Background: Little information exists regarding the use of acupuncture in combination with allopathic treatment of infertility.
Objective: To describe the use of acupuncture to stimulate follicle development in women undergoing in vitro fertilization.
Design, Setting, and Patients: Prospective case series of 6 women receiving intracytoplasmic sperm injection and acupuncture along with agents for ovarian stimulation.
Main Outcome: Measures Number of follicles retrieved, conception, and pregnancy past the 1st trimester before and after acupuncture treatment.
Results: No pregnancies occurred in the non-acupuncture cycles. Three women produced more follicles with acupuncture treatment (mean, 11.3 vs 3.9 prior to acupuncture; P=.005). All 3 women conceived, but only 1 pregnancy lasted past the 1st trimester.
Conclusion: Acupuncture may be a useful adjunct to gonadotropin therapy to produce follicles in women undergoing in vitro fertilization.