Acupuncture regulates hormone levels during IVF procedures

American researchers have investigated the effects of acupuncture on seru cortisol and prolactin in IVF patients undergoing drug-induced ovarian hyperstimulation.  Sixty-seven women were randomized to receive either IVF alone or IVF plus acupuncture, according to protocols derived from randomized controlled trials.  Serum levels of cortisol and prolactin were measured and synchronized with medication situation days of the IVF cycle.  Cortisol levels in the acupuncture group were significantly higher on IVF medication days 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, and 13 compared with controls.  Prolactin levels in the acupuncture group were significantly higher on IVF medication days 5, 6, 7, and 8 compared with controls.  The authors conclude that there appears to be beneficial regulation of cortisol and prolactin in the acupuncture group during the medication phase of the IVF treatment, with a trend toward more normal fertile cycle dynamics.  (Changes in serum cortisol and prolactin associated with acupuncture during controlled ovarian hyperstimulation in women undergoing in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer treatment.  Fertiity & Sterility.  2008 December 30.