Acupuncture to Improve Live Birth Rates for Women Undergoing IVF

Lead Investigator: Professor Caroline Smith

Research has suggested that acupuncture might help increase pregnancy and live birth rates in women undergoing embryo transfer.  However, there are still many questions to be answered, and there remains a need for a larger well designed study to see whether acupuncture really does help with increasing pregnancy and live birth rates.

Participating in this randomised controlled trial involves being allocated into one of the treatment groups and the completion of some questionnaires relating to your general wellbeing, views on acupuncture, how you felt about the treatments you received, and your use of health care services and products.  We also need to collect some information on the outcome of your embryo transfer.

The aim of the study is to determine the effectiveness of acupuncture on live birth rates for women undergoing IVF. This is an important study because acupuncture is unlikely to be offered to women until we have a better understanding of the advantages or any problems associated with giving acupuncture for embryo transfer. 

Who can take part?

Women who wish to take part need to meet all the following criteria to take part in the study: 

  • be less than 43 years of age
  • undergoing IVF at a study partnered IVF unit
  • undergoing a fresh IVF or ICSI cycle

Women who wish to take part cannot be:

  • receiving acupuncture (you need to stop acupuncture two weeks before starting your IVF cycle)
  • undertaking a frozen cycle
  • planning pre-implantation genetic diagnosis
  • receiving donor eggs
  • or previously been in the study

You will also need to confirm you are able to attend a treatment session during the time you are administered stimulating medication before egg retrieval and also for two appointments on the day of embryo transfer (one before and one after). You will be allocated randomly (like the toss of a coin) to either acupuncture or placebo acupuncture. All acupuncture treatment sessions are free.

If you are interested in taking part in this study, please contact Danielle by email, d.parker@westernsydney.edu.au or phone 0414 357 363.