Blausen 0060 AssistedReproductiveTechnology
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Ye et al [1] performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate the efficacy of acupuncture on anxiety and/or depression relief during IVF treatment. By analyzing 2867 participants, a significant difference (3 studies, 547 participants, MD -9.26, 95%CI −12.01 to -6.51, P<0.01) was observed in anxiety relief between acupuncture and control groups during IVF treatment. However, no significant difference (9 studies, 1896 participants, RR=1.30, 95%CI 1.03 to 1.64; P=0.02) was found for clinical pregnancy rate. Only 2 of 12 studies assessed remission of depression and showed inconsistent effects on depression relief of acupuncture. Based on the above findings, they concluded that acupuncture may have a positive effect on anxiety relief during IVF treatment, while the effect on depression relief is inconclusive.

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Ye J, He M, Qu F. Effects of Acupuncture on the Relief of Anxiety and/or Depression during In Vitro Fertilization: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Eur J Integrat Med, 2021, pre-proof, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eujim.2021.101287

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