Saturday, April 12, 2008

2nd round

2nd round of acupuncture was a lot like the first. This time I got a small bruise on my foot. I thought I was going to because that needle hurt. I do not know much about Eastern medicine so I don't know how, why, or what is actually working. There was a study done on acupuncture and fertility and here are their findings.

A German study done in 2002 showed that of the 80 women who underwent IVF and received acupuncture, 34 women got pregnant, a success rate of 42.5%. Of the 80 women involved in the study who received IVF without any acupuncture treatments, only 21 women (26.3%) became pregnant. More recently, an American study involving 114 women showed that 51% of the women who had acupuncture and IVF treatments became pregnant versus only 36% of the women who had IVF alone. Deeper analysis of this study revealed that, while 8% of the women in the acupuncture group miscarried, the rate of miscarriage in the IVF-only group was 20%. Furthermore, women who received acupuncture also had lower rates of ectopic pregnancies.

It seems pretty promising. The lady decided I need some more help this time and she put magnets in the tops of my ears. I have not read anything about this but she says that it promotes ovulation. I'm a little skeptical. I'm also wondering what's going to happen next week.

1 comment:

  1. i bet the acupuncture lady knows you lack faith in her. try to hide it so she doesn't know!!


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