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IVF success rate lowered by use of alternative infertility treatment

Faculty of 1000 Medicine

Infertility treatment may be less successful among women who also use alternative treatments and remedies.

That is the view of a study recently published in Denmark, which has found that IVF success rates are reduced by 30 per cent among women who have undergone alternative treatments.

Women who had undertaken a range of non-conventional therapies including reflexology, acupuncture, or herbal and aromatherapy, were discernibly less likely to fall pregnant after a round of IVF infertility treatment.

Alex Polyakov and Beverley Vollenhoven, from the Faculty of 1000 Medicine, commented: "It is important, when discussing IVF treatment with couples, that their use of alternative therapies is also discussed, as this may have a bearing on treatment success."

"Until further evidence is available, it is best to counsel couples against the use of alternative therapies when also having IVF."

A Canadian study reported in 2006 that success rates for IVF were 35 per cent.

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Infertility treatment news : 19/08/2009