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Infertility treatment could benefit from treatment for Pcos

University of Gothenburg

Infertility treatment could be assisted by a new insight into managing polycystic ovarian syndrome (Pcos).

The study found that a combination of exercise and electro-acupuncture treatments serve to lessen sympathetic nerve activity in women suffering from the condition.

Sympathetic nerve activity in women with Pcos is often elevated, leaving them more exposed to hyperinsulinemia, insulin resistance, obesity and cardiovascular disease.

Dr Elisabet Stener-Victorin of the University of Gothenburg in Sweden commented: "The findings that low-frequency electro-acupuncture and exercise decrease sympathetic nerve activity in women with Pcos indicates a possible alternative non-pharmacologic approach to reduce cardiovascular risk in these patients."

She added that results focusing on menstrual cycles and the drop in testosterone levels during low-frequency electro-acupuncture would also prove medically valuable.

Pcos is experienced by five per cent of all women and is an endocrine disorder that is frequently a cause of infertility.

Symptoms include obesity, irregular periods and the consequence of having an increased amount of male hormones.

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Infertility treatment news : 30/06/2009