Sunday April 21, 2019

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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Avoid Smoking During Pregnancy To Prevent Premature Births

The negative health impacts of cigarette smoking during pregnancy, including low birth weight, delayed intrauterine development, pre-term birth, infant mortality, and long-term developmental delays, are well known. 

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The researcher plans to look at quit rates and smoking intensity and their impact on the risk of infant mortality. Pixabay

Expecting mothers, take note. As smoking during pregnancy is linked with negative health outcomes, a team of researchers has found that smoking cessation during pregnancy may reduce the risk of pre-term birth.

The findings, published in the JAMA Network Open journal, showed that the probability of pre-term birth decreased with earlier smoking cessation in pregnancy — up to a 20 per cent relative decrease if cessation occurred at the beginning of pregnancy.

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If we determine quitting, and quitting early, reduces the risk of infant mortality, then that may speak to mothers even more saliently about the importance of smoking cessation. Pixabay

“Of concern, though, given the substantial benefits of smoking cessation during pregnancy is that the proportion of pre-pregnancy smokers who quit smoking during pregnancy has remained essentially stagnant since 2011,” said lead author Samir Soneji from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice in the US.

For the study, the researchers conducted a cross-sectional study of more than 25 million pregnant women who gave birth to live neonates during a six-year period — measuring their smoking frequency three months prior to pregnancy and for each trimester during pregnancy.

The negative health impacts of cigarette smoking during pregnancy, including low birth weight, delayed intrauterine development, pre-term birth, infant mortality, and long-term developmental delays, are well known.

But the good news is that the proportion of women who start their pregnancy as smokers has been declining in recent years, the researchers said.

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The findings, published in the JAMA Network Open journal, showed that the probability of pre-term birth decreased with earlier smoking cessation in pregnancy — up to a 20 per cent relative decrease if cessation occurred at the beginning of pregnancy. Pixabay

However, the study also found that only about 25 per cent of women who smoked prior to pregnancy were able to quit throughout their pregnancy, and approximately 50 per cent of women who smoked during their pregnancy did so with high frequency (more than 10 cigarettes per day).

The researcher plans to look at quit rates and smoking intensity and their impact on the risk of infant mortality.

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“Thankfully most premature babies end up doing well,” he said.

“But premature birth is strongly linked to infant mortality. If we determine quitting, and quitting early, reduces the risk of infant mortality, then that may speak to mothers even more saliently about the importance of smoking cessation,” he added. (IANS)