Effect of acupuncture on the outcome of in vitro fertilization and intracytoplasmic sperm injection: a randomized, prospective, controlled clinical study

Dieterle S et al, Fertil Steril 2006 Vol 85, pg 1347-1351
Fertility and Sterility



Objective: To determine the effect of luteal-phase acupuncture on the outcome of IVF / intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).

Design: Randomized, prospective, controlled clinical study.

Setting: University IVF center.

Patients: Two hundred twenty-five infertile patients undergoing IVF/ICSI.

Interventions: In group I, 116 patients received luteal-phase acupuncture according to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine. In group II, 109 patients received placebo acupuncture.

Main Outcome Measures: Clinical and ongoing pregnancy rates.

Results: In group I, the clinical pregnancy rate and ongoing pregnancy rate (33.6% and 28.4%, respectively) were significantly higher than in group II (15.6% and 13.8%).

Conclusions: Luteal-phase acupuncture has a positive effect on the outcome of IVF/ICSI.