Fertilization in Vitro

Publication Title: 
The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

BACKGROUND: Various methods of sedation and analgesia have been used for pain relief during oocyte recovery in IVF/ICSI procedures. The choice of agents has also been influenced by quality of analgesia as well as by concern about possible detrimental effects on reproductive outcome. OBJECTIVES: To assess the efficacy of conscious sedation and analgesia versus alternative methods on pregnancy outcomes and pain relief in patients undergoing transvaginal oocyte retrieval.

Author(s): 
Kwan, I.
Bhattacharya, S.
Knox, F.
McNeil, A.
Publication Title: 
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine

OBJECTIVE: To provide an overview of the use of acupuncture as an adjunct therapy for in vitro fertilization (IVF), including an evidence-based evaluation of its efficacy and safety and an examination of possible mechanisms of action. DESIGN: Literature review using PubMed, the Science Citation Index, The Cochrane Library (Database of Systematic Reviews and Central Register of Controlled Trials), the New England School of Acupuncture library databases, and a cross-referencing of published data, personal libraries, and Chinese medicine textbooks.

Author(s): 
Anderson, Belinda J.
Haimovici, Florina
Ginsburg, Elizabeth S.
Schust, Danny J.
Wayne, Peter M.
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: 
Fertility and Sterility

OBJECTIVE: To review systematically the use of acupuncture in the management of subfertility. DESIGN: A computer search was performed via several English and Chinese databases to identify journals relevant to the subject. RESULT(S): The positive effect of acupuncture in the treatment of subfertility may be related to the central sympathetic inhibition by the endorphin system, the change in uterine blood flow and motility, and stress reduction.

Author(s): 
Ng, Ernest Hung Yu
So, Wing Sze
Gao, Jing
Wong, Yu Yeuk
Ho, Pak Chung
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: 
Human Fertility (Cambridge, England)

The objectives of this systematic review were to determine the effectiveness of (a) acupuncture and (b) Chinese herbal medicine on the treatment of male and female subfertility by assisted reproductive technologies (ART). All reports from RCTs of acupuncture and/or Chinese herbal medicine in ART were obtained via searches through The Cochrane Menstrual Disorders and Sub-fertility Group's Specialised Register of controlled trials, and other major databases.

Author(s): 
Cheong, Ying
Nardo, Luciano G.
Rutherford, Tony
Ledger, William
Publication Title: 
Fertility and Sterility

OBJECTIVE: To examine the theoretical and methodologic rationales for the use of sham acupuncture controls in trials of adjuvant acupuncture for in vitro fertilization (IVF), and to identify the drawbacks of using a sham acupuncture control that may have its own effects on the pregnancy outcome. BACKGROUND: Acupuncture has typically been tested in trials that evaluate subjective, patient-reported outcomes such as pain. Ratings of pain and similar subjective states can be strongly influenced by respondents' prejudgments, preferences, and expectations about treatment benefits.

Author(s): 
Manheimer, Eric
Publication Title: 
Fertility and Sterility

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of acupuncture on in vitro fertilization (IVF) outcomes. DESIGN: Systematic review and meta-analysis. PATIENT(S): Women undergoing IVF in randomized controlled trials (RCTs) who were evaluated for the effects of acupuncture on IVF outcomes. SETTING: Not applicable. INTERVENTION(S): The intervention groups used manual, electrical, and laser acupuncture techniques. The control groups consisted of no, sham, and placebo acupuncture. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): The major outcomes were clinical pregnancy rate (CPR) and live birth rate (LBR).

Author(s): 
Zheng, Cui Hong
Huang, Guang Ying
Zhang, Ming Min
Wang, Wei
Publication Title: 
Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice

Women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) commonly use adjunctive therapies to improve IVF outcomes and reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Among these acupuncture is a popular choice. Despite 40 clinical trials and 9 systematic reviews investigating the efficacy of acupuncture for improving IVF outcomes, evidence-based guidelines are difficult to devise. The methodology used in the clinical trials does not closely resemble the use of acupuncture in real world acupuncture clinics, limiting the applicability of this research.

Author(s): 
Anderson, Belinda
Rosenthal, Lara
Publication Title: 
The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

BACKGROUND: Various methods of conscious sedation and analgesia have been used for pain relief during oocyte recovery in in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) procedures. The choice of agent has also been influenced by the quality of sedation and analgesia as well as by concerns about possible detrimental effects on reproductive outcomes. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effectiveness and safety of different methods of conscious sedation and analgesia on pain relief and pregnancy outcomes in women undergoing transvaginal oocyte retrieval.

Author(s): 
Kwan, Irene
Bhattacharya, Siladitya
Knox, Fiona
McNeil, Alex

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