Acupuncture reduces stress and improves the pregnancy rates in IVF-ICSI treatments
57 infertile patients undergoing IVF or IVF/ICSI. Patients were undergoing Embryo Transfer with or without acupuncture as part of their standard clinical care. Main outcome measure(s): Perceive Stress Scale scores, pregnancy rates.
When stratified by donor recipient status, only nondonor recipients potentially had an improvement with acupuncture (35.5% without acupuncture vs. 55.6% with acupuncture). Those who received this acupuncture regimen had lower stress scores both pre-ET and post-ET compared to those who did not.
Balk, et al. (2010) The relationship between perceived stress, acupuncture, and pregnancy rates among IVF patients: A pilot study. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 16, 154–157.