UPDATE: This study is currently on hold while we attend to some administrative details. Please check back to this blog often, as we will keep our readers updated. You may also call the New Patient Coordinators at 415 834-3095 for more information.
PREVIOUSLY: Pacific Fertility Center is pleased to announce that as of October 1st we are enrolling patients into a groundbreaking research study to determine the value of combining acupuncture with IVF. Traditional
Chinese medicine has been practiced in throughout Asia for thousands of years:in the last decade, the west has been following suit.
There have been sufficient peer reviewed studies to warrant a clinical trial in which there are predictable parameters of patient involvement. One of the first studies involving acupuncture and IVF was published by Paulus et al in the journal Fertility Sterility in 2002. The Paulus study reported the influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproductive therapy. Clinical pregnancies were documented at 42.5% of patients in the acupuncture/IVF group, whereas pregnancy rates were 26.3% in the control group, using IVF alone. In this study, the acupuncture was performed before and after embryo transfer only.
How does acupuncture affect fertility? A review article in Alternative Therapies (Anderson 2007) suggested four possible mechanisms by which acupuncture could improve the outcome of IVF: modulatingneuroendocrine factors; increasing blood flow to the uterus and ovaries; modulating cytokines; and reducing stress, anxiety, and depression.