The Impact of Acupuncture on the Success Rates of IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation) Treatments
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02683967|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : February 17, 2016
Last Update Posted : February 17, 2016
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Infertility||Procedure: acupuncture||Not Applicable|
Failing to conceive naturally poses significant stress to the infertile couple. It creates a feeling of failure and frustration. It has been found that the use of complementary therapies makes women feel empowered, with a sense of regaining control of the body.
The popularity of acupuncture is increasing. A significant proportion of couples having fertility treatment, especially IVF (In-Vitro Fertilisation) ask their clinician about using acupuncture and some patients undergo acupuncture privately without reporting to their clinicians.
The effectiveness of acupuncture on IVF has been extensively researched; however the results are varied and not conclusive. This is due to previous studies varying significantly in their study design, acupuncture timing and the final outcome measure. As a result of the difference in the studies it is not clear whether acupuncture is beneficial regarding IVF success rates and whether it should be offered to women undergoing IVF.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||184 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Factorial Assignment|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Official Title:||The Impact of Acupuncture on the Success Rate of IVF Treatments|
|Study Start Date :||November 2013|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||January 2016|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||January 2016|
Active Comparator: Acupuncture
These patients received acupuncture during the follicular development phase and on the day of egg collection.
patients received a Delphi acupuncture at least 3 times during their fertility treatment cycle.
No Intervention: Control
Patients received standard care, no acupuncture.
- Live birth rate [ Time Frame: 18 months ]The primary objective is to determine the clinical effectiveness of acupuncture in improving live birth rates in women undergoing IVF
- Clinical pregnancy rate [ Time Frame: 18 months ]The secondary objective is to determine whether acupuncture improves clinical pregnancy rate
- Multiple pregnancy [ Time Frame: 9 months ]To determine whether there is an increased rate of multiple pregnancy
- Quality of life [ Time Frame: 9 months ]To examine the effect of acupuncture on improving the quality of life for women by means of EQ% quality of life questionnaires
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02683967
|Principal Investigator:||Karin Gillerman||NHS Honorary Contract|