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Acupuncture may be effective for treating female infertility in women who are not undergoing orthodox fertility treatment, according to Chinese authors. Twenty-two randomised controlled trials (RCTs) with a total of 2591 infertile women who were treated with acupuncture either alone or as part of combined Chinese medical therapy, were included in their systematic review. Evidence of significant effectiveness in the acupuncture group was observed for pregnancy rate, ovulation rate, luteinising hormone (LH) levels and endometrial thickness, compared to controls. Subgroup analyses of different types of intervention suggested that acupuncture either alone or combined with other therapies was more beneficial in terms of pregnancy rate than standard orthodox medicine alone. Subgroup analysis according to type of infertility also showed significant benefits of acupuncture treatment for different types of infertility, including that caused by polycystic ovary syndrome, tubal infertility and ovulatory disorders. Acupuncture was also associated with fewer adverse effects than orthodox medicine.

Acupuncture for infertile women without undergoing assisted reproductive techniques (ART): A systematic review and meta-analysis. Medicine (Baltimore). 2019 Jul;98(29):e16463