Two common fertility treatments 'of no benefit'
Two fertility treatments commonly used by couples trying to conceive have been condemned for having ‘no benefit’, following a new study.
Medical experts who undertook the research have indicated that the drugs are no better than leaving things to mother nature.
The study showed that both artificial insemination and the drug clomid, which stimulates ovulation, did not significantly improve the chances of falling pregnant.
Both treatments have been offered to patients for years and experts are now calling for guidelines for their use to be reviewed.
The two treatments are given as a preliminary method for infertile couples before IVF courses are ordered.
The research saw 580 women with unexplained infertility undergo the treatments. Of those who took part, 17% who had no treatment gave birth, compared with 14% who took clomifene citrate and 23% who were artificially inseminated.
Professor Siladitya Bhattacharya, who carried out the research commented: ‘We need to think long and hard about whether there is any medical justification for these treatments.’