Acupuncture offers no benefit for IVF

  • JAMA Intern Med

  • curated by Elisabeth Aron, MD, MPH, FACOG
  • Clinical Essentials
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Takeaway

  • 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.

Key results

  • 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).

Study design

  • 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.

Limitations

  • Planned sample size not achieved.
  • Short length of treatment.

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