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Acupuncture ‘boosts IVF chances’

Acupuncture ‘boosts IVF chances’
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Researchers studied more than 1,300 women


Acupuncture may increase the success rates of fertility treatment, according to a study.

The Dutch and US research, published in the British Medical Journal, found for every 10 IVF cycles with acupuncture, there would be one extra pregnancy.

IVF involves fertilising the egg with sperm outside the woman’s body then putting the resulting embryo back into the womb.

Some couples face repeated expensive attempts to achieve a pregnancy.

Acupuncture has been used for centuries in China to regulate female fertility, and in recent years, scientists have been looking at whether it could boost IVF chances.

Studies have bee showing benefits.

The latest research, from the VU University in Amsterdam and the University of Maryland School of Medicine, combined the results of seven trials involving 1,366 women in an attempt to provide a clearer picture of the benefits.

They found that, looking at all the research together, women who underwent acupuncture were 65% more likely to have a successful embryo transfer compared with those who underwent a “sham” version of the treatment, or no extra treatment at all.

Source BBC

Comments (2 Responses)

  1. Thanks Lynda thats very kind. Good luck Love Helen

    Posted by Normskiii in 29 January 2013
  2. in 2008 a went to see helen for fertility acupuncture after reading it was good if you were trying for a baby . we had been trying for 5 years and had ivf treatment . within 2 mths of seeing helen once a week we were pregnant !!! i never thought i would have my own baby . if anyone is trying for a baby please please ring helen , all my friends who were tryin also went to helen and they all have babies of their own . she is worth her weight in gold , am now having more treatment for baby 2

    Posted by lynda wilson in 24 January 2013

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