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Acupuncture And Ivf
No change in success: Although very popular in the last 5-6 years, a large multi-center study published in 12/2008 showed that there was no difference in success rates with ivf in couples that did acupuncture vs. Not doing acupuncture. In my experience, that is true, but the one benefit I have seen is that it definitely relaxes you prior to the procedure; and there is no "down" side. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the ...Read more
Is there medical data to substantiate the fact that acupuncture could improve the chances of success in IVF treatments?
No: There is no good data. Overall the data show no benefit. But studying acupuncture is very difficult it is nearly impossible to determine what constitutes a control group (no acupuncture, correct sites but wrong pressure, correct pressure wrong sites, etc). That being said there is no known harm and could benefit some patients. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Acupuncture trials: Clinical trials have shown strong evidence that acupuncture can decrease nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy. Studies have shown that acupuncture treatments given as an addition to ivf improve rates of increasing pregnancy. Pilot studies showing improvement in chronic sinusitis. Acupuncture has also shown improvement in function and pain as additional/adjunctive therapy in knee osteoarthritis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are there any dangers of doing acupuncture by my self after learning needle insertion and the points? What is the worst thing that could happen?
Bad idea: Popular 5-6 years ago, a large multi-center study published in 12/2008 showed there was no difference in success rates with ivf in couples that did acupuncture vs. Not doing acupuncture. In my experience, that is true, but the one benefit I have seen is that it definitely relaxes you prior to the procedure. Needs to be done by an experienced person. If done wrong, shown to decrease success rates. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Uncertain if helps: Acupuncture for fertility is not supported by great evidence. One study performed in seattle had lower pregnancy rates in acupuncture group doing ivf compared to no acupuncture group http://bbc.In/hq1my7. Hard to do controlled trials: what's the placebo (fake treatment) group - needles in 'wrong places' or needles that retract? (still get acupressure not acupuncture). Chinese herbs not recommended. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Accupunture for fertility? Does it work? Ttc for 8 months, what is the cost of acupuncture and what type of clinic provides it?
Helpful for some...: First, the average time to conceive is 6 months so nearly half of people take 8 months or longer; no need for concern unless over a year. Acupuncture is proven to increase success of ivf; not yet proven for other fertility issues but likely to help many. Costs vary but generally much less than seeing a medical doctor. Also try rhodiola, a herb proven to improve fertility. See comment:. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Research has proven acupuncture to be surprisingly effective in treating infertility. It may be helpful on its own but can also be a very useful adjunct to conventional treatments, for example significantly increasing the success rate of ivf. Acupuncture is extremely safe- I have never seen it cause any negative effects. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
In vitro fertilization is an assisted reproductive technology. Ivf is a procedure used to treat fertility problems and assist with the conception of a child. During ivf mature eggs are retrieved from the ovaries and fertilized by sperm in a lab. A few days later, the fertilized egg (embryo) or eggs are implanted into the uterus. One cycle of in vitro fertilization ...Read more
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