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Article: The role of acupuncture in the management of subfertility

TitleThe role of acupuncture in the management of subfertility
Authors
KeywordsAcupuncture
anovulation
male subfertility
pain relief
pregnancy rate
Issue Date2008
PublisherElsevier Inc. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/fertnstert
Citation
Fertility And Sterility, 2008, v. 90 n. 1, p. 1-13 How to Cite?
AbstractObjective: To review systematically the use of acupuncture in the management of subfertility. Design: A computer search was performed via several English and Chinese databases to identify journals relevant to the subject. Result(s): The positive effect of acupuncture in the treatment of subfertility may be related to the central sympathetic inhibition by the endorphin system, the change in uterine blood flow and motility, and stress reduction. Acupuncture may help restore ovulation in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome, although there are not enough randomized studies to validate this. There is also no sufficient evidence supporting the role of acupuncture in male subfertility, as most of the studies are uncontrolled case reports or case series in which the sample sizes were small. Despite these deficiencies, acupuncture can be considered as an effective alternative for pain relief during oocyte retrieval in patients who cannot tolerate side effects of conscious sedation. The pregnancy rate of IVF treatment is significantly increased, especially when acupuncture is administered on the day of embryo transfer. Conclusion(s): Although acupuncture has gained increasing popularity in the management of subfertility, its effectiveness has remained controversial. © 2008 American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/87385
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2015 Impact Factor: 4.426
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 2.156
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dc.contributor.authorSo, WSen_HK
dc.contributor.authorGao, Jen_HK
dc.contributor.authorWong, YYen_HK
dc.contributor.authorHo, PCen_HK
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dc.description.abstractObjective: To review systematically the use of acupuncture in the management of subfertility. Design: A computer search was performed via several English and Chinese databases to identify journals relevant to the subject. Result(s): The positive effect of acupuncture in the treatment of subfertility may be related to the central sympathetic inhibition by the endorphin system, the change in uterine blood flow and motility, and stress reduction. Acupuncture may help restore ovulation in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome, although there are not enough randomized studies to validate this. There is also no sufficient evidence supporting the role of acupuncture in male subfertility, as most of the studies are uncontrolled case reports or case series in which the sample sizes were small. Despite these deficiencies, acupuncture can be considered as an effective alternative for pain relief during oocyte retrieval in patients who cannot tolerate side effects of conscious sedation. The pregnancy rate of IVF treatment is significantly increased, especially when acupuncture is administered on the day of embryo transfer. Conclusion(s): Although acupuncture has gained increasing popularity in the management of subfertility, its effectiveness has remained controversial. © 2008 American Society for Reproductive Medicine.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
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dc.rightsFertility and Sterility. Copyright © Elsevier Inc.en_HK
dc.subjectAcupunctureen_HK
dc.subjectanovulationen_HK
dc.subjectmale subfertilityen_HK
dc.subjectpain reliefen_HK
dc.subjectpregnancy rateen_HK
dc.titleThe role of acupuncture in the management of subfertilityen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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