Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Publication Title: 
Fertility and Sterility

OBJECTIVE: To review systematically the use of acupuncture in the management of subfertility. DESIGN: A computer search was performed via several English and Chinese databases to identify journals relevant to the subject. RESULT(S): The positive effect of acupuncture in the treatment of subfertility may be related to the central sympathetic inhibition by the endorphin system, the change in uterine blood flow and motility, and stress reduction.

Author(s): 
Ng, Ernest Hung Yu
So, Wing Sze
Gao, Jing
Wong, Yu Yeuk
Ho, Pak Chung
Publication Title: 
Gynecological Endocrinology: The Official Journal of the International Society of Gynecological Endocrinology

OBJECTIVE: This paper aims to provide a literature review on evaluating the efficacy of acupuncture therapy in the treatment of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) by reviewing clinical trials; randomised and non-randomised and observational studies on PCOS. The paper will also determine the possible mechanism of acupuncture treatment in PCOS, limitations of recruited studies and suggest further improvements in future studies.

Author(s): 
Lim, Chi E. D.
Wong, Wu S. F.
Publication Title: 
Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical

BACKGROUND: Women specific health complaints are common, and women are higher users of complementary therapies and medicines. Acupuncture is one modality used by women. The aim of this paper was to summarise the evidence from scientific trials and systematic reviews assessing the effectiveness of acupuncture to treat the most common women specific reproductive health complaints.

Author(s): 
Smith, Caroline A.
Carmady, Bridget
Publication Title: 
Maturitas

Acupuncture is increasingly popular for the treatment of many medical complaints, including gynaecologic conditions. The aim of this study was to summarise the evidence from systematic reviews (SRs) and meta-analyses assessing the efficacy of acupuncture in treating common gynaecologic conditions. Six electronic databases, including two major English-language databases (PubMed and the Cochrane Library) and four Korean databases, were systematically searched for SRs and meta-analyses concerned with acupuncture and common gynaecologic diseases.

Author(s): 
Kang, Hyun-Sun
Jeong, Daun
Kim, Dong-Il
Lee, Myeong Soo
Publication Title: 
Zhen Ci Yan Jiu = Acupuncture Research

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect and safety of acupuncture treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) by using systematic review in view of evidence-based medicine (EBM).

Author(s): 
Ren, Li-Na
Guo, Li-Hong
Ma, Wen-Zhu
Zhang, Rui
Publication Title: 
Journal of Zhejiang University. Science. B

The key health issues for women tend to be primarily associated with the female reproductive system. There are also other gender priorities and consequences associated with ageing, which require effective interventions. Acupuncture is used worldwide and its evidence base is increasing on both mechanisms of action and its effectiveness in clinical care. Although acupuncture may be a valuable addition to healthcare for some conditions, it is rarely fully integrated into mainstream Western medicine clinical practice. Inadequate design and poor reporting of clinical trials have been barriers.

Author(s): 
Robinson, Nicola
Publication Title: 
Medicine

BACKGROUND: This systematic review aimed at summarizing and evaluating the evidence from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) using acupuncture to treat polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), specifically focusing on ovulation rate, menstrual rate, and related hormones. METHODS: Fifteen databases were searched electronically through February 2016. Our review included RCTs of women with PCOS; these RCTs compared acupuncture with sham acupuncture, medication, or no treatment. Two reviewers independently extracted data.

Author(s): 
Jo, Junyoung
Lee, Yoon Jae
Lee, Hyangsook
Publication Title: 
Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society

OBJECTIVES: The aim of this systematic review was to assess the evidence from randomised controlled trials (RCTs) on the efficacy, effectiveness and safety of acupuncture in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) undergoing in vitro fertilisation (IVF) or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). METHODS: We searched a total of 15 databases through October 2015. The participants were women with PCOS (diagnosed using the Rotterdam criteria) undergoing IVF or ICSI.

Author(s): 
Jo, Junyoung
Lee, Yoon Jae
Publication Title: 
Chinese Medical Journal

OBJECTIVE: This article aims to introduce the benefits of qualitative research and to discuss how such research can be applied to the study of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). DATA SOURCES: Relevant articles were published in English as of May 2013 from Pubmed. Terms "polycystic ovary syndrome/PCOS, qualitative research and methodology" were used for searching. STUDY SELECTION: Articles studying PCOS with qualitative methods were reviewed. Articles associated with the use of qualitative research in clinical research were cited.

Author(s): 
Ma, Hongxia
Liang, Huiling
Gao, Jingshu
Ma, Hongli
Liu, Jianping
Ng, Hungyu Ernest
Billhult, Annika
Stener-Victorin, Elisabet
Mu, Xin
Wu, Xiaoke
Publication Title: 
The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

BACKGROUND: Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is characterised by the clinical signs of oligo-amenorrhoea, infertility and hirsutism. Conventional treatment of PCOS includes a range of oral pharmacological agents, lifestyle changes and surgical modalities. Beta-endorphin presents in the follicular fluid of both normal and polycystic ovaries.

Author(s): 
Lim, Chi Eung Danforn
Ng, Rachel W. C.
Xu, Ke
Cheng, Nga Chong Lisa
Xue, Charlie C. L.
Liu, Jian Ping
Chen, Nini

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