Traditional Chinese medicine

Sheryl de Lacey, Caroline Smith

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    The rising use of complementary medicines and therapies (CM) by patients in infertility care and treatment is controversial. Evidence is emerging that between 30-60% of infertility patients use CM whilst also engaged with assisted reproductive technology (ART) for treatment of infertility [1]. Women in particular, are reported to be turning to CM because of dissatisfaction with the approach of mainstream medicine, coupled with a desire for a more personalized approach in treatment. Others prefer the holistic philosophy of CM and/or a wish to take control of their healthcare decisions [2]. Increasingly, CM is being used in conjunction with mainstream medical treatment in a wide variety of health care settings. This combination may provide choice and complementary effects but may also potentially confound outcome measures for both therapies.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHow to Improve your ART Success Rates
    Subtitle of host publicationAn Evidence-Based Review of Adjuncts to IVF
    EditorsGab Kovacs
    Place of PublicationCambridge, UK
    PublisherCambridge University Press
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Electronic)9780511894756
    ISBN (Print)9781107648326
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


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