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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:

  1. 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%.

  2. The efficacy of acupuncture is still unclear and confounded by the need for an adequate, inert control.

  3. Acupuncture was more effective for increasing live births: 􏰀 In patients with previously failed cycles 􏰀 Clinics with a baseline pregnancy rate <32%.

  4. 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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