuncture on
the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproduction therapy. Fertility and
Sterility. 2002;77(4):721-724. doi:10.1016/S0015-0282(01)03273-3
10. Hullender Rubin LE, Opsahl MS, Wiemer K, Mist SD, Caughey AB. Impact of Whole
Systems Traditional Chinese Medicine on In Vitro Fertilization Outcomes. Reprod
Biomed Online. 2015;30(6):602-612. doi:10.1016/j.rbmo.2015.02.005
11. Khorram N, Horton S, Sahakian V, Chacon R, Khorram O. Adjuvant acupuncture reduces
first trimester pregnancy loss after IVF. Open Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
2012;02. doi:10.4236/ojog.2012.23059
Interesting to read:
12 FinnAcu. Akupunktion tietopaketti. Published 2021. Accessed September 26, 2022.
13. Rubin LH, DAOM, LAc, Medicine FA at OR, Studio PA. How Acupuncture Impacts IVF
Success Rates. FertilityIQ. https://www.fertilityiq.com/topics/acupuncture-for-
14. Tjurin-Zeiger S. Akupunktio hedelmöityshoitojen ja raskauden tukena – Dextra
Lapsettomuusklinikka. Published March 23, 2021.