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Placebo acupuncture is associated with a higher pregnancy rate after IVF than real acupuncture

13 November 2008

A study comparing the effects of real and placebo acupuncture on pregnancy rates during assisted reproduction has found that, surprisingly, placebo acupuncture was associated with a significantly higher overall pregnancy rate than real acupuncture. The study, published online in Europe’s leading reproductive medicine journal Human Reproduction, looked at real and placebo acupuncture given on the day of embryo transfer in 370 patients in a randomised, double blind trial (where neither the patients nor the doctors knew which treatment was being given).

From the paper A randomized double blind comparison of real and placebo acupuncture in IVF treatment Emily Wing Sze So, Ernest Hung Yu Ng, Yu Yeuk Wong, Estella Yee Lan Lau, William Shu Biu Yeung and Pak Chung Ho

Published in Human Reproduction, Advanced Access, November 13th 2008

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