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Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol. 2009 Jun;21(3):240-6. doi: 10.1097/GCO.0b013e3283292491.

The impact of acupuncture on assisted reproductive technology outcome.

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  • 1Reproductive Medicine Unit, Guys and St. Thomas' Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London SE1 9RT, UK. tarekeltoukhy@hotmail.com

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW:

To evaluate the impact of acupuncture on the outcome of in-vitro fertilization treatment using data from published randomized studies. The main outcome measure of interest is the clinical pregnancy rate.

RECENT FINDINGS:

Fourteen relevant trials including 2870 women were examined. Significant clinical and statistical heterogeneity were encountered among the studies. Five trials (n = 877) evaluated in-vitro fertilization outcome when acupuncture was performed around the time of oocyte retrieval and found no difference in the clinical pregnancy rate between the two groups [relative risk (RR) = 1.06, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.82-1.37, P = 0.65]. Likewise, nine trials (n = 1993) reported in-vitro fertilization outcome when acupuncture was performed around the time of embryo transfer and showed no significant difference in the clinical pregnancy rate (RR = 1.16, 95% CI 0.92-1.48, P = 0.22).

SUMMARY:

Currently available literature does not provide sufficient evidence that adjuvant acupuncture, whether performed at the time of oocyte retrieval or embryo transfer, improves in-vitro fertilization outcome. On the basis of this evidence, acupuncture should not be recommended during in-vitro fertilization to increase its success rate.

PMID:
19276803
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