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Acupuncture for Infertility: Acupuncture Increases the Success of In-Vitro Fertilization
By Lynda Harvey, OMD, LAc & Brian B. Carter, MSci, LAc

It's frustrating that there have been limited treatment options. In-vitro fertilization (IVF) is costly, uncomfortable, and doesn't always work. Those who've already tried it four or five times understand. But now you can increase your chances of IVF success with fertility acupuncture.

Results of a New Study on Acupuncture and IVF

Until recently, women have had no proven method to improve their odds with each IVF attempt.

New hope has been provided by the encouraging results of a well-designed, German study on acupuncture-assisted in vitro fertility.

The 160 participants were divided into two groups, each receiving a standard in-vitro procedure (IVF). One of the groups, however, received acupuncture before and after implantation. The standard in-vitro group had a 26.3% pregnancy rate, while the acupuncture group showed a 42.5% success rate.

Fertility Success Rates - In-Vitro Fertilization
(IVF) Only - 26.3%
Fertility Acupuncture protocol plus IVF - 42.5%

Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproduction therapy.
Paulus WE, Zhang M, Strehler E, El-Danasouri I, Sterzik K. Department of Reproductive Medicine, Christian-Lauritzen-Institut, Ulm, Germany.

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in assisted reproduction therapy (ART) by comparing a group of patients receiving acupuncture treatment shortly before and after embryo transfer with a control group receiving no acupuncture. DESIGN: Prospective randomized study.

SETTING: Fertility center.

PATIENT(S): After giving informed consent, 160 patients who were undergoing ART and who had good quality embryos were divided into the following two groups through random selection: embryo transfer with acupuncture (n = 80) and embryo transfer without acupuncture (n = 80).

INTERVENTION(S): Acupuncture was performed in 80 patients 25 minutes before and after embryo transfer. In the control group, embryos were transferred without any supportive therapy.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Clinical pregnancy was defined as the presence of a fetal sac during an ultrasound examination 6 weeks after embryo transfer. RESULT(S): Clinical pregnancies were documented in 34 of 80 patients (42.5%) in the acup

Publication Types:
- Clinical Trial
- Randomized Controlled Trial

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