Acupuncture for PCOS and Endometriosis 

Acupuncture Camp Hill

Acupuncture for PCOS and Endometriosis

PCOS and Endometriosis are two of the most prevalent hormonal conditions that effect people assigned female at birth so it is no wonder that acupuncture for PCOS and endometriosis is so widely sought after. Many people with these conditions experience symptoms that impact their quality of life, and may influence their fertility. At Ova Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, our team of degree-qualified practitioners are experienced in supporting people with these conditions to manage their symptoms and achieve their health goals.

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine may support the following symptoms:

  • Irregular or no ovulation
  • Pelvic pain
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Light or missing periods
  • Low energy and fatigue

We provide holistic and integrative care to our patients with PCOS and endometriosis to understand the root cause of your condition so we can support you towards better health. Our practitioners are caring and compassionate and will provide a practical and individualised treatment plan to support you on your journey.


Acupuncture for PCOS and Endometriosis

Acupuncture for PCOS and endometriosis
Acupuncture fertility camp hill

Acupuncture & PCOS

The team at Ova Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are here to provide an integrative, heart-centred approach to your fertility journey. Our team of degree-qualified practitioners are registered by AHPRA and are committed to providing patient-centred care to our community. We lean on the ancient wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine and marry this with the latest understandings from bio-medicine to provide a holistic and integrative approach to PCOS support. Our integrative practitioners will interpret blood test results from both the lens of Western and Eastern medicine, and will provide advice on lifestyle, nutrition, supplementation and Chinese herbal medicine. 

Oftentimes our patients present to our clinic feeling helpless and like they have tried everything with little to no results. It’s a disheartening feeling to feel lost in regards to your health, and our practitioners always aim to meet our patients exactly where they are, and devise a plan to support them in achieving their goals. For our patients with PCOS and endometriosis we recommend weekly sessions for 3 menstrual cycles or until symptom management has been achieved. Each patient receives a treatment plan and estimated treatment timeline following their initial acupuncture appointment.

Zoe Rankin Ova Acupuncture


Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are both claimable through private health insurance depending on your coverage details. 

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis are two common gynecological disorders that affect many women worldwide. Both conditions have the potential to lead to significant pain, discomfort, and reproductive challenges, however, it is important to note that this will not be the fate of all people with these conditions. While conventional treatments are often used, many individuals are exploring alternative therapies, such as acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, to complement their treatment plans and provide support for the symptoms associated with these conditions. Acupuncture, a traditional Chinese medicine practice, has shown promise in helping manage the symptoms and improve the quality of life for those dealing with PCOS and endometriosis, however, more research and evidence based practices are required. 

Understanding PCOS and Endometriosis

Before delving into how acupuncture may support the symptoms associated with PCOS and endometriosis, it’s important to understand what these conditions entail:

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): PCOS is a hormonal disorder that affects individuals of reproductive age. It is characterized by the development of small cysts on the ovaries, irregular menstrual cycles, high levels of androgens (male hormones), and various associated symptoms such as acne, excess hair growth, and weight gain. PCOS has the potential to lead to fertility challenges and increases the risk of other health problems, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Endometriosis: Endometriosis is a condition in which the tissue similar to the lining of the uterus (endometrium) begins to grow outside the uterus. This tissue can cause severe pelvic pain, especially during menstruation, and may lead to fertility challenges depending on the presentation of endometriosis. Endometriosis is considered a chronic condition, and its symptoms can impact the quality of life of those with the condition. The severity of ones endometriosis is not correlated with the severity of symptoms and pain and oftentimes endometriosis can be asymptomatic, while someone experiencing severe pelvic pain may indeed have no endometriosis. Endometriosis is a complex condition that is receiving more research so our understanding of the condition is continuing to grow and evolve. 

How Acupuncture Works

Acupuncture is a holistic practice that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. It involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body. According to traditional Chinese medicine principles, these points are located along meridians, which are pathways through which vital energy, or “qi,” flows. By stimulating these points, acupuncture aims to restore the balance of qi and promote overall well-being.

In the context of PCOS and endometriosis, acupuncture, from a Chinese medicine perspective, it is believed to work by:

  • Regulating Hormones: Acupuncture may help regulate the endocrine system, balancing hormones that are often disrupted in PCOS and endometriosis.
  • Reducing Inflammation: It has anti-inflammatory effects that can be particularly beneficial for individuals with endometriosis, where inflammation plays a central role in symptom development.
  • Improving Blood Flow: Acupuncture can enhance blood circulation to the reproductive organs, which may help address symptoms related to fertility and pelvic pain.
  • Pain Management: Acupuncture is known for its ability to relieve pain, making it a valuable option for individuals dealing with the chronic pelvic pain associated with both conditions.

Benefits of Acupuncture for PCOS

Now, let’s explore the potential benefits of acupuncture specifically for PCOS:

  • Regulating Menstrual Cycles: Acupuncture may help regulate menstrual cycles in individuals with irregular periods. By restoring balance to hormonal fluctuations, it may enhance the regularity of ovulation and improve fertility. More research is required in this area. 
  • Reducing Androgen Levels: Elevated levels of androgens are a common feature of PCOS. Acupuncture may help lower these levels, potentially reducing associated symptoms like acne and excess hair growth. More research is required in this area. 
  • Stress Reduction: Stress can worsen the symptoms of PCOS. Acupuncture is well-known for its stress-reduction benefits, which can positively impact overall health. More research is required in this area. 
  • Fertility Optimisation: By addressing hormonal imbalances and regulating the menstrual cycle, acupuncture may improve ovulation in people with PCOS, however, more research is required in this area. 

Benefits of Acupuncture for Endometriosis

Now, let’s look at how acupuncture may benefit individuals with endometriosis:

  • Pain Relief: Acupuncture is known for its analgesic properties, making it a valuable tool for managing the severe pelvic pain often associated with endometriosis. Regular acupuncture sessions may help reduce the intensity and frequency of pain. More research is required in this area. 
  • Inflammation Reduction: Acupuncture’s anti-inflammatory effects can potentially alleviate the inflammatory processes in the body that contribute to endometriosis symptoms. More research is required in this area. 
  • Hormone Regulation: Just as with PCOS, acupuncture may help regulate hormonal imbalances in individuals with endometriosis. 
  • Improved Quality of Life: Many individuals with endometriosis report improved overall well-being and reduced fatigue after incorporating acupuncture into their treatment plans. More research is required in this area. 

Acupuncture and Conventional Treatment

It’s important to note that acupuncture is often used as a complementary therapy rather than a standalone treatment for PCOS and endometriosis. Many individuals choose to combine acupuncture with conventional medical treatments, such as medications or surgery, to maximize the benefits.

Acupuncture should be performed by a licensed and experienced acupuncturist who has experience in treating gynecological conditions. It’s essential to consult with a healthcare provider who can provide guidance on integrating acupuncture into your treatment plan.

Acupuncture is a holistic approach that offers potential benefits for individuals dealing with PCOS and endometriosis. It can play a valuable role in managing symptoms and improving overall quality of life. As with any medical treatment, it’s crucial to consult with healthcare professionals and discuss how acupuncture can fit into your personalized treatment plan. By combining the best of traditional and modern medicine, individuals with PCOS and endometriosis can work towards a healthier and more comfortable future.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate those points and promote healing and balance.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is based on the concept of Qi (pronounced “chee”), which is the vital energy that flows through channels or pathways called meridians in the body. It is believed that disruptions or imbalances in the flow of Qi can lead to various health issues. Acupuncture aims to restore the balance and flow of Qi, thereby improving health and well-being.

How does acupuncture work?

The exact mechanism of how acupuncture works is still being studied and researched. However, there are several theories that attempt to explain its effects:

  1. Stimulation of Endorphins: Acupuncture may stimulate the release of endorphins, which are natural pain-relieving chemicals in the body. 

  2. Modulation of Neurotransmitters: Acupuncture may affect the levels and activity of various neurotransmitters in the body, such as serotonin and dopamine. 

  3. Regulation of Qi and Energy Flow: Traditional Chinese medicine describes acupuncture as a way to balance the flow of Qi, the vital energy, in the body. By inserting needles into specific points, acupuncture is believed to remove blockages and restore the harmonious flow of Qi, promoting health and healing.

  4. Neurovascular and Microcirculatory Effects: Acupuncture has been observed to have effects on the nervous system and blood circulation. It may stimulate nerve fibers, dilate blood vessels, and improve blood flow to the treated areas, aiding in tissue repair and reducing inflammation.

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is generally considered safe when applied by a skilled practitioner that is registered with AHPRA and has received the appropriate training which in Australia is a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Acupuncture. Acupuncture needles are single use, and acupuncture should be performed in a highly safe and proficient manner. 

Does acupuncture hurt?

The level of discomfort experienced during acupuncture can vary from person to person. While some people may feel minimal to no pain, others may experience a slight prick or tingling sensation when the needles are inserted. The needles used in acupuncture are much thinner than hypodermic needles used for injections, which helps minimize pain. Additionally, skilled acupuncturists are trained to minimize any discomfort during the treatment.

It’s important to communicate with your acupuncturist during the session. If you experience any discomfort or pain, let them know so they can adjust the needles or technique to ensure your comfort. Many people find acupuncture to be a relaxing and therapeutic experience.


Is acupuncture covered by insurance?

Yes, acupuncture is covered by private health insurance when received from a practitioner holds the appropriate registrations. All Ova Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine practitioners are claimable on private health insurance. The level of coverage will be dependent on your individual insurance. 

What conditions can acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture is particularly effective at supporting the symptoms associated with many conditions, and oftentimes is used as an adjunct therapy aimed at improving ones quality of life. While it is important to consult with a qualified acupuncturist and healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan, here are some areas that acupuncture is commonly used to support the symptoms:

  1. Pain conditions: Acupuncture is well-known for its effectiveness in relieving various types of pain, including back pain, neck pain, joint pain, headaches, migraines, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and postoperative pain.

  2. Musculoskeletal disorders: Acupuncture can help manage the symptoms related to musculoskeletal conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and sports injuries.

  3. Digestive disorders: Acupuncture may be beneficial for digestive issues like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea, gastritis, and nausea.

  4. Respiratory conditions: Acupuncture is sometimes used to alleviate symptoms associated with respiratory disorders such as asthma, allergies and sinusitis.

  5. Emotional and mental health: Acupuncture can be utilized as part of a comprehensive approach to manage stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. It may help promote relaxation, improve mood, and enhance overall well-being.

  6. Women’s health: Acupuncture is often used to support women’s health concerns, including menstrual irregularities, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), menopause symptoms, fertility issues, and pregnancy-related discomfort.

  7. Neurological conditions: Acupuncture may be used as a complementary therapy for neurological conditions like migraines, tension headaches, neuropathy, multiple sclerosis (MS), and stroke rehabilitation.

  8. Other conditions: Acupuncture has also been applied to address a variety of other conditions, including fatigue, immune system support, skin disorders, allergies, smoking cessation, weight management, and side effects of cancer treatment.

How long does a typical treatment last?

At Ova Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine we ask patients to allow up to 60 minutes for an initial appointment and up to 40 minutes for a follow up appointment. Needles are generally retained for 20-30 minutes depending on the condition being treated. Your practitioner may also choose to apply ancillary techniques such as cupping, gua sha and moxibustion. 

How many acupuncture sessions are usually needed to see results?

This is entirely dependent on the condition that is being treated, the severity of the condition, how long the condition has been present and the commitment from the patient to follow diet and lifestyle changes as well as compliance in taking herbal medicine. After your initial assessment your practitioner will provide a treatment timeline with you. 

Are there any side effects of acupuncture?

Acupuncture is generally considered safe when performed by a qualified and experienced acupuncturist. The risk of adverse effects is minimal, but there are some potential side effects and considerations to be aware of:

  1. Soreness or Bruising: Occasionally, minor soreness, bruising, or bleeding may occur at the needle insertion sites. These side effects are typically mild and temporary.
  2. Fatigue or Drowsiness: Some individuals may experience temporary feelings of fatigue or drowsiness after an acupuncture session. It is advisable to rest and avoid strenuous activities immediately following the treatment.
  3. Dizziness or Lightheadedness: Rarely, acupuncture may cause dizziness or lightheadedness during or after a session, particularly if the person stands up too quickly. It’s important to communicate any discomfort to the acupuncturist during the treatment.
Can acupuncture help with pain relief?

Acupuncture is highly regarded for its analgesic benefits. Whether you are managing an acute injury with symptomatic pain or you have a chronic pain condition, acupuncture is typically supportive of pain symptoms and can be a useful therapy as part of your pain management plan. 

Can acupuncture be used in conjunction with fertility treatments?

Yes, acupuncture can be used in conjunction with fertility treatments. Many individuals undergoing fertility treatments, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intrauterine insemination (IUI), choose to incorporate acupuncture as a complementary therapy to support their fertility journey. Here’s how acupuncture can be beneficial in this context:

  1. Stress Reduction: Fertility treatments can be emotionally and physically demanding, leading to increased stress and anxiety. Acupuncture is known to promote relaxation and stress reduction, which can help individuals manage the emotional challenges associated with fertility treatments.

  2. Hormonal Balance: Acupuncture may help regulate hormonal balance, which is crucial for fertility. It can support the normal function of the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, which controls hormone production and ovulation.

  3. Improved Blood Flow: Acupuncture has been observed to improve blood circulation to the reproductive organs, including the ovaries and uterus. Enhanced blood flow can provide better nourishment to the reproductive tissues and optimize their function.

  4. Increased Success Rate: Some studies suggest that acupuncture, when used in conjunction with fertility treatments, may improve pregnancy rates and the success of assisted reproductive techniques like IVF and IUI. It is believed that acupuncture may enhance the response to fertility medications, increase embryo implantation rates, and improve overall reproductive outcomes.

  5. Side Effect Management: Acupuncture can help alleviate some of the side effects associated with fertility treatments, such as bloating, discomfort, and nausea.

Are there any scientific studies that support the effectiveness of acupuncture?

Yes, there have been scientific studies conducted to explore the effects and potential benefits of acupuncture. While more research is still needed, especially in certain areas, here are some key findings from scientific studies:

  1. Pain Management: Acupuncture has shown positive results in managing various types of pain, including chronic pain, osteoarthritis, migraines, and postoperative pain. Several studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of acupuncture in reducing pain intensity and improving quality of life.

  2. Nausea and Vomiting: Acupuncture has been found to be effective in reducing nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy, postoperative recovery, and pregnancy-related morning sickness. It is often recommended as a complementary therapy in these cases.

  3. Headaches and Migraines: Research suggests that acupuncture may provide relief for tension headaches and migraines. It has been found to be more effective than no treatment and comparable to preventive medication in reducing the frequency and severity of migraines.

  4. Osteoarthritis: Acupuncture has shown promise in managing pain and improving function in individuals with knee osteoarthritis. Studies have demonstrated its potential to reduce pain and improve physical function when used as a complementary therapy alongside conventional treatments.

  5. Chronic Conditions: Acupuncture has been investigated for its effects on chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, low back pain, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Some studies have reported positive outcomes in terms of pain reduction, improved sleep, and overall well-being.

  6. Mental Health: Acupuncture has shown potential in reducing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress. It has been found to modulate the release of neurotransmitters and promote relaxation, which may contribute to its therapeutic effects in mental health.

  7. Fertility and Reproductive Health: Studies have explored the effects of acupuncture in supporting fertility treatments, such as IVF. While findings are mixed, some research suggests that acupuncture may improve pregnancy rates and outcomes in individuals undergoing fertility treatments.

It’s important to note that individual responses to acupuncture can vary, and more research is needed to fully understand its mechanisms and effects. It is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional and seek treatment from a qualified acupuncturist to ensure safe and effective care.


Ova Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine provides best in class acpuncture services to the Camp Hill, Coorparoo, Norman Park, Morningside, Greenslopes, Holland Park communities. We are a leading acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine clinic within the South East Brisbane community. 


1/6 Newman Avenue, Camp Hill 


Monday to Friday : 8am – 8pm

Saturday : 8am – 1pm


Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are both claimable through private health insurance depending on your coverage details.