Electroacupuncture improves oocytes' growth in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Electroacupuncture Effect on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome to Improve Oocytes' Growth.
Med Acupunct. 2019 Dec 1 ;31(6):379-383. Epub 2019 Dec 13. PMID: 31871526
Uki Retno Budihastuti
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition of anovulation causing infertility. Many kinds of therapy have been used to treat PCOS. However, the results have not been satisfactory. Acupuncture is a trusted way to repair the reproductive system. Yet, there is not enough evidence of the effectiveness of acupuncture to induce ovulation or to treat infertility in patients who have PCOS. The objectives of this study were to find out how successfully electroacupuncture (EA) could complete conventional therapy for patients with PCOS-related infertility, to analyze the effect of EA on these patients, and if EA could repair folliculogenesis to create quality oocytes so that these patients could become pregnant.A case controlled study was conducted in Sekar Dr. Moewardi General Hospital, Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia. There were 44 patients with PCOS who were included according to Rotterdam criteria and exclusion criteria. The patients' characteristics studied were age, height, weight, and duration of infertility. Subjects were divided randomly into 2 groups (22 subjects in a PCOS+Lifestyle Management as a control group and 22 subjects in a PCOS Lifestyle Management+EA case group. EA was performed for 15 minutes twice per week for a total of 12 sessions. The main outcome measure was transvaginal ultrasonographic detection of follicle size in ovulation on days 2, 6, 8, 10 and 12, starting from the first day of each patient's last menstruation.There were significant differences in follicle growth on days 2, 6, 8, 10, and 12. Follicle growth in the PCOS+Lifestyle Management group versus the PCOS Lifestyle Management+EA group was, respectively, on day 2: 5.59 ± 0.73 versus 6.45 ± 1.22, = 0.012; on day 6: 7.40 ± 1.14 versus 9.45 ± 1.94, = 0.012; on day 8: 9.50 ± 1.40, versus 11.63 ± 2.25, = 0.002; on day 10: 11.59 ± 1.36, versus 13.77 ± 2.22, = 0.001, and on day 12: 13.72 ± 1.20; versus 16.13 ± 2.43; = 0.001.EA improves oocytes' growth in patients with PCOS.