Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Medical Science (MMSc)

First Advisor

J. Ryan Martin, MD


Acupuncture has become an increasingly common concurrent therapy for women undergoing assisted reproductive technology. The effect of acupuncture on clinical pregnancy rates, however, remains unclear due to inconclusive study results and a lack of proper comparisons to all possible controls. In this three arm, single-blinded, randomized controlled trial, we propose to compare clinical pregnancy rates of women under age 35 undergoing in vitro fertilization with or without intracytoplasmic sperm injection in combination with either true acupuncture, sham acupuncture, or standard medical care. We hypothesize there will be a statistically significant difference in clinical pregnancy rates six to eight weeks following embryo transfer of women undergoing concurrent true acupuncture therapy. The results of this study will help to end the acupuncture debate and allow practitioners to accurately advise their patients about what may improve their chances of conception as they undergo the stressful and expensive treatment that is in vitro fertilization.

Open Access

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