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Table 2 Round 1: Acupuncture treatment parameters for women undergoing ART

From: Using a Delphi consensus process to develop an acupuncture treatment protocol by consensus for women undergoing Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) treatment

Timing of acupuncture in relation to an ART cycle Yes % n = 17
Day of ET 94.1 (16)
During the stimulation phase 94.1 (16)
Days 3–5 between egg pick up and ET 53.0 (9)
Following ET but before pregnancy test 47.1 (8)
Following trigger but before egg retrieval 41.1 (7)
Day of egg retrieval 35.3 (6)
Day of trigger 17.6 (3)
Needle stimulation and retention  
Important to attain deqi 82.4 (3)
Maintain deqi  
No need to stimulate again 47.1 (8)
Stimulate after 10 min 23.5 (4)
Stimulate after 15 min 17.6 (3)
Deqi not important 5.9 (1)
Mode of stimulation  
Manual and electro-acupuncture 53.0 (9)
Manual only 35.3 (6)
Electo-acupuncture only 0.0 (0)