One of the changes sweeping through our society this century is that women are having fewer children, later in life. That may explain why the use of IVF to assist pregnancy is growing by up to 15% a year in Australia. But experts say that science and technology has reached a plateau, and improvements in the success of these fertility treatments may only come from entirely different medical traditions – like acupuncture. Mark Horstman travels to Beijing and Adelaide to find out.
In April 2008 the ABC science programme Catalyst aired a report on acupuncture research which was carried out in Adelaide by Caroline Smith and her colleages with IVF patients. It was called “Improving the Odds of IVF” and you can watch it on this link.