Acupuncture may increase chances of success in IVF

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by tansy, Feb 9, 2008.

  1. tansy

    tansy New Member

    By Jeremy Laurance, Health Editor
    Friday, 8 February 2008

    Women undergoing IVF were 65 per cent more likely to become pregnant when they combined the procedure with the ancient complementary technique using needles, a study has shown.

    The remarkable success rate occurred across seven acupuncture trials involving 1,366 women.

    Acupuncture was delivered either just before or just after embryo transfer – the moment when the embryo fertilised in the laboratory must attach itself to the wall of the womb to establish a pregnancy.

    The research was carried out by scientists from the University of Maryland in America and the VU University Amsterdam in Holland. They claim that because acupuncture costs only about £50 per session compared to £4,000 to £6,000 per cycle for IVF it would be cost effective to introduce it alongside IVF.

    It is thought that acupuncture stimulates the neurotransmitters that trigger the production of gonadotrophin-releasing hormone, which controls the menstrual cycle and a woman's ovulation.

    Acupuncture is also thought to stimulate blood flow to the uterus and boost the production of endogenous opioids, inducing the body to relax.

    Acupuncture has been used in China for centuries to regulate fertility. It has also been shown to be an effective treatment for chronic pain.

    The new study is published on the British Medical Journal's website.
  2. Lichu3

    Lichu3 New Member

    Posted the same article (but written by AOL news services) last night. Under "A little OT......"

    The research was funded by the NIH. It is a good thing to see researchers investigate all options rather than dimissing them off hand.

    (As a side note, the NIH spent $40 million on infertility research in 2006 (latest figures) vs. $7-8 million for CFS. Very sad.)
  3. tansy

    tansy New Member

    hi lichu

    sorry did not see your post. i too found it reassuring to see the nih funded this study; it makes a pleasant change.

    there are often heated debates in the uk over state funded ivf; anything that increases it's efficacy and reduces costs should satisfy all the critics.

    whilst i understand why ivf is an emotional issue the difference in levels of research funding is immoral. all the state funding in the uk goes to the psychobabblers; the decision makers seem to think that's ok.:-(

    tc, tansy
    [This Message was Edited on 02/10/2008]
  4. These days many couples are taking benefit of IVF treatment that gives them a chance to have their own child. The success rate of IVF process is increasing day by day with the invention of new equipments like embryoscope available on ilexmedical ltd group that can easily identify the highly fertilized embryo in womb. Yes several studies shows that therapies like acupuncture eventually raise the chances of success in IVF.