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PCOS – Condition Information

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS. There is a great deal of information about acupuncture and the female reproductive system both on our fertility, fertility treatments (IVF/ICSI) information, and gynaecology pages.

Important to know: Chronic health conditions should be addressed under direct medical supervision of your GP or consultant, and acupuncture would be an adjunct or complement to usual care – we advise that you let you doctor know when you use this approach.

About the research: It is worth noting that in research, randomised controlled studies (RCT) are the most reliable in terms of quality of evidence, with a systematic review or meta analysis of numerous studies being the best way of seeing the overall picture of the state of the evidence. Below we have a selection of the available research, which does include some larger RCTs, and reviews of the literature alongside smaller studies. The n= figure tells you how many people were participants in the study.

References: British Acupuncture Council evidence based factsheet about PCOS including specific research, trials and mechanisms of action for acupuncture in this condition.ALso

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Infertility IVF, ART, ICSI- Condition Resources

Acupuncture is a very popular approach for those looking to conceive. See our blog on the research that has been done into the use of acupuncture for fertility reasons

The British Acupuncture Council has produced an evidence based factsheet about Female Fertility, as well as one on Male Fertility and acupuncture approaches, including specific research, trials and mechanisms of action for acupuncture for this.

A systematic review and meta-analysis of studies found acupuncture to have a positive effect on the birth rate of sub fertile women having IVF/ICSI treatment (BAcC briefing paper).

References: British Acupuncture Council evidence based factsheet about Female Fertility, and approaches to treatment including specific research, trials and mechanisms of action for acupuncture in this condition.

BAcC Female fertility & IVF briefing paper

BAcC Male Fertility factsheet

BAcC Fertility and ART (assisted reproduction – IVF/ICSI) factsheet

BAcC PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) factsheet

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