Many people regard acupuncture as an effective treatment for many ailments, but others criticize the method and tell people not to neglect taking medication in favor of such therapy. A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association questions the efficacy of the traditional Chinese treatment in treating PCOS-related infertility.
Could acupuncture work against infertility?
PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) is a hormonal condition which leads to the formation of small cysts on the surface of the ovaries, causing them to get bigger. Such a condition might stop the ovulation, thus leading to infertility. Most doctors prescribe Clomiphene to induce ovulation, but others suggested that acupuncture might work as well.
Therefore, researchers decided to test this method, and see if it is as effective as it’s claimed. They tested active acupuncture either alone or in combination with a Clomiphene treatment, and compared it a control therapy and placebo pills.
Medicine treatments give better results
Results were not positive, and discovered that none of the methods increased the number of births among the participants. However, researchers noticed that women who underwent both acupuncture and a Clomiphene treatment were in a much better condition that those who chose only one of these methods.
PCOS affects between 5 and 10 percent of women who have reached sexual maturity, and is probably the most widespread cause of infertility. Such problems need immediate solutions, so researchers wanted to see if acupuncture is a better way of treatment.
They performed the tests on 926 women who, for 10 months, received acupuncture twice a week, either in an active or control form. Some of them also took medication for five days for each cycle of ovulation.
The general belief was that the traditional Chinese treatment might improve pregnancy rates among women with PCOS, but the study proved it brought no improvements from a therapy with Clomiphene.
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