Table 3

Hormone levels of groups at baseline and after the first and the last sessions

AcupunctureSham
Mean±SD (Min–Max)Mean±SD (Min–Max)p Value
Follicular stimulating hormone (FSH)
 FSH bs87.1±29.2 (41.9–167.5)64.8±16.0 (41.4–99.9)0.002
 FSH fs82.7±30.3 (30.7–164.4)63.0±15.3 (40.2–98.2)0.009
 FSH ls80.6±37.0 (17.8–171.6)63.1±15.8 (40.3–100.3)0.053*
Luteinising hormone (LH)
 LH bs37.2±13.9 (18.5–68.8)41.4±11.0 (14.6–63.3)0.272
 LH fs33.8±14.0 (16.1–68.6)42.4±12.6 (17.1–65.3)0.036
 LH ls33.7±14.6 (10.4–63.3)42.7±11.1 (18.9–61.9)0.046
Oestradiol
 Oestradiol bs14.2±8.2 (10.0–42.0)17.9±11.9 (6.6–47.5)0.136
 Oestradiol fs20.9±35.1 (10.0–192.0)16.9±9.1 (5.7–35.2)0.186
 Oestradiol ls22.9±34.8 (10.0–147.0)18.8±11.6 (6.5–56.0)0.045
  • * Multivariate analysis: no significant effect of time (p=0.464) or group × time interaction (p=0.659).

  • bs, baseline; fs, first session; ls, last session.