Researchers in Sweden have shown that a course of acupuncture treatment can increase ovulation frequency in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Thirty-two patients aged 18-38 and with PCOS, were randomised to receive either acupuncture with electrical stimulation, or treatment with a physical therapist, twice a week for 10 to 13 weeks. Patients in the acupuncture group ovulated more frequently during the trial, compared with the control group. Furthermore, after the course of treatment was over, patients in the acupuncture group exhibited significantly greater reductions in a variety of hormones (including oestradiol, DHEA and testosterone), compared with the control group.
(Acupuncture for Ovulation Induction in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: A Randomised Controlled Trial. American Journal of Physiology, Endocrinology & Metabolism, 1 May 2013.)