Can IVF acupuncture improve live birth rates, aka take home babies?
Despite 20 years of vigorous IVF research, we still are trying to find an answer. When you browse our blog you will read many IVF studies where the acupuncture group had higher numbers of pregnancies or live births. But there are a few studies that show no effect on pregnancy rates. However, they often have other benefits, like improved embryo quality or better blood flow in the uterus or reduced stress. All in all, IVF acupuncture evidence may seem a bit hard to draw clear conclusions. This is partially due to the variety of protocols used – not all reproductive acupuncture is effective.
If you think that fertility acupuncture evidence is a bit confusing, here is a perfect study to clear things up.
Our ABORM colleague, Dr Lee Hullender Rubin published an article dissecting the current evidence in December 2019. She took two latest and most rigorous systematic reviews and meta-analyses; picked them apart and came up with a pretty neat overview.
Here it is, a summary on how this time-tested therapy can help during your next IVF, according to data of 1980 women.