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Can acupuncture help in fertility treatments?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Yes, acupuncture before and after embryo transfer has been shown to help with fertility.
At other times it serves as a good stress reduction method.

In brief: Yes

Yes, acupuncture before and after embryo transfer has been shown to help with fertility.
At other times it serves as a good stress reduction method.
Dr. Philip Chenette
Dr. Philip Chenette
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Dr. Khurram Rehman
Fertility Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Uncertain benefit

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.

In brief: Uncertain benefit

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.
Dr. Khurram Rehman
Dr. Khurram Rehman
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Dr. Gerard Honore
Fertility Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Maybe, maybe not

There has been great interest recently in acupuncture as an adjunct for fertility treatments.
The evidence I'm afraid is slim, with a few small studies showing an improvement and most showing no difference. So, the verdict is really still out but it seems likely that if acupuncture helps at all, it is probably only a very small difference.

In brief: Maybe, maybe not

There has been great interest recently in acupuncture as an adjunct for fertility treatments.
The evidence I'm afraid is slim, with a few small studies showing an improvement and most showing no difference. So, the verdict is really still out but it seems likely that if acupuncture helps at all, it is probably only a very small difference.
Dr. Gerard Honore
Dr. Gerard Honore
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: WHO category

The world health organization has categorized inferlity under "diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed".

In brief: WHO category

The world health organization has categorized inferlity under "diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed".
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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