Women who are undergoing infertility treatment
could benefit from undergoing a course of acupuncture at the same time, new research suggests.
A study by experts at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the VU University Amsterdam found that women who had acupuncture within one day of the embryo transfer process - in which the fertilised egg is implanted in the woman's womb - were more likely to conceive.
A review of 1,366 women involved in seven different acupuncture trials found that those who had acupuncture alongside their infertility treatment were 65 per cent more likely to get pregnant than those who did not have acupuncture.
The findings are published in the British Medical Journal and the researchers suggested that the benefits of acupuncture are equal to one additional pregnancy per ten women undergoing IVF.
They noted: "Additional randomised trials are needed to quantify findings further and investigate the relation between baseline rate of pregnancy and the efficacy of adjuvant acupuncture."