Embryo Transfer

Publication Title: 
BMJ (Clinical research ed.)

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether acupuncture improves rates of pregnancy and live birth when used as an adjuvant treatment to embryo transfer in women undergoing in vitro fertilisation. DESIGN: Systematic review and meta-analysis. DATA SOURCES: Medline, Cochrane Central, Embase, Chinese Biomedical Database, hand searched abstracts, and reference lists.

Author(s): 
Manheimer, Eric
Zhang, Grant
Udoff, Laurence
Haramati, Aviad
Langenberg, Patricia
Berman, Brian M.
Bouter, Lex M.
Publication Title: 
BJOG: an international journal of obstetrics and gynaecology

BACKGROUND: Numerous randomised studies have reported pregnancy outcome in women who received acupuncture during their in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment cycle. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to conduct a systematic review with meta-analysis of the trials of acupuncture during IVF treatment on the outcomes of clinical pregnancy and live birth rates. SEARCH STRATEGY: Searches were conducted in MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, ISI Proceedings and SCISEARCH.

Author(s): 
El-Toukhy, T.
Sunkara, S. K.
Khairy, M.
Dyer, R.
Khalaf, Y.
Coomarasamy, A.
Publication Title: 
The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

BACKGROUND: Acupuncture has recently been studied in assisted reproductive treatment (ART) although its role in reproductive medicine is still debated. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effectiveness of acupuncture in the outcomes of ART.

Author(s): 
Cheong, Ying C.
Hung Yu Ng, Ernest
Ledger, William L.
Publication Title: 
The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

BACKGROUND: Acupuncture has recently been studied in assisted reproductive treatment (ART) although its role in reproductive medicine is still debated. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effectiveness of acupuncture in the outcomes of ART.

Author(s): 
Cheong, Ying C.
Hung Yu Ng, Ernest
Ledger, William L.
Publication Title: 
Seminars in Reproductive Medicine

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is expensive, time consuming, and the most successful treatment of fertility; however, in general the cumulative chance of having a live birth with the treatment is still around 40%. Many couples still remain unsuccessful after several IVF attempts, causing deep impact on quality of life, and each failed cycle causing a financial burden. Several adjuvant therapies have been used along with IVF to increase the pregnancy rates for women with repeated implantation failure.

Author(s): 
Zeyneloglu, Hulusi Bulent
Onalan, Gogsen
Publication Title: 
Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics

PURPOSE: Controversial results have been reported concerning the effect of acupuncture on in vitro fertilization (IVF) outcomes. The current review was conducted to systematically review published studies of the effects of acupuncture on IVF outcomes. METHODS: Women undergoing IVF in randomized controlled trials (RCTs) were evaluated for the effects of acupuncture on IVF outcomes. The treatment groups involved traditional, electrical, laser, auricular, and other acupuncture techniques. The control groups consisted of no, sham, and placebo acupuncture.

Author(s): 
Qian, Yi
Xia, Xin-Ru
Ochin, Humphrey
Huang, Cun
Gao, Chao
Gao, Li
Cui, Yu-Gui
Liu, Jia-Yin
Meng, Yan
Publication Title: 
Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation

BACKGROUND/AIMS: In recent years, acupuncture has become more and more popular in the management of subfertility. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of acupuncture during in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment on the outcomes of clinical pregnancy in published randomized studies. METHODS: This is a systematic review and meta-analysis. Data sources used were MEDLINE, Embase, Web of Knowledge and the Chinese Biomedical Database.

Author(s): 
Shen, Chunjuan
Wu, Manxiang
Shu, Defeng
Zhao, Xiaojie
Gao, Ying
Publication Title: 
Human Reproduction (Oxford, England)

The present acute shortage of eggs for donation cannot be overcome unless adequate guidelines are set to alleviate the anxieties regarding payments, in cash or kind, to donors. The current Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) guidelines do not allow direct payment to donors but accept the provision of lower cost or free in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment to women in recognition of oocyte donation to anonymous recipients. Egg-sharing achieved in this way enables two infertile couples to benefit from a single surgical procedure.

Author(s): 
Ahuja, K. K.
Simons, E. G.
Fiamanya, W.
Dalton, M.
Armar, N. A.
Kirkpatrick, P.
Sharp, S.
Arian-Schad, M.
Seaton, A.
Watters, W. J.
Publication Title: 
Reproductive Biomedicine Online

For over 21 years, oocyte and embryo donation have been used to treat infertility caused by a variety of conditions affecting the ovary. Many disorders, including premature ovarian failure, advanced reproductive age, unexplained recurrent implantation failure and inherited conditions, are amenable to gamete donation, with high pregnancy rates and good obstetrical outcomes observed in recipients. Protocols for the medical screening of recipients and donors, as well as infectious disease and genetic testing, have become relatively uniform and well accepted.

Author(s): 
Sauer, Mark V.
Kavic, Suzanne M.
Publication Title: 
International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics: The Official Organ of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics

The clinically detailed report of a successful uterus transplantation and live birth in Sweden, in which a family friend donated her uterus, provides a basis for expanded practice. Family members and friends can serve as living donors without offending legal or ethical prohibitions of paid organ donation, even though family members and friends often engage in reciprocal gift exchanges. Donations from living unrelated sources are more problematic, and there is a need to monitor donors' genuine altruism and motivation. Donation by deceased women-i.e.

Author(s): 
Dickens, Bernard M.

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