ACUPUNCTURE, STRESS AND FERTILITY; Auricular Acupressure Reduces Anxiety Levels and Improves Outcomes of in Vitro Fertilization

sr_nature-228x300Fan Qu et al, Sci Rep Nature, (2014), 4, Article number: 5028

Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing

300 women who were doing IVF due to blocked tubes, were randomised into groups that received stimulation to auricular acupuncture points (small seeds were taped onto 3 points related to nervous system or ovary and uterus function) or to sham points or no treatment. The women in the active treatment group had a markedly higher pregnancy rate than did those in the sham or control groups. Additionally they reported less stress and anxiety.

 

 

 

 

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Perceptions among infertile couples of lifestyle behaviors and in vitro fertilization (IVF) success

Hawkins LK et al, J Assist Repro Genet (2014) 31: 255-260.
Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics

 

Acupuncture was one of several factors investigated in the surveys that 200 IVF patients in the USA completed recently.
63% of them considered that acupuncture was helpful for women having IVF.

 

 

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