To observe the effect of acupuncture for infertility due to luteal phase defect (LPD).
Fifty cases were randomized into an acupuncture group (30 cases) and a medication (Clomiphene) group (20 cases). High phase score (HPS) was adopted to evaluate the luteal function before and after treatments, coupled with observation on the changes of E2, progesterone (P), follicles and endometrium.
The total effective rate in the acupuncture group was 93.4%, versus 70.0% in the medication group, showing a significant difference (P<0.05).
Both acupuncture and Clomiphene can substantially improve the luteal function; however, acupuncture can get a better effect in improving the endometrium and a lower miscarriage rate than Clomiphene.