Increase of success rate for women undergoing embryo transfer by transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation

"Increase of Success Rate for Women Undergoing Embryo Transfer by Transcutaneous Electrical Acupoint Stimulation: a Prospective Randomized Placebo-Controlled Study"

Transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation, especially double TEAS, significantly improved the clinical outcome of ET.

*Neuroscience Research Institute and Department of Neurobiology, Peking University Health Science Center, Key Laboratory of Neuroscience, The Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Public Health, Beijing, People's Republic of China

**Correspondence: Ji-Sheng Han, M.D., Neuroscience Research Institute, Peking University, 38 Xueyuan Road, Beijing 100191, PR China.

Objective

To evaluate the effect of transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation (TEAS) on pregnancy rates (PR) in women undergoing ET.

Design

Prospective, randomized, single-blinded placebo-controlled clinical trial.

 

Setting

Research and laboratory facilities.

 

Patient(s)

A total of 309 patients, less than 45 years old, undergoing cryopreservation embryos transplant or fresh cycle IVF with or without intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).

Intervention(s)

The subjects were randomly allocated to three groups: mock TEAS treatment: 30 minutes after ET (group I, n = 99); single TEAS treatment: 30 minutes after ET (group II, n = 110); and double TEAS treatments: 24 hours before ET and 30 minutes after ET (group III, n = 100).

 

Main Outcome Measure(s)

Clinical PR, embryos implantation rate, live birth rate.

Result(s)

The clinical PR, embryos implantation rate, and live birth rate of group I (29.3%, 15.0%, and 21.2%, respectively) were significantly lower than those in group II (42.7%, 25.7%, and 37.3%, respectively) and group III (50.0%, 25.9%, and 42.0%, respectively).

Conclusion(s)

Transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation, especially double TEAS, significantly improved the clinical outcome of ET.

Fertility and Sterility
Volume 96, Issue 4 , Pages 912-916, October 2011

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Increase of success rate for women undergoing embryo transfer by transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation
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Neuroscience Research Institute and Department of Neurobiology, Peking University Health Science Center, Key Laboratory of Neuroscience, The Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Public Health, Beijing, People's Republic of China
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October 2011
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Fertility and Sterility Volume 96, Issue 4 , Pages 912-916
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