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vol. 23
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Effect of physiotherapy on infertility treatment in polycystic ovary syndrome patients

Monika Szafarowska
Marcin Rosiński
Agnieszka Segiet-Święcicka
Szymon Jędrzejczyk
Michał Jerzak
Małgorzata Jerzak

  1. Department of Gynaecology and Oncological Gynaecology, Military Institute of Medicine, Warsaw, Poland
  2. College of Rehabilitation, Warsaw, Poland
  3. Department of Coronary Artery Disease and Cardiac Rehabilitation, National Institute of Cardiology, Warsaw, Poland
  4. Doctoral School, Medical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
  5. Medical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
  6. m-CLINIC, Warsaw, Poland
Menopause Rev 2024; 23(1): 14-20
Online publish date: 2024/03/22
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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a complex hormonal condition associated with psychological, reproductive, and metabolic features. Low-grade inflammation is a recognised factor causing metabolic and reproductive disorders in PCOS, which is why anti-inflammation approaches in PCOS treatment, especially during the COVID pandemic, are considered. A promising therapeutic option is osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT), which activates the cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway and can inhibit proinflammatory cytokines, such as TNF, IL-1, and TNF-. In our paper we analysed the influence of OMT in women with PCOS.

Material and methods
Seventy-three patients, aged 29–46 years, with a history of reproductive failure, who underwent a physiotherapeutic treatment were evaluated. Six months after the end of a physiotherapy session, a follow-up questionnaire was performed.

The results show that most women (83.6%) were satisfied with the therapeutic process, and that the sessions met the patient’s expectations. Reducing the level of anxiety related to infertility treatment and pregnancy was declared by 60 (82.2%) women, an improvement in well-being was declared by 72 (97.3%) (p = 0.04), and increasing awareness of the body after physiotherapy sessions was declared by 70 (95.9%) women.

The physiotherapeutic sessions improved infertility treatment, enhanced quality of life, and had a positive effect on overall health in PCOS women.


physiotherapy, pregnancy, infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome, osteopathic manipulative treatment

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