Acupuncture given during IVF halves the miscarriage rate Women who receive acupuncture during the stimulation phase of an in vitro fertilization cycle and again immediately after embryo transfer have a higher live-birth rate than do controls, according to the first acupuncture study with this end point. The miscarriage rate was almost halved in the acupuncture group (8% vs. 14%). Reference Magarelli, et al. (2005) 12th World Congress on Human Reproduction, Venice Italy. OB/Gyn News.