New study which was conducted in Australia and New Zealand says using IVF to increase chance is just waste of time

A new landmark Australian study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), found no difference in birth rates in women who had regular acupuncture, compared to those who did not. This study Headed by Professor Caroline Smith of Western Sydney University.

The study involving hundreds of women across 16 IVF centres in Australia and New Zealand sought to rigorously test the findings of earlier research that reported a 65 per cent increase in conception and birth rates with IVF.

It found no significant benefit from IVF when it compared a short course of acupuncture and sessions using dummy needles placed away from “true” acupuncture points.

Professor Caroline Smith said acupuncture might help to improve relaxation and reduce stress for women undergoing IVF treatment.

In the trial of more than 800 women, half received real acupuncture, whilst the rest of the participants received what is called “sham” acupuncture, in which non-invasive needles are placed away from acupuncture points.

The authors said the benefits seen in previous studies had come when comparing those who had acupuncture with those who had not, was likely down to the placebo effect of relaxing sessions, during the often stressful process of fertility treatment.

The researchers from Western Sydney University recruited 824 women aged 18 to 42 – average age of 35 – who were receiving IVF treatment. Dividing them into two groups, they performed real acupuncture on some of them and faked it on others.

Each woman received a treatment around the time of ovarian stimulation and on the day of the embryo transfer, though acupuncture practitioners would call for patients to have more sessions.

The researchers found “no significant difference in live birth rates”, between both groups, who had it administered at the time of ovarian stimulation and embryo transfer.


News Resource –, May 16, 2018

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