Header Image

Enhancing Fertity with Oriental Medicine

Home arrow Acupuncture and A.R.T. arrow Article - Fertility and Sterility

Article - Fertility and Sterility

The May 2006 issue of the medical journal Fertility and Sterility presents several new studies that confirm the efficacy of acupuncture as an aid to IVF. Here are the study results:

Study #1: Acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer (ET) significantly improves the reproductive outcome in infertile women: a prospective, randomized trial.

In this study, Westergaard LG, et.al., set out to evaluate how the use of acupuncture affected pregnancy rates in patients treated with IVF/intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). 273 patients were randomly assigned to one of three groups: One group had acupuncture on the day of transfer, a second group had acupuncture on the day of transfer and then again 2 days after the transfer, and a third group did not receive acupuncture.
The results clearly showed that the first acupuncture group that received treatment the day of the transfer had a statistically significant higher rate of pregnancy than the control group (37 of 95 (39%) vs. 21 of 87 (22%)). Their was no noted improvement on the reproductive outcome by adding acupuncture treatment 2 days after ET.

Source: Fertility and Sterility Volume 85, Issue 5, May 2006, Pages 1341 – 1346.

Study #2: Effect of acupuncture on the outcome of in vitro fertilization and intracytoplasmic sperm injection: a randomized, prospective, controlled climincal study.

In this study, a joint collaboration between researchers in Germany and China, Stefan Dieterle, MD, and his colleagues set out to determine the effect of luteal phase acupuncture on the outcome of IVF/ICSI.

225 IVF/ICSI infertile patients were randomly assigned to 2 groups. One group received Traditional Chinese acupuncture and the other half received sham acupuncture. As in the previous study, in the group that received acupuncture, the clinical pregnancy rate and ongoing pregnancy rates (33.6% and 28.4%, respectively) were significantly higher than in the sham acupuncture group (15.6% and 13.8%).

Source: Fertility and Sterility Volume 85, Issue 5, May 2006, Pages 1347 – 1351.

Study #3: Influence of acupuncture stimulation on pregnancy rates for women undergoing embryo transfer.

This study from Australia, lead by Caroline Smith Ph.D., examined 228 women and again compared a true acupuncture to a placebo group. The design of this study was to treat the women three separate times: the first session on day 9 of stimulating injections, the second session before ET, and the third session immediately following ET. They reported the results as follows:

The pregnancy rate was 31% in the acupuncture group and 23% in the control group. For those subjects receiving acupuncture, the odds of achieving a pregnancy were 1.5 higher than for the control group, but the difference did not reach statistical significance. The ongoing pregnancy rate at 18 weeks was higher in the treatment group (28% vs. 18%), but the difference was not statistically significant.

They did conclude that acupuncture was safe for women undergoing embryo transfer.

Source: Fertility and Sterility Volume 85, Issue 5, May 2006, Pages 1352 - 1358.

 

Footer