Acupuncture Female Fertility Research

INFLUENCE OF ACUPUNCTURE ON THE PREGNANCY RATE IN PATIENTS WHO UNDERGO ASSISTED REPRODUCTION THERAPY

Fertility & Sterility, Paulus W et al, 2002 Vol 77, pg 721-724
RESULT(S): Clinical pregnancies were documented in 34 of 80 patients (42.5%) in the acupuncture group, whereas pregnancy rate was only 26.3% (21 out of 80 patients) in the control group. CONCLUSION(S): Acupuncture seems to be a useful tool for improving pregnancy rate after ART in women with infertility.

USE OF ACUPUNCTURE BEFORE AND AFTER EMBRYO TRANSFER

Human Fertility, Dalton-Brewer N et al, 2010 Vol 12 No 4 212 – 255
RESULT(S): Overall, positive pregnancy rates/ET were 44.6% comparing favorably with the non-acupuncture historic control group. When analysed by maternal age at time of treatment, biochemical pregnancy results for acupuncture treated women were as follows: 35 years−52%; 35–39 years – 45%; 40–45 years – 35%. Results for women aged 35–39 years and those over 40 years were markedly better than controls suggesting that acupuncture intervention of this type may be more effective in older women. No side effects or complications were experienced by women receiving acupuncture. Acupuncture is a safe, adjunct therapy in IVF and in other randomized clinical trials has been shown to significantly improve outcomes when used at the IVF centre before and after embryo transfer. Our preliminary data are encouraging and suggest that a trial involving older women may be effective.

EFFECTS OF ACUPUNCTURE ON PREGNANCY RATES IN WOMEN UNDERGOING IN VITRO FERTILIZATION: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW AND META-ANALYSIS

Fertility & Sterility, Cui Hong Zheng, M.D.; Ph.D.a, Guang Ying Huang, M.D., Ph.D.a; Ming Min Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.b; Wei Wang, M.D., Ph.D.c.; 1-11-2012
CONCLUSION(S): Acupuncture improves clinical pregnancy rate and live birth rate among women undergoing IVF based on the results of studies that do not include the Streitberger control. The Streitberger control may not be an inactive control. More positive effects from using acupuncture in IVF can be expected if an appropriate control and more reasonable acupuncture programs are used.

CHANGES IN SERUM CORTISOL AND PROLACTIN ASSOCIATED WITH ACUPUNCTURE DURING IVF

Fertility & Sterility, P Magarelli, D Cridennda, M Cohen; 2009
CONCLUSION(S): The researchers found that the women who had acupuncture showed beneficial changes in serum levels of stress hormones compared to the control group of women who did not have acupuncture. This may have implications for both egg quality and implantation. In addition the pregnancy and live birth rate was significantly higher in the acupuncture group.

REDUCTION OF BLOOD FLOW IMPEDANCE IN THE UTERINE ARTERIES OF INFERTILE WOMEN WITH ELECTRO-ACUPUNCTURE

Stener-Victorin E, et al; Human Reproduction, 1996
RESULT(S): Previous studies have shown that reduced blood flow in the uterine arteries is associated with a decreased pregnancy rate following IVF-embryo transfer. This study reported in Human Reproduction (the official journal of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology) shows that after 8 acupuncture treatments blood flow to the uterus was markedly increased. Research carried out by one group of IVF clinics in California has shown that using this protocol to increase blood flow to the uterus, combined with acupuncture on the day of transfer has resulted in a significant improvement in pregnancy rates.
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