Can IVF acupuncture improve live birth rates, aka take home babies?
Despite 20 years of vigorous IVF research, further studies are coming in. When you browse our website you will find IVF studies showing acupuncture group had higher numbers of pregnancies or live births. There are also studies that show no effect on pregnancy rates showing other benefits, like improved embryo quality or better blood flow in the uterus or reduced stress. Sometimes it may seem like it is bit hard to draw clear conclusions on IVF acupuncture. This is partly due to study methodology and partially due to the variety of protocols used – not all reproductive acupuncture is effective.
If you think that fertility acupuncture evidence is somewhat confusing, here is a study to clear things up.
Our ABORM colleague, Dr Lee Hullender Rubin dissected the current evidence in her recent study. She analysed the two latest and most rigorous systematic reviews and meta-analyses resulting in an insightful overview.
Here it is, a summary on how this time-tested therapy can help during your next IVF, based on data from 1980 women.