Acupuncture Versus Placebo Acupuncture During In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Embryo Transfer
|Infertility||Device: Acupuncture (Carbo®) Device: Placebo acupuncture (Strietberger®)|
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Acupuncture Versus Placebo Acupuncture During Ivf Embryo Transfer|
- Clinical pregnancy rate [ Time Frame: 2005-2008 ]
|Study Start Date:||November 2005|
|Study Completion Date:||March 2009|
|Primary Completion Date:||March 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
30 minutes of acupuncture just before and just after embryo replacement
Device: Acupuncture (Carbo®)
The acupuncture points were chosen according to traditional Chinese medicine and included DU20, M29, KS6, Mp8, and Le3 before embryo transfer and DU20, Co4, Mp10, M36, and Mp6 after embryo transfer.
Other Name: Acupuncture needles: Carbo® needle,Acupharma A/S.
Placebo Comparator: 2
Sham acupuncture for 30 minutes just before and just after embryo transfer
Device: Placebo acupuncture (Strietberger®)
The acupuncture points were the same as in the true acupuncture group, namely DU20, M29, KS6, Mp8, and Le3 before embryo transfer and DU20, Co4, Mp10, M36, and Mp6 after embryo transfer.
Sham acupuncture needles used were the validated Strietberger® placebo-needle from the company, Asia Med. The needle is not fixed inside the copper handle and its tip is blunt. When the needle touches the skin it moves inside the handle and appears to be shortened. A pricking sensation is felt by the patient, simulating the puncturing of the skin. Developed by dr. Konrad Streitberger.
Other Name: Sham acupuncture needles: Strietberger® placebo-needle, Asia Med.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00913354
|The Fertility Clinic, Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark|
|Copenhagen, Denmark, 2100|
|Principal Investigator:||Dorthe Andersen, Study nurse||The Fertility Clinic, Copenhagen University Hospital Rigshospitalet|