Acupuncture in connection with in vitro fertilisation

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese treatment, which may have a beneficial effect on the chance of becoming pregnant with fertility treatment. 

We offer acupuncture in connection with embryo transfer. Several of the anaesthetist nurses working at Trianglen are diplomatrained acupuncturists.

A number of studies have been conducted in order to evaluate the effect of acupuncture in connection with in vitro fertilisation. One study was performed at Trianglen to determine the effect of acupuncture around the time of embryo transfer. The results showed an increased pregnancy chance in the women who got acu- puncture just before and just after embryo transfer. The results were published in Fertility and Sterility (Westergaard LG et al., Fertility and Sterility 85:1341-46, 2006). 

There is an ongoing scientific debate about whether or how much acupuncture may improve the success rate with fertility treatment. 

The Cochrane Library is an independent international organisation that evaluates scientific evidence for a number of treatments. In Cochrane’s analysis of the effect of acupuncture in connection with IVF the conclusion is: 

The data from this meta-analysis suggests that acupuncture does increase the live birth rate with in vi- tro fertilisation (IVF) treatment when performed around the time of embryo transfer. However, this could be attributed to placebo effect and the small number of trials included in the review. Larger studies are necessary to confirm the results. 

We offer acupuncture in connection with the embryo transfer for those who would like it. 

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If you want to understand more about acupuncture and IVF please call us or book a consultation.