Electrical acupoint stimulation increases IVF success
Transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation (TEAS) has been found by Chinese researchers to significantly improve pregnancy rates in women undergoing embryo transfer (ET). A total of 309 patients undergoing ET were randomly allocated to three groups: a mock TEAS treatment 30 minutes after ET (group I); a single TEAS treatment 30 minutes after ET (group II); or a double TEAS treatment, 24 hours before, and 30 minutes after ET (group III). The clinical pregnancy rates, embryo implantation rate, and live birth rate of group I (29.3%, 15.0%, and 21.2%, respectively) were significantly lower than those in group II (42.7%, 25.7%, and 37.3%, respectively) and group III (50.0%, 25.9%, and 42.0%, respectively). (Increase of success rate for women undergoing embryo transfer by transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation: a prospective randomized placebo-controlled study. Fertil Steril. 2011 Oct;96(4):912-6).