Acupuncture and IVF

ivf_acupuncture_fertility_blog_Apr09.jpg For years some researchers have been saying acupuncture increases the chances of successful pregnancy during In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatments. However, new studies are showing there may actually not be a positive link between the two. The researchers did note though that their study may not warrant an all encompassing truth because it examined many women who did not have healthy embryos inseminated into them. Reuters article said, "...most likely explanation for the lack of an acupuncture effect in their study was the fact that they included many women who didn't have good quality embryos available for transfer. While acupuncture may help a woman become pregnant after the transfer of a healthy embryo, the researcher noted in an interview, it can't repair an embryo with chromosomal defects or other abnormalities." Acupuncture may still have positive effects on women who undergo IVF treatments with healthy embryos.

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