Labor Research

Acupressure for labor pain management: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.
Chen, Y., Xiang, X. Y., Chin, K., Gao, J., Wu, J., Lao, L., & Chen, H. (2020). Acupressure for labor pain management: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Acupuncture in medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society, 96452842a0946044. Advance online publication. Acupressure decreases duration of labor and perception of pain.
Published on Apr 24, 2020

Acupuncture for cervical ripening and induction of labor at term–a randomized controlled trial.
Rabl M, Ahner R, Bitschnau M, Zeisler H, Husslein P., Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Vienna, Austria. Wien Klin Wochenschr. 2001 Dec 17;113(23-24):942-6 CONCLUSION(S): Acupuncture at points LI4 and SP 6 supports cervical ripening at term and can shorten the time interval between the EDC and the actual time of delivery.
Published on Dec 17, 2001

Acupuncture in improving endometrial receptivity: a systematic review and meta-analysis
We found very low to moderate level of evidence that acupuncture may improve pregnancy rate and embryo transfer rate, increase trilinear endometrium, thicken endometrium, reduce resistive index (RI), pulse index (PI) and peak systolic velocity/ end-diastolic blood velocity (S/D), compared with medication, sham acupuncture or physiotherapy. Acupuncture was statistically significant as a treatment approach.
Published on Mar 13, 2019

Acupuncture or acupressure for pain management during labour.
Smith CA, Collins CT, Levett KM, Armour M, Dahlen HG, Tan AL, Mesgarpour B. (2020) Acupuncture or acupressure for pain management during labour. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2020, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD009232. Acupressure led to decreased pain and C-sections.
Published on Apr 24, 2020

Association of Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase C677T and A1298C Gene Polymorphisms With Recurrent Pregnancy Loss in Syrian Women
Al-Achkar W, Wafa A, Ammar S, Moassass F, Jarjour RA. 2017. Association of Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase C677T and A1298C Gene Polymorphisms With Recurrent Pregnancy Loss in Syrian Women. Reprod Sci. 24(9):1275-1279.
Published on Sep 14, 2017

Does the Use of Mobile Phone Affect Male Fertility? A Mini-Review
Okechukwu CE. 2020. Does the Use of Mobile Phone Affect Male Fertility? A Mini-Review. J Hum Reprod Sci. 13(3):174-183.
Published on Jul 1, 2020

Effectiveness of Moxibustion for Breech Presentation: A Prospective Study
Moxibustion application increased the rate of vertex presentation at birth and also vaginal delivery rate compared with expectant management. Offering moxibustion between the 32nd and 36th week of gestation may provide women with a singleton fetus in breech presentation an opportunity for a vaginal birth.
Published on Sep 15, 2021

Electroacupuncture for cervical ripening prior to labor induction: a randomized clinical trial.
Gribel GP, Coca-Velarde LG, Moreira de Sá RA., Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2011 Jun;283(6):1233-8. doi: 10.1007/s00404-010-1526-x. Epub 2010 Jun 8. Source: Maternidade Escola Hospital, Serviço de Obstetrícia, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rua das Laranjeiras, 180 (Laranjeiras), Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22240-003, Brazil. gisele.gribel@ig.com.br CONCLUSIONS: Our results showed that electroacupuncture can be used to obtain cervical ripening, with similar results as compared with misoprostol, with a significantly higher frequency of vaginal deliveries and without occurrence of obstetric complications.
Published on Jun 8, 2010

Endometrial growth and uterine blood flow: a pilot study for improving endometrial thickness in the patients with a thin endometrium
Takasaki A, Tamura H, Miwa I, Taketani T, Shimamura K, Sugino N. 2010 Endometrial growth and uterine blood flow: a pilot study for improving endometrial thickness in the patients with a thin endometrium. Fertil Steril. 93(6):1851-8.
Published on Apr 1, 2010

Impact of whole systems traditional Chinese medicine on in-vitro fertilization outcomes.
Hullender Rubin LE et al. 2015. Reproductive Biomedicine Online. 2015 Jun;30(6):602-12. Overall, IVF with adjuvant WS-TCM (whole-systems traditional Chinese medicine) was associated with greater odds of live birth in donor and non-donor cycles.
Published on Jun 30, 2015

Influence of acupuncture on duration of labor.
Zeisler H, Tempfer C, Mayerhofer K, Barrada M, Husslein P., Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Vienna, AKH, Austria. Gynecol Obstet Invest. 1998;46(1):22-5. CONCLUSION(S): This study suggests that AP treatment is a recommendable form of childbirth preparation due to its positive effect on the duration of labor, namely by shortening the first stage of labor.
Published on Dec 1, 1998

Smoke or smokeless moxibustion treatment for breech presentation: A three-arm pilot trial.
Smokeless moxibustion treatment showed an increasing trend towards cephalic presentation at the conclusion of intervention.
Published on Oct 18, 2021

The use of acupuncture as a routine pre-birth treatment
Article by Debra Betts (Debra Betts practises in New Zealand. She is also a tutor at the New Zealand School of Acupuncture in Wellington.)
Published on Jan 26, 2006

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