This study asked whether providing a multiphasic fertility acupuncture protocol to women with sub/infertility would increase their awareness of fertility and achieve normalization of their menstrual cycle compared with a lifestyle control. The acupuncture protocol tested influenced women who received it compared to women who used lifestyle modification alone: their fertility awareness and wellbeing increased, and those who conceived did so in half the time.
METHODS - In a pragmatic randomized controlled trial sub/infertile women were offered an intervention of acupuncture and lifestyle modification or lifestyle modification only.
RESULTS - There was a statistically significant increase in fertility awareness in the acupuncture group (86.4%, 19) compared to 40% (n=8) of the lifestyle only participants (Relative Risk (RR) 2.38, 95% confidence interval (CI) of 1.25, 4.50), with an adjusted value of 0.011.
Changes in menstrual regularity were not statistically significant.
There was no statistical difference in the pregnancy rate with seven women (adjusted p=0.992) achieving pregnancy during the course of the study intervention.
Those receiving the acupuncture conceived within an average of 5.5 weeks compared to 10.67 weeks for the lifestyle only group (p=0.422)
Suzanne Cochrane, Caroline A. Smith, Alphia Possamai-Inesedy, and Alan Bensoussan, “Prior to Conception: The Role of an Acupuncture Protocol in Improving Women’s Reproductive Functioning Assessed by a Pilot Pragmatic Randomised Controlled Trial,” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 2016, Article ID 3587569, 11 pages, 2016. https://doi.org/10.1155/2016/3587569.
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