- Acupuncture does not aid in the success of in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Why this matters
- Complementary therapies, including acupuncture, are often used by women undergoing assisted reproductive technologies.
- Women should be counseled that there is not much evidence suggesting a benefit from acupuncture to treat infertility.
- Number of live births was not different between groups.
- There were more clinical pregnancies in the acupuncture group compared with the sham control group (relative risk, 1.19; 95% CI, 0.93-1.52).
- Randomized clinical study of cohort recruited from IVF centers in Australia and New Zealand.
- Women were randomly assigned into 2 groups: standardized IVF plus acupuncture (n=424) vs standardized IVF plus sham control (n=424).
- Primary outcome was live birth.
- Funding: Study funded by project grant APP 1003661 from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. Acupuncture needles were donated by Helio Supply Co.
- Planned sample size not achieved.
- Short length of treatment.