Acupuncture May Bring Relief For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Acupuncture May Bring Relief For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

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Whilst Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is known to affect around 5% of all women, it affects 10% of women of reproductive age. It is the most common hormonal disorder among these women and is a leading cause of infertility.

It can also cause obesity and produce masculine features in women. However a study from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden has shown that acupuncture may be able to help.

Women with the syndrome often have high activity in the 'sympathetic nervous system'.

It was found that the use of acupuncture reduces activity in the sympathetic nervous system (as well as in those who took regular exercise).

The effects of acupuncture went even further, as the leader of the research team, Elisabet Stener Victorin, explains;

"Those who received acupuncture found that their menstruation became more normal. We could also see that their levels of testosterone became significantly lower, and this is an important observation, since elevated testosterone levels are closely connected with the increased activity in the sympathetic nervous system of women."

References:

1.         Solomon CG (1999). "The epidemiology of polycystic ovary syndrome. Prevalence and associated disease risks". Endocrinol. Metab. Clin. North Am. 28 (2): 247-63. PMID 10352918.

2.        Goldenberg N, Glueck C (2008). "Medical therapy in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome before and during pregnancy and lactation". Minerva Ginecol 60 (1): 63-75. PMID 18277353.

3.        Boomsma CM, Fauser BC, Macklon NS (2008). "Pregnancy complications in women with polycystic ovary syndrome". Semin. Reprod. Med. 26 (1): 72-84. doi:10.1055/s-2007-992927. PMID 18181085.

4.        Elisabet Stener-Victorin, Elizabeth Jedel, Per Olof Jansson and Yrsa Bergmann Sverrisdottir. Low-frequency electroacupuncture and physical exercise decrease high muscle sympathetic nerve activity in polycystic ovary syndrome. American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, 2009; DOI: 10.1152/ajpregu.00197.2009

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