In The Field

ESHRE: Not very complementary

Most of the criticism levelled at complementary therapies is based on the fact that a lot of them don’t actually do anything. Techniques such as homeopathy and reflexology do not have a clinically proven mode of action and don’t deliver any benefit beyond placebo. But at the same time, many would argue that this fact makes it perfectly acceptable for women who are desperate to conceive to use such therapies if they think they will help. After all, what’s the harm? 


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