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IVF an Acupunture Research

IVF FERTILITY RESEARCH

  • Acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer significantly improves the reproductive outcome in infertile women: a prospective, randomized trial:: Westergaard LG, et.al. Fertility and Sterility 2006 Apr 4; [Epub ahead of print]
    • This is the most recent study once again demonstrating that acupuncture increases ongoing pregnancies by over 60% when compared to control subjects.
  • Effect of acupuncture on the outcome of in vitro fertilization and intracytoplasmic sperm injection: a randomized, prospective, controlled clinical study.: Dieterle S, et.al. Fertility and Sterility 2006 Apr 7; [Epub ahead of print]
    • This study examined 225 IVF/ICSI patients. The group that received true acupuncture showed improvements in ongoing pregnancies of 106% compared to subjects that received a sham acupuncture treatment.
  • Influence of acupuncture stimulation on pregnancy rates for women undergoing embryo transfer: Smith C, et.al. Fertility and Sterility 2006 Apr 4; [Epub ahead of print]
    • This study examined 228 IVF patients. The group that received true acupuncture showed improvements in ongoing pregnancies of over 50% compared to subjects that received a sham acupuncture treatment. This is very clinically significant, though it did not rise to the level of statistical significance.
  • Positive effects of acupuncture in ART are not mediated by changes in ovarian and endometrial production of estradiol, progesterone, and placental protein 14: Westergaard LG, et.al. Fertility and Sterility 2006 Apr 4; [Epub ahead of print]
    • This is a discussion of the use of acupuncture in IVF relative to the authors’ most recent study. Though they are not exactly sure how it is working, the authors state: “The present data corroborate previous studies demonstrating a significant beneficial effect of acupuncture in IVF” .
  • Influence of Acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproduction therapy: Paulus, et.al. Fertility and Sterility Vol: 77, No. 4, APRIL 2002
    • This landmark study demonstrated that women undergoing acupuncture treatments with a specific acupoint protocol had an increase in ongoing pregnancy rates of over 60%, compared to control subjects that did not receive acupuncture.
  • A Randomized, Double-Blind, Controlled Cross-Over Study Evaluating Acupuncture as an Adjunct to In-Vitro Fertilization: Quintero et.al. Fertility and Sterility Vol: 81, Supplement 3, April, 2004
    • This pilot study examined prior IVF failures where researchers used a completely different acupuncture protocol. Among the outcomes of the study researchers found a 180% increase in implantation rates, a 60% increase in ongoing pregnancies, and a significant reduction in the amount of gonadotrophins used.
  • Acupuncture & IVF poor responders: a cure?: Magarelli et.al. Fertility and Sterility Vol: 81, Supplement 3, April, 2004
    • This study found a 39% increase in IVF pregnancy rates with a modified protocol. This study examined both poor responders and good responders. Poor responders that received acupuncture had the same pregnancy rates as normal prognosis patients. In this study, poor responders were defined as those with elevated Peak FSH, longer history of infertility or poor sperm morphology. When poor responders were excluded, the increase in pregnancies went up to 42%. The acupuncture group had significantly lower miscarriages, no ectopic pregnancies and significantly greater live births than the non-acupuncture group.
  • A matched controlled study to evaluate the efficacy of acupuncture for improving pregnancy rates following in-vitro fertilization – embryo transfer. Wang et al. Fertility and Sterility Vol: 83, issue 5, Supplement, May 2005
    • This study further demonstrates the importance of proper acupoint selection and proper administration of acupuncture protocols.

 

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