The Effect of Acupuncture on Infertility With In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Patients
Recruitment status was Active, not recruiting
Infertility is a common problem with increased incidence. In-vitro fertilization (IVF) is by far the most commonly used treatment. The success rate of IVF is still low. This study examines the effect of acupuncture on IVF pregnancy rate, as well as possible mechanisms. It is hypothesized that acupuncture can significantly increase the IVF pregnancy rate.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Subject)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Acupuncture for Infertility Patients: The Effect on IVF|
- Clinical pregnancy rate [ Time Frame: 6 to 8 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Miscarriage rate [ Time Frame: one year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Take home baby rate [ Time Frame: one year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- B-endorphin levels [ Time Frame: 2 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Stress measurement [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||October 2005|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||November 2009|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||November 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Infertility is a common health problem in the United States with approximately 15% of women of childbearing age receiving care for this disorder. One of the most successful and commonly utilized treatment options is in-vitro fertilization (IVF). Data collected by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Society for Assisted Reproduction (SART) showed that in the year 2001, over 100,000 IVF treatment cycles were performed through the more than 400 IVF centers in the U.S. Despite many recent technological advances, pregnancy rates with IVF remain limited with the most recent CDC/SART data reporting that only 27% of treatment cycles result in a live birth. Acupuncture has been utilized in China for centuries to regulate the female reproductive system and has in recent years become a popular option for infertile couples in the States. Though acupuncture has been studied in other infertility settings, IVF is chosen because:
- IVF is one of the most common infertility treatments as well as the most resource intensive treatment option. Therefore, an improvement in IVF success will provide the greatest benefit to patients and society.
- IVF affords a unique opportunity to gather the most data regarding the reproductive process and to investigate putative acupuncture related physiological changes.
We propose a randomized, sham controlled feasibility study on the effect of acupuncture on IVF. Sixty IVF patients will be recruited into the study to accomplish the following aims:
- To examine the feasibility of recruiting and retaining a sufficient number of patients for an adequate powered study,
- To identify issues related to the multicenter approach that could alter study endpoints,
- To examine the effect size of the treatment group as compared to the sham group,
- To examine whether acupuncture is a safe procedure for women undergoing IVF,
- To examine the effect of acupuncture on clinical IVF outcomes, and
- To examine the physiological and psychological impact of acupuncture on IVF patients.
Results obtained from the study will provide necessary information for a larger, definitive study, as well as knowledge regarding the broad mechanism of acupuncture on female reproductive function.
|United States, Maryland|
|Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Dept. of OB/GYN|
|Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21201|
|The GBMC Fertility Center|
|Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21204|
|Principal Investigator:||Grant Zhang, Ph.D.||Center For Integrative Medicine, University of Maryland|