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Acupuncture May Boost Chances Of Pregnancy Through IVF

In the new study, the team analyzed data from 3,271 women and nearly 4,400 cycles

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Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese form of pain relieving treatment by inserting thin needles at specific points in the body. Pixabay
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese form of pain relieving treatment by inserting thin needles at specific points in the body. Pixabay

If you are looking forward to conceiving anytime soon via in vitro fertilization (IVF), then undertaking an acupuncture therapy prior to the process may boost your chances of getting pregnant by six percent, a new study has claimed.

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese form of pain relieving treatment by inserting thin needles at specific points in the body.

The study found that acupuncture stimulates the sensory nerves under the skin and muscles of the body along with an increased blood flow to the uterus, which makes it more receptive to the embryo implanting when it is transferred during IVF.

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Previous studies have found acupuncture nearly doubles the chances of a woman conceiving with IVF. Pixabay
Previous studies have found acupuncture nearly doubles the chances of a woman conceiving with IVF. Pixabay

“Acupuncture may not be entirely conventional, but there’s a growing body of evidence to suggest that it can be effective when it comes to IVF,” Hana Visnova, Medical Director at IVF Cube in Prague, Czech Republic, was quoted as saying in the Daily Mail.

In the new study, the team analyzed data from 3,271 women and nearly 4,400 cycles.

Of the 4,087 cycles without acupuncture, 2,458 pregnancies were recorded, giving a pregnancy rate of 60 percent.

Of the 301 cycles with acupuncture, there were 201 conceptions — giving a higher pregnancy rate of 66 percent.

Moreover, acupuncture has been proven to have a direct impact on a body's biology, said Tereza Rankin, acupuncturist at the IVF Cube. Pixabay
Moreover, acupuncture has been proven to have a direct impact on a body’s biology, said Tereza Rankin, acupuncturist at the IVF Cube. Pixabay

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“There’s evidence that acupuncture can increase blood flow to the uterus while producing neurotransmitters which help with pain relief,” she said

“It can make the lining of the uterus more receptive to the embryo when it’s transferred, therefore aiding implantation during IVF.

“And the therapy can also help to relax the cervix, preventing any painful cramps and again helping with the embryo transfer,” Rakin noted.

However, the British Fertility Society says there’s no evidence that having acupuncture or Chinese herbal medicine treatment around the time of assisted conception increases the likelihood of subsequent pregnancy, the report said. (IANS)

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Removal of Gallblader During Pregnancy May Spike Up Risk of Preterm Delivery

Also, women who underwent the operation during the third trimester were twice as likely to deliver a preterm baby and almost twice as likely to have abnormal maternal outcomes

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A model wears the Owlet Band pregnancy monitor at the Owlet booth at CES International, Jan. 9, 2019, in Las Vegas. The device can track fetal heart rate, kicks and contractions. VOA

Getting The gallbladder removed during pregnancy may increase the risk of preterm delivery and hospital re-admissions among others, researchers said.

Also, women whose gallbladder has been removed during pregnancy are more likely to experience longer hospital stays than those who delay the operation until after childbirth.

As pregnant women produce extra progesterone, the risk of development of gallstones increases. When these stones become problematic, causing extreme pain, a surgeon may recommend removal of gallbladder by performing cholecystectomy, a type of surgery.

But women who postponed cholecystectomy until after childbirth had better maternal outcomes.

“In light of these findings, whenever possible, women with symptomatic gallstones during pregnancy should wait as long as possible to let the baby mature before having cholecystectomy,” said Henry A. Pitt, Professor at Temple University in the US.

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Lady with her baby. Pixabay

For the study, the researchers compared 403 pregnant women who underwent the operation within 90 days prior to childbirth with 17,490 women who had the procedure within three months after childbirth.

The findings, published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, showed that maternal delivery outcomes, including eclampsia and haemorrhage for the mother, and preterm delivery were significantly worse when cholecystectomy was done during pregnancy as opposed to postpartum.

Eclampsia is a potentially dangerous pregnancy complication characterised by high blood pressure. The eclampsia rate for pregnant women who underwent cholecystectomy in the third trimester was one per cent higher than those who chose to wait until after childbirth.

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Additionally, the haemorrhage and preterm delivery rates for women who had the cholecystectomy during pregnancy was three per cent and 12 per cent higher, respectively.

Also, women who underwent the operation during the third trimester were twice as likely to deliver a preterm baby and almost twice as likely to have abnormal maternal outcomes. (IANS)