The impact of acupuncture on in vitro fertilization outcome

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Title

The impact of acupuncture on in vitro fertilization outcome

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Journal Publication

Date

2008

Research Type

RCT

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To replicate previous research on the efficacy of acupuncture in increasing pregnancy rates (PR) in patients undergoing IVF and to determine whether such an increase was due to a placebo effect. DESIGN: Prospective, randomized, controlled, single blind trial. SETTING: Private, academically affiliated, infertility clinic. PATIENT(S): One hundred fifty patients scheduled to undergo embryo transfer. INTERVENTION(S): Subjects were randomized to either the acupuncture or control group. Acupuncture patients received the protocol, as first described by Paulus and his colleagues, for 25 minutes before and after embryo transfer. Control subjects laid quietly. All subjects then completed questionnaires on anxiety and optimism. The IVF staff remained blind to subject assignment. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Clinical PRs, anxiety, optimism. RESULT(S): Before randomization both groups had similar demographic characteristics including age and psychological variables. There were no significant differences in PRs between the two groups. Acupuncture patients reported significantly less anxiety post-transfer and reported feeling more optimistic about their cycle and enjoyed their sessions more than the control subjects. CONCLUSION(S): The use of acupuncture in patients undergoing IVF was not associated with an increase in PRs but they were more relaxed and more optimistic

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Frequency of Treatment

N/A

Time in Treatment

1 Day

has health condition studied

Reproductive Techniques, Assisted

has study population number

150

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