Acupuncture doesn't boost pregnancy rate, studies show

November 13, 2008 3:18:09 PM PST
Giving women acupuncture along with infertility treatments has been touted as a way to increase chances of conceiving. But this concept is proving to be controversial. Two studies find that acupuncture has no effect when it comes to getting pregnant.

One of the reports in the journal Human Reproduction compared pregnancy rates among women who got real acupuncture and those who got a sham procedure. The women with the fake acupuncture had a overall higher pregnancy rate.

One researcher is even questioning if acupuncture may in some way reduce pregnancy rates.

Experts say there still isn't enough evidence to reach a definite conclusion.