Treatment with acupuncture and moxibustion can lead to better chances of a successful pregnancy for women who have had previous IVF failures.
Brazilian researchers carried out a prospective randomised controlled trial with 84 patients who had experienced at least two unsuccessful IVF attempts. The patients were randomised to either a no-treatment control group, a sham acupuncture (needling at eight non-acupuncture points) group or a verum acupuncture plus moxibustion (needling at 12 points, moxibustion at nine points) group. Acupuncture was performed on the first and seventh day of stimulation, on the day before egg collection and on the day after embryo transfer.
The clinical pregnancy rate in the acupuncture group was found to be significantly higher than that of either the control or sham groups (35.7% vs 7.1% vs 10.7%). (Influence of acupuncture on the outcomes of in vitro fertilisation when embryo implantation has failed: a prospective randomised controlled clinical trial. Acupunct Med. 2013 Mar 19. [Epub ahead of print]).