Acupuncture to improve live birth rates for women undergoing in vitro fertilization: a protocol for a randomized controlled trial

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Date
2012-05-18
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Smith, Caroline A
De Lacey, Sheryl Lynne
Chapman, Michael
Ratcliffe, Julie
Norman, Robert J
Johnson, Neil
Sacks, Gavin
Lyttleton, Jane
Boothroyd, Clare
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BioMed Central Ltd.
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Abstract
IVF is a costly treatment option for women, their partners, and the public. Therefore new therapies that improve reproductive and health outcomes are highly desirable. There is a growing body of research evaluating the effect of acupuncture administered during IVF, and specifically on the day of embryo transfer (ET). Many trials are heterogeneous and results inconsistent. There remains insufficient evidence to determine if acupuncture can enhance live birth rates when used as an adjunct to IVF treatment. The study will determine the clinical effectiveness of acupuncture with improving the proportion of women undergoing IVF having live births. Other objectives include: determination of the cost effectiveness of IVF with acupuncture; and examination of the personal and social context of acupuncture in IVF patients, and examining the reasons why the acupuncture may or may not have worked.
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Public health, Women, Fertility treatments, Acupuncture
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Smith, C.A., de Lacey, S., Chapman, M., Ratcliffe, J., Norman, R.J., Johnson, N., Sacks, G., Lyttleton, J. and Boothroyd, C., 2012. Acupuncture to improve live birth rates for women undergoing in vitro fertilization: a protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 13:60. Erratum: Smith, C. A., De Lacey, S. J., Chapman, M., Ratcliffe, J., Norman, R., Johnson, N., . . . Boothroyd, C. (2017). Erratum: Acupuncture to improve live birth rates for women undergoing in vitro fertilization: A protocol for a randomized controlled trial [Trials. 13, (2012)(60)] DOI: 10.1186/1745-6215-13-60. Trials, 18(1),