A British study, running by Homerton University Hospital in London, involved 160 couples suffering from fertility problems, found that rates of success were twice as high among those having acupuncture treatment. Researchers found the women became more relaxed after time was invested in them.
The 127 patients were split into two groups – one having four sessions of acupuncture while undergoing IVF, and the other having none.
Among the treatment group, 46.2 per cent conceived – more than twice as many as in the other group, where only 21.7 per cent of the women became pregnant.
The needle technique was used before any eggs were retrieved from the woman’s body – and then again before and after the fertilised embryo was implanted.