ACUPUNCTURE AND EMBRYO TRANSFER – published in Fertility and Sterility

The large majority of small randomised controlled trials that examined the effect of acupuncture on IVF outcomes when administered on the day of embryo transfer, found a positive effect. However some more recent large randomised controlled trials (published in other journals) have not replicated this result, concluding that acupuncture on the day of transfer does not increase live birth rates for IVF patients. The more recent reviews of trials examining more extensive use of acupuncture before and during an IVF cycle indicate a benefit, compared to those where only 2-3 treatments were administered.