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Exercise and Acupuncture Help PCOS

One in 10 American women suffer from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and according to a new study it looks like modrerate exercise and acupuncture can really help.

PCOS is complicated and affects a woman's menstrual cycle, fertility, hormones, insulin production, circulatory system, and appearance. In a small study involving 20 women, the groups that participated in moderate exercise three times a week or who received low-frequency electro-acupuncture fare better over a 16-week period than the control group that did neither. In electro-acupuncture, the needles are attached to a device that send gentle electronic pulses through them, stimulating the body points associated with ovaries even more. The two groups receiving treatment, those exercising and those who received acupuncture, had lower levels of muscle sympathetic nerve activity, which common means of monitoring the syndrome. The women who received acupuncture treatments had regular menstrual cycles as well, which is a good sign that hormonal element of the syndrome is improving.

If you're interested, please read the abstract of the study to learn more.

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LeahLiddell LeahLiddell 8 years
To Anonymous: I was the same way, never having a period...but that REALLY isn't good. It's better to have one once a month..you get used to it, and it's not that big of a deal. But it just isn't good to go without..it can cause some serious problems. And you might want to try either YAZ or Loestrin 24...a product like that helps with the acne and facial hair. I used to have acne, but now my face is totally clear.
LeahLiddell LeahLiddell 8 years
I'm so glad that there are sites that'll post stuff about PCOS. I have it, and its such a pain in the ass. Anything to help is appreciated.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
$125 a session? You might want to shop around. Some acupuncturists will work on a sliding scale.
brilliance13 brilliance13 8 years
ugh so I went for holistic treatments to regulate my system and my insurance wont cover any... this can get pricey at 125 a session
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