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IVF success rate lowered by use of alternative infertility treatment

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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