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Acupuncture and Gonadotropin-releasing Hormone Pulse Generator and Stress Axis in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOSLFEA)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Elisabet Stener-Victorin, Göteborg University Identifier:
First received: June 12, 2009
Last updated: October 6, 2011
Last verified: October 2011

Hypothesis The overall hypothesis is that non-obese (BMI <30) women with PCOS have high luteinising hormone (LH) and cortisol pulse frequency and amplitude and that repeated low-frequency EA restore these alterations and induce ovulation.

Condition Intervention
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Device: Low-frequency electro-acupuncture (EA)
Other: Meeting a therapist - attention control

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Does Low-frequency Electro-acupuncture Restore Sensitivity of the Gonadotropin-releasing Hormone Pulse Generator and Stress Axis in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Frequent blood sampling every 10th minute during an overnight stay in order to measure changes in LH and cortisol pulsatility before and after treatment. A third assessment will be made in those participants who ovulate during the 14 week study. [ Time Frame: 16 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Ovulation, health related quality of life [ Time Frame: 16 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Estimated Enrollment: 28
Study Start Date: February 2009
Study Completion Date: December 2010
Primary Completion Date: December 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Low-frequency electro-acupuncture Device: Low-frequency electro-acupuncture (EA)
2 Hz EA during 30 minutes, twice a week, 14 weeks.
Active Comparator: Meeting a therapist - attention Other: Meeting a therapist - attention control
Meeting a therapist, twice a week during 30 minutes in order to control for the increased amount of attention.

Detailed Description:

Aim 1. Elucidate if low-frequency EA induce ovulation and restore LH frequency and amplitude as well as sex steroid secretion as compared to a control group receiving same amount of attention.

Aim 2. Elucidate if low-frequency EA restore cortisol frequency and amplitude compared to a control group receiving same amount of attention.

Aim 3. Elucidate if low-frequency EA restore psychological distress and quality of life as compared to a control group receiving same amount of women with PCOS.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 39 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 18 - 39 years, inclusive
  • 30 ≤ BMI
  • History of irregular menstrual cycles
  • Clinical and/or biochemical androgen excess (determined during screening)

Exclusion Criteria:

Medical Exclusion Criteria

  • History or clinical manifestation of; cardiovascular disease, diabetes (Type 1 or Type 2), any other significant endocrine or metabolic disorder.
  • Regular use of medications for weight control, psychosis and thyroid disease. A 3 month washout period will be permitted for contraceptives.

Psychiatric and Behavioral Exclusion Criteria

  • Pregnant or breast-feeding women
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00921492

Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Sahlgrenska Academy, Göteborg University
Göteborg, Sweden, 40530
Sponsors and Collaborators
Göteborg University
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Additional publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Elisabet Stener-Victorin, PhD, Researcher, Göteborg University Identifier: NCT00921492     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: PCOSLFEA-17611, 2008-72VP-15445-01A, ALFFGBG-10984
Study First Received: June 12, 2009
Last Updated: October 6, 2011
Health Authority: Sweden: Regional Ethical Review Board
Sweden: Swedish Research Council

Keywords provided by Göteborg University:
Luteinizing hormone
HPA axis
HPO axis
Heart rate variability
Psychological distress and quality of life

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Adnexal Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases
Genital Diseases, Female
Gonadal Disorders
Ovarian Cysts
Ovarian Diseases
Pathologic Processes
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Pharmacologic Actions
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