Acupuncture increases ovulation frequency in PCOS

A course of acupuncture treatments can increase ovulation frequency in women with PCOS, according to a Swedish study. In a prospective clinical trial, 32 women with PCOS were randomised to receive either acupuncture in combination with manual and low-frequency electrical stimulation, or treatment with a physical therapist, twice a week for 10-13 weeks.

Ovulation frequency during treatment was higher in the acupuncture group compared with the control group, and after 10 to 13 weeks of treatment, circulating levels of a variety of hormones (including oestrone, oestrone sulphate, oestradiol, DHEA and testosterone) were found to have decreased significantly more in the acupuncture group compared to the control group. (Acupuncture for ovulation induction in polycystic ovary syndrome: A randomized controlled trial. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2013 Mar 12. [Epub ahead of print]).