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Transcutaneous Electrical Acupoint Stimulation Improves the Outcomes of In Vitro Fertilization

Transcutaneous Electrical Acupoint Stimulation Improves the Outcomes of In Vitro Fertilization: A Prospective, Randomized and Controlled Study.

Qu F, et al. Explore (NY). 2017 Sep - Oct.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To explore whether transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation (TEAS) can improve the outcomes of in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Use of Acupuncture before and after embryo transfer

This report describes outcomes for all patients who attended the London Bridge Fertility, Gynaecology, and Genetics Centre in London over a two-year period and who had acupuncture. In the acupuncture group, positive pregnancy rates/ET were 44.6% comparing favourably with the non-acupuncture historic control group. When they analysed outcomes in different age groups, they discovered that acupuncture intervention was particularly effective in woman in the 35-39 and the over 40 groups. 

Effect of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in embryo transfer and mechanisms: A randomized and controlled study

10 IVF patients were randomly placed in groups that received real acupuncture or a placebo or no treatment on the day of embryo transfer. The pregnancy rate was significantly higher in the group who received real acupuncture. Additionally, this trial showed that the women who received real acupuncture had fewer uterine contractions after the transfer. 

 

Effect of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in embryo transfer and mechanisms: A randomized and controlled study

Researchers in Hong Kong found no significant difference between the effects of placebo and regular acupuncture in clinical or ongoing pregnancy rates. However, on initial hCG testing, the placebo group had more positive tests. Both placebo and regular acupuncture significantly reduced vascularity of the uterus, stress hormones, and anxiety levels. These findings lead the researchers to suggest that placebo acupuncture is, in fact, not inert. Placebo acupuncture needles prick the skin at the acupuncture point but do not penetrate the skin.

Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproduction therapy

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in assisted reproduction therapy (ART) by comparing a group of patients receiving acupuncture treatment shortly before and after embryo transfer with a control group receiving no acupuncture.

DESIGN: Prospective randomized study.

SETTING: Fertility center.

Effects of acupuncture on pregnancy rates in women undergoing in vitro fertilization: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Effects of Acupuncture on LIF and IL-12 in Rats of Implantation Failure

According to the study, Acupuncture could improve the poor receptive state of endometrium by promoting LIF and IL-12 secretion to improve blastocyst implantation.

Abstract

Gui, Juan; Xiong, Fan; Li, Jing; Huang, Guangying. "Effects of Acupuncture on LIF and IL-12 in Rats of Implantation Failure." American Journal of Reproductive Immunology. Am J Reprod Immunol. 1600-0897. 2012.

 

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

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