Acupuncture for In Vitro Fertilization?

| October 1, 2012 | 0 Comments | 10 views
Acupuncture for In Vitro Fertilization?

Feb. 7, 2008 -- The odds of getting pregnant and having a baby through invitro fertilization (IVF) may be higher if women get acupuncture right beforeor after IVF.

That's the bottom line from a new review of seven studies on the topic.

The findings are "significant and clinically relevant" but"still somewhat preliminary," write the reviewers, who can't promiseIVF success from acupuncture.

Together, the reviewed studies included 1,366 women in four Westerncountries.

In all of the studies, some women got traditional acupuncture right beforeand/or right after receiving the IVFembryo transfer. For comparison, other women got sham acupuncture or noacupuncture.

Among women who got acupuncture and IVF, the rates of getting pregnant were65% higher and the rates of live births were nearly twice as high than amongwomen who got IVF with sham acupuncture or no acupuncture.

But keep those numbers in perspective. The reviewers estimate that 10 IVFpatients would need to be treated with acupuncture to bring about oneadditional pregnancy.

However, the reviewers note that in vitro fertilization is expensive and canbe stressful, and that serious side effects from acupuncture are rare.

The reviewers included Eric Manheimer, MS, a research associate at theCenter for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland's medicalschool.

The review appears in the "online first" edition of BMJ,formerly called the British Medical Journal.

(If you've had IVF,did you try acupuncture with it? Why or why not? Tell us about it on theTrying to Conceive: Infertility Treatment Support Group.)

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