Acupuncture for PCOS no better than fake treatment

Aug 31, 2011, 1:13 p.m.

For women with PCOS who are trying to get pregnant, usually medication or in-vitro fertilization works pretty well, she said. The women in the current study weren't necessarily trying to have a baby.

Pastore pointed out that the acupuncture treatment was standardized for all women, and that in the real world practitioners would work with patients to develop the best treatment for their needs. That could be why the sessions didn't seem to help women more than fake acupuncture, she said.

"My advice is, if you want to try a non-drug treatment and if you can afford the acupuncture treatment, why not try it?" she said. "If you try it for two, three months, you're going to know if you start having regular periods or not."

Although the cost of acupuncture varies greatly, a typical session runs for about $60 to $100.

"At least, as a good thing we can say that it does no harm," said Elisabet Stener-Victorin, a PCOS researcher from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden whose own studies have suggested a benefit from acupuncture.

However, the current study "leaves a lot of unanswered questions," she concluded.

SOURCE: http://bit.ly/pMorbf Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, online August 3, 2011.

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