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Acupuncture Increases Pregnancy rate In IVF

The purpose of this study was to determine if there are benefits of standard acupuncture compared to sham acupuncture as an adjunct to IVF. A randomized, controlled, double-blind, crossover pilot trial was performed using a needle-like device (sham acupuncture) as a control.

Approval from GAMC’s Investigational Review Board was acquired. Inclusion criteria were women aged 18 to 42 years with a history of failed IVF cycle(s); day 3 FSH 20 IU/ml; the presence of both ovaries; and a normal uterine cavity.

Exclusion criteria was Kruger morphology 4%. Seventeen subjects were enrolled and seven subjects completed both arms of the study. The mean age was 36.2 years (range 28–41 years).

The mean Day 3 FSH6.8 IU (range 3–13 IU). There were four ongoing pregnancies after the first cycle, equally distributed.

Our study shows a significantly lower amount of gonadotropins used when IVF is combined with standard acupuncture.

A 70% pregnancy rate was also achieved with standard acupuncture and IVF, compared to 25%. Larger prospective trials are necessary.

References

Quintero et al. (2004) A Randomized, Controlled, Double-Blind, Cross-Over Study Evaluating Acupuncture as an Adjunct to IVF. Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC) and the Eastern Center for Complementary Medicine. Fertility & Sterility; Vol. 81, Suppl. 3.

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