Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine and metabolic disorder women suffer from. Despite the detrimental impact on women's health, the cause of PCOS is not well understood, but genetic, epigenetic and environmental factors have all been implicated in its development.
A vicious circle triggered by androgen excess occurs. This usually results in sex steroid secretion, ovulatory disturbances, mood disorders and metabolic disturbances such as weight gain.
Women with PCOS are unfortunately at risk of pregnancy and birth complications.1
Research has shown that with medical acupuncture treatment and exercise it may be possible to break this cycle resulting in:
- Reduced total testosterone levels and menstrual frequency in those with irregular periods due to oligo ovulation with effects shown to last longer than four months.2
- Repeated low frequency electro-acupuncture reduces serum anti-Mullerian hormone levels and ovarian volume.3
- Improvements in symptomatic depression and anxiety.4
- More regular cycles and lowering of circulating sex steroids.5
- 35% higher ovulation rate in those with anovulation, sex steroids and androgen metabolites also decreased.6
Overall medical acupuncture has been shown to help the symptoms of PCOS assist in regulation of ovulation.
“It is just a relief to know that it (the menstruation) arrives every month. Even if that week is not a fun on...it is good to know that the acupuncture will be there” SP
“...there was a major difference during the acupuncture treatment, there really was” SP
If you need help and would like to explore a medical acupuncture based course of treatment, and for further information, please call the clinic on 01-2834303.
1. Roos N, Kieler H, Sahlin L, Ekman-Ordeberg G, Falconer H, Stephansson O. Risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes in women with polycystic ovary syndrome: population based cohort study. Bmj. 2011 Oct 13;343:d6309.
2. Jedel E, Gustafson D, Waern M, Sverrisdottir YB, Landén M, Janson PO, Labrie F, Ohlsson C, Stener-Victorin E. Sex steroids, insulin sensitivity and sympathetic nerve activity in relation to affective symptoms in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2011 Nov 1;36(10):1470-9.
3. Leonhardt H, Hellström M, Gull B, Lind AK, Nilsson L, Janson PO, Stener‐Victorin E. Serum anti‐Müllerian hormone and ovarian morphology assessed by magnetic resonance imaging in response to acupuncture and exercise in women with polycystic ovary syndrome: secondary analyses of a randomized controlled trial. Acta obstetricia et gynecologica Scandinavica. 2015 Mar 1;94(3):279-87.
4. Maliqueo M, Sun M, Johansson J, Benrick A, Labrie F, Svensson H, Lönn M, Duleba AJ, Stener-Victorin E. Continuous administration of a P450 aromatase inhibitor induces polycystic ovary syndrome with a metabolic and endocrine phenotype in female rats at adult age. Endocrinology. 2013 Jan 1;154(1):434-45.
5. Johansson J, Redman L, Veldhuis PP, Sazonova A, Labrie F, Holm G, Johannsson G, Stener-Victorin E. Acupuncture for ovulation induction in polycystic ovary syndrome: a randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism. 2013 Mar 12;304(9):E934-43.
6. Johansson J, Redman L, Veldhuis PP, Sazonova A, Labrie F, Holm G, Johannsson G, Stener-Victorin E. Acupuncture for ovulation induction in polycystic ovary syndrome: a randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism. 2013 Mar 12;304(9):E934-43.