AcuTrials

Effect of acupuncture on assisted reproduction treatment outcomes

Item

Title

Effect of acupuncture on assisted reproduction treatment outcomes

Journal Publication

Acupuncture in medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society

Date

2010

volume

28(4)

pages

180-184

Research Type

RCT

Keywords

Reproductive Techniques, Assisted
Insemination, Artificial
Acu Versus No Treatment
TCM Acupuncture Style
Fixed Acupuncture Protocol
Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only
No Treatment Control

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Acupuncture has recently been used as a complementary technique in the management of infertility. It has physiological and psychological effects and may be considered an alternative for stress reduction in women undergoing infertility treatments. OBJECTIVE: To examine the hypothesis that acupuncture treatment may increase the pregnancy rate in patients undergoing intracytoplasmic sperm injection cycles. METHODS: Patients enrolled in the study were stratified according to age and randomised to either a control group (n=208) or acupuncture group, (n=208). The pregnancy, implantation and abortion rates of the two groups were compared. RESULTS: No influence of acupuncture treatment on clinical outcomes was seen; however, when cycles in which the causes of infertility were exclusively tubal-uterine or idiopathic were evaluated separately, a positive influence of acupuncture on pregnancy (OR=5.15, 95% CI 1.03 to 34.5; p=0.048) was noted. Moreover, trends toward an increase in implantation were seen when acupuncture was performed (regression coefficient: 0.645; p=0.092). CONCLUSION: The results suggest that acupuncture treatment had no influence when performed immediately before and immediately after embryo transfer, on clinical outcomes overall. In a subgroup analysis, when the embryo was not affected by an ovarian or seminal influence, a benefit was noted.

Frequency of Treatment

>1/WK

Time in Treatment

1 Day

has health condition studied

Reproductive Techniques, Assisted

has study population number

416

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