Acupuncture Increases the Pregnancy Rate for Women Undergoing IVF but Does Not Improve the Live Birth Outcome??

A research article entitled “Effects of Acupuncture versus Sham Acupuncture on Live Births among Women Undergoing In-Vitro Fertilization, A Randomized Clinical Trail” had been published in the May 2018 issue of Journal of American Medical Association, written by Prof. Caroline Smith of Australia. Dr. Jenny (CN)* attended a presentation of this research by Prof. Smith herself in August 2017 before its publication.

Prof. Caroline Smith–*Effects of Acupuncture versus Sham Acupuncture on Live Births among Women Undergoing In-Vitro Fertilization, A Randomized Clinical Trail

As expected the trial reinforced what other research into the benefits of acupuncture in IVF outcomes has found [1-4] , higher clinical pregnancy rates with the use of acupuncture in conjunction with IVF treatment (25.7% and 21.7% in this study) in contrast to the IVF success rate (20%) on its own [5]. However surprisingly, the final conclusion in this study was “findings do not support the use of acupuncture as a means to improve the rate of live births among women undergoing IVF.”

“These results raised a few questions in my mind and I disagree with this conclusion, therefore I wrote an article to raise awareness of the research methods used, and share my thoughts on ways to improve the validity and reliability of study results.”

Dr. Jenny Li (CN)**Acupuncture Increases the Pregnancy Rate for Women Undergoing IVF but Does Not Improve the Live Birth Outcome? Questionable Conclusion Based on a Large Sampled Acupuncture/ IVF Randomized Controlled Trial

*Dr. Jenny Li holds a PhD of Acupuncture in Gynaecology and Fertility from China, and is also a registered physician in China.

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