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Integrative medicine often combines the benefits of both traditional and alternative approaches. Here is an example with acupuncture helping a traditional, more invasive approach like IVF improve efficacy and decrease miscarriages.
"The retrospective study included 131 women who were undergoing standard in vitro fertilization (IVF) or Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). All of these women were considered good prognosis candidates for IVF/ICSI and were given the choice of having acupuncture. A total of 83 women declined (controls) and 48 accepted. The study found that pregnancy rates per embryo transfer were not significantly different between the two groups (50% in the acupuncture group and 45% in controls). The miscarriage rate was almost halved in the acupuncture group (8% vs. 14%)."
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