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Fertil Steril. 2010 May 1;93(7):2169-74. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2010.02.054. Epub 2010 Mar 24.

The use of complementary and alternative fertility treatment in couples seeking fertility care: data from a prospective cohort in the United States.

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Department of Urology, University of California, San Francisco, California 94143-1695, USA. smithjf@urology.ucsf.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use among couples seeking fertility care and to identify the predictors of CAM use in this population.

DESIGN:

Prospective cohort study.

SETTING:

Eight community and academic infertility practices.

PATIENT(S):

A total of 428 couples presenting for an infertility evaluation.

INTERVENTION(S):

Interviews and questionnaires.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S):

Prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine therapy.

RESULT(S):

After 18 months of observation, 29% of the couples had utilized a CAM modality for treatment of infertility; 22% had tried acupuncture, 17% herbal therapy, 5% a form of body work, and 1% meditation. An annual household income of > or = $200,000 (odds ratio 2.8, relative to couples earning <$100,000), not achieving a pregnancy (odds ratio 2.3), and a positive attitude toward CAM use at baseline were independently associated with CAM use.

CONCLUSION(S):

A substantial minority of infertile couples use CAM treatments. CAM was chosen most commonly by wealthier couples, those not achieving a pregnancy, and those with a baseline belief in the effectiveness of CAM treatments.

PMID:
20338559
PMCID:
PMC2860047
DOI:
10.1016/j.fertnstert.2010.02.054
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