Acupuncture does not help to get pregnant: a new study
Women who use acupuncture to increase the chances of getting pregnant with IVF are wasting time and money. To such conclusions the Australian scientists came as a result of a new study.
Professor Caroline Smith, who oversaw the study of the impact of acupuncture on women’s fertility, reported that the results did not confirm the effectiveness of this method. The statement that acupuncture helps to increase blood flow to the tissues of the uterus and ovaries, increasing the woman’s ability to become pregnant, has been refuted.
However, Caroline Smith noted that acupuncture helps relieve tension and it is better to relax the patients undergoing IVF course.
The study was conducted in 16 centers of artificial insemination in Australia and New Zealand. 800 women took part in it, half of whom received real acupuncture, and the other half – fictitious.
Among patients who used acupuncture, only 18.3% were able to conceive in comparison with 17.8% of those who became pregnant in the other group.
President of the Australian Society of Traditional Medicine Peter Berryman said that the last study was the only evidence of inefficiency of acupuncture, the previous ones showed the advantages of acupuncture for IVF.
Although in the matter of increasing the chance of getting pregnant acupuncture was useless, its effectiveness was proved in the treatment of migraines, back pain, neck, ankle.