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Author (up) Andersen, D.; Lossl, K.; Nyboe Andersen, A.; Furbringer, J.; Bach, H.; Simonsen, J.; Larsen, E. C. url  openurl
  Title Acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer: a randomized controlled trial of 635 patients Type of Study RCT
  Year 2010 Publication Reproductive biomedicine online Abbreviated Journal Reprod Biomed Online  
  Volume 21 Issue 3 Pages 366-372  
  Keywords AcuTrials; Reproductive Techniques, Assisted; Embryo Transfer; RCT; Acu Versus Sham; Acupuncture; TCM Acupuncture Style; Fixed Acupuncture Protocol; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only; Sham Control; Non Penetrating Sham, Mechanical; Verum Acupoint Control  
  Abstract This prospective, randomized, controlled and double-blinded trial studied whether acupuncture in relation to embryo transfer could increase the ongoing pregnancy rates and live birth rates in women undergoing assisted reproductive therapy. A total of 635 patients undergoing IVF or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) were included. In 314 patients, embryo transfer was accompanied by acupuncture according to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine. In the control group, 321 patients received placebo acupuncture using a validated placebo needle. In the acupuncture group and the placebo group, the ongoing pregnancy rates were 27% (95% CI 22-32) and 32% (95% CI 27-37), respectively. Live birth rates were 25% (95% CI 20-30) in the acupuncture group and 30% (95% CI 25-30) in the placebo group. The differences were not statistically significant. These results suggest that acupuncture administered in relation to embryo transfer has no effect on the outcome of IVF and ICSI.  
  Address The Fertility Clinics, Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark.  
  Language Number of Treatments 2  
  Treatment Follow-up N/A Frequency >1/WK Number of Participants 635  
  Time in Treatment 1 Day Condition Embryo Transfer
  Disease Category Reproductive Techniques, Assisted OCSI Score  
  Notes Approved no  
  Call Number Serial 29  
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