The effects of acupuncture on rates of clinical pregnancy among women undergoing in vitro fertilization: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Eric Manheimer Daniëlle van der Windt Ke Cheng Kristen Stafford Jianping Liu Jayne Tierney Lixing Lao Brian M. Berman Patricia Langenberg Lex M. Bouter
27 June 2013
We found no pooled benefit of adjuvant acupuncture for IVF. The subgroup finding of a benefit in trials with lower, but not higher, baseline pregnancy rates (the only statistically significant subgroup finding in our earlier review) has been confirmed in this update, and was not explained by any confounding variables evaluated. However, this baseline pregnancy rate subgroup finding among published trials requires further confirmation and exploration in additional studies because of the multiple subgroup tests conducted, the risk of unidentified confounders, the multiple different factors that determine baseline rates, and the possibility of publication bias.
*NOTE this study only included trials of limited acupuncture sessions, most only on transfer day, or transfer day and 1 other day.