Acupuncture for PCOS
Acupuncture can be a very effective method to enhance reproductive function in women with PCOS. It can be used alone to enhance female reproductive function; it can also be used in tandem with other therapies.
Acupuncture is a viable treatment for PCOS because it can positively affect the ovaries, the HPO axis as well as the autonomic nervous system.
- Increase ovarian blood flow (OBF).
- Lower high ovarian concentrations of nerve growth factor (NGF).
- Normalize the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Ovarian (HPO) axis.
- Reduce stress-induced reproductive dysfunction.
By reducing high MSNA, acupuncture can regulate ovulation and increase menstrual frequency.
And as mentioned earlier, acupuncture can be used as an adjunct to first or second line interventions like Clomid or Gonadotropins, mainly to reduce bearable side-effects headaches or abdominal distension, or more serious conditions like ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS).