Call for women to participate in acupuncture and infertility study

Date: 19/05/2009

A new University of Western Sydney study will reveal the benefits of acupuncture to address the stress-related issues associated with infertility.

Associate Professor Caroline Smith, from the UWS Centre for Complementary Medicine Research, seeks the involvement of women aged 25 to 45 years with a clinical diagnosis of infertility and/or history of unsuccessfully trying to conceive for 12 months or more.

"In Australia, infertility affects one in six couples during their reproductive lifetimes," says Associate Professor Smith.

"While assisted reproductive technologies (ART) have made pregnancy possible for approximately half of the couples that pursue treatment, many couples experience the immense disappointment, frustration and distress as result of their unsuccessful attempts to fall pregnant.

Associate Professor Smith says complementary medicines can be an effective way of helping women cope with their fertility problems.

The findings of a preliminary UWS study of 13 women, suggest the use of acupuncture is linked to feeling of enhanced wellbeing and confidence, and can improve women's overall wellbeing.

The current UWS study will investigate whether the use of acupuncture in women with infertility will improve coping and reduce distress and anxiety.

Participants will attend a course of six acupuncture treatment sessions, lasting approximately 30 minutes. Women planning IVF treatment are required to enrol in the study a month prior to commencing treatment.

For more information, or to take part in the study, contact Associate Professor Caroline Smith, on 0405 920 976 or



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