The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), is reporting that acupuncture may improve rates of pregnancy for women...
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), is reporting that acupuncture may improve rates of pregnancy for women who have had IVF. Research completed at the University of Maryland School of Medicine's Center for Integrative Medicine looked at seven clinical trials of acupuncture in women who underwent IVF. In the trials women had better odds of becoming pregnant than if they had not experienced acupuncture. That's good news because IVF is never a sure thing, and there are some couples that this fertility treatment never works for. If acupuncture, a treatment with an extremely low rate of side effects, and bonus, is relaxing for most women to boot, can increase pregnancy odds, that's great. In this particular study, acupuncture was given within one day of embryo transfer. The study overall looked at 1366 women. While the results are currently only considered preliminary, and more research is needed to confirm the initial data, I think it's a step in the right direction. Often, fertility treatments become such a traditionally medical experience. Perhaps the additional acupuncture may not only help, but add some less stressful aspects to the experience.

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