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Acupuncture decreases the chances of in vitro fertilization

Acupuncture decreases the chances of in vitro fertilization



Acupuncture appears to diminish the chances of IVF, according to BBC Health.
About acupuncture, it was thought that it could have a beneficial impact on the nervous system, helping to position the uterus to be more receptive to embryonic implant acceptance.
Previous research supported this idea when IVF treatment, combined with techno therapy, doubled the number of pregnancies.
But, the latest studies conducted by the University of Oklahoma, found that IVF combined with acupuncture led to a considerable decrease in the number of registered pregnancies.
The results of the study showed that women who underwent acupuncture treatment were up to 37% less likely to become pregnant than those who did not.
The study was conducted on a batch of 97 women, which were divided into 2 groups. The women who were part of the first group attended acupuncture sessions for 25 minutes, before and after the embryo was implanted.
The pregnancy rate in the second group, which did not attend acupuncture sessions, was 69.9%, while in the first group, there was a lower pregnancy rate of only 43.8%.
The results of the study suggest that women undergoing fertility treatment should not resort to acupuncture. The researchers add, however, that because their study contradicts the results of other previously conducted studies, further studies are needed.
Gabriela Hotareanu
Editor
October 18, 2007