Infertility, Female

Publication Title: 
The Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care

BACKGROUND: Acupuncture as a therapy, and acupressure as self-treatment, are increasingly widely used for gynaecological conditions, and this study aims to review the scientific literature on their effectiveness. METHOD: A systematic review of controlled trials of acupuncture or acupressure for gynaecological conditions, published in a European language. SYNTHESIS: No studies in mastalgia, menorrhagia, pelvic pain, premenstrual syndrome or vulvodynia met the inclusion criteria.

Author(s): 
White, A. R.
Publication Title: 
Fertility and Sterility

The research published to date does not show a definitive positive impact of acupuncture on IVF success rates. However, researchers seem to lack traditional scientific practices when interpreting the data.

Author(s): 
Domar, Alice D.
Publication Title: 
Fertility and Sterility

Two randomized trials provide suggestive evidence that acupuncture might be an effective adjunctive therapy in assisted reproductive technologies, leading to improved pregnancy rates. However, additional research addressing remaining scientific and methodologic issues is needed before routine use of acupuncture can be recommended.

Author(s): 
Myers, Evan R.
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: 
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

The research published to date does not show a definitive positive impact of acupuncture on IVF success rates. However, researchers seem to lack traditional scientific practices when interpreting the data.

Author(s): 
Domar, Alice D.
Publication Title: 
Maturitas

Acupuncture is increasingly popular for the treatment of many medical complaints, including gynaecologic conditions. The aim of this study was to summarise the evidence from systematic reviews (SRs) and meta-analyses assessing the efficacy of acupuncture in treating common gynaecologic conditions. Six electronic databases, including two major English-language databases (PubMed and the Cochrane Library) and four Korean databases, were systematically searched for SRs and meta-analyses concerned with acupuncture and common gynaecologic diseases.

Author(s): 
Kang, Hyun-Sun
Jeong, Daun
Kim, Dong-Il
Lee, Myeong Soo
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

BACKGROUND: The influence of acupuncture on female fertility is of interest to people in clinical practice and acupuncture researchers. Despite developing research in the field, there is a marked absence of research defining an adequate treatment to support and treat women experiencing delays in conceiving.

Author(s): 
Cochrane, Suzanne
Smith, Caroline A.
Possamai-Inesedy, Alphia

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