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Acupuncture and Physical Exercise for Affective Symptoms and Health-related Quality of Life in Women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

In a randomized study involving 72 women with PCOS, treatment with acupuncture was found to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Subjects were randomized into groups for a period of 16 weeks.

1) acupuncture (n=28);
2) exercise (n=29);
3) no intervention (n=15);

Results found a modest improvement in symptoms of depression and anxiety in subjects who received acupuncture, and improvements in health-related quality of life were found in the acupuncture and physical exercise groups. The authors state, "...these data suggest continued investigation of mental health outcomes in women treated for PCOS."

“Acupuncture and physical exercise for affective symptoms and health-related quality of life in polycystic ovary syndrome: Secondary analysis from a randomized controlled trial," Stener-Victorin E, Holm G, et al, BMC Complement Altern Med, 2013 June 13; 13(1): 131. (Address: Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Physiology, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden. E-mail: Elisabet Stener-Victorin, ).