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 attended a presentation of this research by Prof. Smith herself in August 2017 before its publication.
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 . 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—*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
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Baby Khadija was born on 18/05/2018, from a natural birth!
What her mum said on 22/11/2017:
We been trying to have baby for 5 years and went for IVF program in December 2016. Jenny has been taking care of my health and making sure my body is ready to accept the embryo.
I had a long treatment with Jenny before my IVF. Doctor found I had a hyperthyroid and therefore I had to put it under control otherwise it can cause miscarriage. So I went to Jenny for acupuncture, to re balance my hormones. It took me less than a year to bring my thyroid level back to normal. The specialist was surprise I had a speedy recovery. I’m sure Jenny’s acupuncture play a big roles in balancing my hormones level.
Both of my fallopian tubes was blocked. Through laparoscopy, the gynocologist had to drained and clipped it, so the toxic water won’t go to the uterus and kill / flush out the embryo. It will increase the chances of successful IVF by clipping it, but it means I have no chance of natural pregnancy.
My first embryo transfer was not successful. However, it was shown that the hormones level was increase significantly after I had treatments with Jenny.
Second embryo from the same cycle is transferred and I’m now 9 weeks pregnant. Jenny did acupuncture couple of times before the embryo transfer, on the day of the embryo transfer, then continuously doing acupuncture once a week up to week 12.
Too many factors involve in the IVF process, no one can really tell you why it is not successful. But I would strongly recommend you to go and see Jenny for acupuncture treatment, because your body will be re balance and it will definitely boost up the success chance of IVF. Not only a brilliant and knowledgeable acupuncturist Jenny is, she is the loveliest and most caring person, that you can be assure of you are in the best hand!
Ms. A.H has confirmed her pregnancy by the first blood test! At the age of 46!!
The second and third HCG tests both indicate strong and stable attachment!
The baby heart beat was caught by scan on 07/03/2018! She made the history of our practice for being the eldest patient with success of acupuncture fertility!!
Congratulations to Ms. A.H and family!