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February 08, 2008

In Vitro Fertilization Success Rate Given a Boost with Acupuncture

A meta-analysis of seven research trials published in the British Medical Journal by the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the VU University Amsterdam finds a 65% increase in in vitro Fertilization compared to sham acupuncture or no treatment. All the women in the studies received acupuncture immediately before or immediately after the embryo transfer.

The acupuncture treatment is thought to affect the autonomic nervous system, which is involved in the control of muscles and glands. The treatment may make the lining of the uterus more receptive to receiving an embryo.

The researchers concluded: "Current preliminary evidence suggests that acupuncture given with embryo transfer improves rates of pregnancy and live birth among women undergoing in vitro fertilisation (IVF)."

View the British Medical Journal news release for all the details.

20080308 - Information provided by a non-profit statistics organization, has clarified that the information in this study should be better clarified. According to Stats.org, the increase in fertilization success should be about 10%, or 1 increased successful fertilization for every 10 treated with acupuncture, according to the statistic methods used. Thanks to Stats.org for taking the time to clarify this.

Posted by mpence at February 8, 2008 12:19 PM