The use of acupuncture has been shown to reduce the pain experienced post IVF – egg retrieval, see the research below.
“In this study, 286 women were randomly assigned to receive either electroacupuncture plus para-cervical block or alfentanil (a powerful analgesic) plus para-cervical block during oocyte aspiration (egg retrieval).
Both interventions induced adequate analgesia, however the electroacupuncture group reported significantly less abdominal pain, other pain, nausea and stress than the medication group, and required significantly less additional analgesic medication. (Hum Reprod 2003; 18: 1454-60). ”
(http://www.jcm.co.uk/research-archive/article/acupuncture-increases-ivf-success-242/ viewed 10.10.11 )