Acupuncture Enhances Chances of Pregnancy in Unexplained Infertile Patients Who Undergo A Blastocyst Transfer in A Fresh-Cycle

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From: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine(Vol. 25, Issue 4)
Publisher: Springer
Document Type: Report
Length: 359 words

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Byline: Hakan Coksuer (1), Mert UlaA Barut (2), Murat Bozkurt (3), Elif Agacayak (4), Sibel Sak (2), Mustafa Demir (2), Eray CalA[+ or -]skan (5) Keywords: acupuncture; assisted reproduction; embryo transfer; pregnancy rate Abstract: Objective To analyze the effects of acupuncture on in vitro fertilization patients with unexplained infertility. Methods We retrospectively analyzed the charts of a total of 302 cycles performed in 273 patients attending Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Centre from August 2013 to August 2016. During the study period, embryo transfer with acupuncture (Acupuncture group, 46 cases) and without acupuncture (Control group, 42 cases) were applied. Prior to embryo transfer, the following points were used in the acupuncture group: Neiguan (CX 6), Diji (SP 8), Taichong (Liv 3), Baihui (Gv 20), and Guilai (S 29). These sessions were carried out two times before and after embryo transfer in a single day. In addition, auricular acupuncture was also performed at ear points, including ear point 55 (Shenmen), ear point 58 (Zhigong), ear point 22 (Neifenmi) and ear point 34 (Naodian). The biochemical pregnancy rate and clinical pregnancy rate after transplantation were compared between two groups. Results The clinical pregnancy rate in the acupuncture group was higher than that in the control group [60.9% (28/46) vs. 33.3% (14/42), respectively, P Conclusion Administration of acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer dramatically improved fertility results in women who underwent in vitro fertilization/intra-cytoplasm sperm injection for reproduction. Author Affiliation: (1) Diyarlife IVF Center, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, DiyarbakA[+ or -]r, Turkey (2) 0000 0004 0595 7821, grid.411999.d, Harran University School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, SanlA[+ or -]urfa, Turkey (3) 0000 0001 2331 4764, grid.10359.3e, Bahcesehir University, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, VM Medikalpark Pendik Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey (4) 0000 0001 1456 5625, grid.411690.b, Dicle University School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, DiyarbakA[+ or -]r, Turkey (5) 0000 0001 2331 4764, grid.10359.3e, Bahcesehir University, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Istanbul, Turkey Article History: Registration Date: 21/06/2018 Accepted Date: 08/10/2017 Online Date: 25/06/2019

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