What is PCOS and Can Acupuncture Help?
Recent research shows that acupuncture has positive effects on the treatment of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which is the most common female endocrine disorder. Its symptoms usually include cysts on the ovaries and irregular or absent menstruation. In addition to being the leading cause of female infertility, PCOS also heightens the risk of developing hypertension and diabetes. Past research has demonstrated that acupuncture improves menstrual frequency and decreases circulating testosterone in women with PCOS. A recent study investigated whether acupuncture also affects ovulation frequency. Read the complete study here: Acupuncture for Ovulation Induction in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: A Randomized Controlled Trial.
In the study, thirty-two women with PCOS were randomly assigned to groups to receive either acupuncture with low-frequency electrical stimulation or meet with a physical therapist (the control group) twice a week for ten to thirteen weeks. The researchers measured the circulating levels of ovarian and adrenal sex steroid serum, which are elevated in women with PCOS. The results showed that these levels were significantly lower in the acupuncture group than the control group. Also, the ovulation frequency of women who received acupuncture was higher than those in the control group.
Overall, the results of this study indicate that acupuncture can improve the condition of the women with PCOS and is more effective than meeting with a physical therapist.
At OMBE, we have two acupuncturists on staff who specialize in areas of fertility. Call to schedule an appointment or book online. We also offer free, 30-minute consults for those who are interested but want to learn more before receiving a treatment!
Johansson J, Redman L, Veldhuis PP, et al. Acupuncture for ovulation induction in polycystic ovary syndrome: a randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism. 2013-05-01 16:00:40 2013;304(9):E934- E943.