Point of Influence: What is the Role of Acupuncture in In Vitro Fertilization Outcomes?
Lee E. Hullender Rubin, DAOM, MS, LAc, FABORM
In this study the findings are summarised as:
Acupuncture, compared to no treatment, is effective for increasing: Clinical pregnancy rate by 28%–32%, Ongoing pregnancy rate by 42%, Live birth rate by 30%.
The efficacy of acupuncture is still unclear and confounded by the need for an adequate, inert control.
Acupuncture was more effective for increasing live births: In patients with previously failed cycles Clinics with a baseline pregnancy rate <32%.
Characteristics more-favorable for improving outcomes were:
More acupuncture treatments,
Acupuncture treatment focused before and on the dayof embryo transfer
Using a modified Paulus protocol on the day of embryo transfer.
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