The present study was conducted to determine the effect of acupressure on health-related quality of life in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome. This study was a double-blind, randomized clinical trial with a control group. Ninety-six patients with polycystic ovary syndrome from Mofateh gynecological clinic in Yasuj in Iran were enrolled according to the inclusion criteria.
Patients were randomly assigned to intervention and control groups. In the intervention group, pressure on the points, Zongji (Ren 3), Guanyuan (Ren 4), Taichong (LV 3), Sanyinjiao (SP 6), and Xuehai (SP 10) and in the control group, pressure on sham points were performed for 6 weeks (2 sessions per week). The primary outcome was health-related quality of life, measured by the modified polycystic ovary syndrome health-related quality of life questionnaire (MPCOSQ). The secondary outcomes were total testosterone levels and clinical symptoms in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome. The outcome variables were measured before the intervention at week 0 (baseline) and after the intervention at week 18 (12 weeks after the end of intervention).
The results indicated that at week 18, the score of clinical symptoms and the total testosterone level of the intervention group were lower than those of the control group. The health-related quality of life score in the intervention group was higher than that in the control group, which was statistically significant (P < 0/05).
Therefore, acupressure in these points is recommended as a practical and effective method of treating polycystic ovarian syndrome.