A study by Indonesian researchers at a hospital in Java, suggests electroacupuncture assists oocyte (immature egg cell) growth in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). In a case controlled study, 44 patients with PCOS were randomly assigned to receive either lifestyle management advice, or the same advice plus electroacupuncture. The latter was given twice a week, beginning on the first day after menstruation, for a total of 12 sessions.
Ultrasound scans of the resulting follicles on days 2,6,8,10 and 12 after menstruation, showed that increases in follicular diameter were significantly greater in the acupuncture group. By day 12, follicles in the acupuncture group averaged 16.1mm versus 13.7mm in the control group.
(Electroacupuncture Effect on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome to Improve Oocytes’ Growth. Medical Acupuncture, 1 December 2019.)