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Studies Confirm: Acupuncture Improves Fertilization in IVF

Several studies have been completed to determine the effect of acupuncture on IVF (in vitro fertilization). Two such studies are summarized below. The studies demonstrate what the Chinese have been saying for years: Acupuncture has a profound effect upon the female reproductive system.


Study #1: Acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer (ET) significantly improves the reproductive outcome in infertile women: a prospective, randomized trial. In this study, Westergaard LG, et.al., set out to evaluate how the use of acupuncture effected pregnancy rates in patients treated with in vitro fertilization/intracytoplasmic sperm injection (IVF/ICSI). 273 patients were randomly assigned to one of three groups: One group had acupuncture on the day of the transfer, a second group had acupuncture on the day of the transfer and then again 2 days after the transfer, and a third control group did not receive acupuncture.


The results clearly showed that the first acupuncture group that received treatment the day of the transfer had a statistically significant higher rate of pregnancy than the control group (37 of 95 [39%] vs. 21 of 87 [26%]). Comparison of ongoing pregnancy rates also favored the acupuncture group (34 of 95 [36%] vs. 19 of 87 [22%]).


The study was published in Fertility and Sterility, Volume 85, Issue 5 , May 2006, Pages 1341-1346


Study #2: Effect of acupuncture on the outcome of in vitro fertilization and intracytoplasmic sperm injection: a randomized, prospective, controlled clinical study. In this study, a joint collaboration between researchers in Germany and China, Stefan Dieterle M.D and his colleagues set out to determine the effect of luteal phase acupuncture on the outcome of invitro fertilization/intracytoplasmic sperm injection ( IVF/ICSI). 225 infertile patients undergoing IVF/ICSI. were randomly assigned to 2 groups. One group received Traditional Chinese acupuncture and the other half received sham acupuncture.


As in the previous study, in the group that received true acupuncture, the clinical pregnancy rate and ongoing pregnancy rates (33.6% and 28.4%, respectively) were significantly higher than in sham acupuncture group (15.6% and 13.8%). -


This study was published in Fertility and Sterility, Volume 85, Issue 5 , May 2006, Pages 1347-1351