About the Study
- Needle acupuncture
- Sham acupuncture (A simulated procedure so the patient believes she is receiving a treatment. This helps eliminate the possibility of a placebo effect)
- No acupuncture.
- In an analysis of 1,366 women, pregnancy was achieved in 32% of those who had acupuncture and 26.7% of those without.
- In an analysis of 690 women, pregnancies continued beyond 12 weeks in 30% of those who had acupuncture and 18.9% of those without.
- Finally, in analysis of 226 women, live births occurred in 30.6% of those who had acupuncture and 19% of those without.
How Does This Affect You?
American Academy of Medical Acupuncture http://www.medicalacupuncture.org/
American Pregnancy Association http://www.americanpregnancy.org/index.htm
The Infertility Awareness Association of Canada http://www.iaac.ca/
Women's Health Matters http://www.womenshealthmatters.ca/
In Vitro Fertilization. American Pregnancy Association. Available at: http://www.americanpregnancy.org/index.htm . Accessed on April 2, 2008.
Manheimer, E., Zhang, G., Udoff, L., et al. Effects of acupuncture on rates of pregnancy and live birth among women undergoing in vitro fertilization: systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ . 2008;336:545. http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/336/7643/545 . Accessed: April 3, 2008.
- Reviewer: Larissa J. Lucas, MD
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