Table 39“Non-medical” adjuncts

StudyInterventionNEfficacy
Clinical Pregnancy Ongoing Pregnancy/Live Birth
Rel EffLower 95% CIUpper 95% CIRel EffLower 95% CIUpper 95% CI
Complementary/alternative medicine
Intercessory prayer
Cha and Wirth, 2001280Reference No prayer 99
Prayer1002.071.343.22---
Pre-treatment counseling
Chan et al., 2006285Reference No counseling 126
Eastern Body-Mind-Spirit counseling1011.250.612.57---
Acupuncture
Smith et al., 2006281Reference Placebo acupuncture (blunt needles) 108
Active acupuncture 110 1.24 0.80 1.90 1.38 0.86 2.23
Immediately before and after transfer
Dieterle et al., 2006282Reference Placebo acupuncture (acupuncture on points not related to fertility) 109
Active acupuncture 116 2.161.303.582.071.193.59
30 minutes before and 30 minutes after transfer
Westergaard et al., 2006283ReferenceNo acupuncture100
Acupuncture day of embryo transfer 100 - - - 1.761.112.79
Acupuncture day of transfer + 2 days later 100 - - - 1.26 0.74 2.16
Day of ET + 2 days later vs. day of ET only 0.71 (0.45, 1.10); miscarriage rate highest (33%) day of ET + 2 days later (15% and 21%)
Peri-transfer abstinence vs. intercourse
Tremellen et al., 2000284Reference Abstinence 236
Peri-transfer intercourse2421.180.81.73---

From: 3, Results

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Effectiveness of Assisted Reproductive Technology.
Evidence Reports/Technology Assessments, No. 167.
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