The beneficial effect of acupuncture on fertility treatment has once again been highlighted by the results of a major scientific study.
“The research found that women undergoing IVF treatment were much more likely to have a successful pregnancy if they also had acupuncture treatment on the day of embryo transfer. Acupuncture carried out on the day of embryo transfer was found to increase the chances of having live birth from one in five to one in three. The systematic review and meta-analysis, published as part of the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, and carried out by a team from the University of Southampton, identified a total of 16 trials involving acupuncture and assisted conception, of which 13 were considered high enough quality to be included in the study. These involved a total of more than 2000 IVF patients. Analysis of the pooled results led the authors to conclude that acupuncture around the time of embryo transfer achieved a higher live birth rate of 35% compared with 22% without active acupuncture. They found no evidence of benefit when acupuncture was performed in the days after embryo transfer, nor at the time of egg retrieval.(Acupuncture and assisted conception. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2008 Oct 8;(4):CD006920). ”