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Table 3 Overview of study visits

From: Manual acupuncture for the infertile female with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS): study protocol for a randomized sham-controlled trial

  Screening and baseline visit Menstrual cycles Six months after the last acupuncture treatment
1st 2nd 3rd
General condition a     
Gynecological examination     
Fasting blood samples for sex hormone b, FINS, FBG, HbA1c    
Transvaginal ultrasound  
Pregnancy test (blood β-HCG)     
Treatment record c   
Questionnaire d    
Telephone follow-up e     
  1. aGeneral condition include age, BMI, menstrual and obstetrical histories
  2. bSex hormones include: E2, T, P, FSH, LH, PRL, DHEAS, SHBG
  3. cTreatment record includes date and adverse events
  4. dQuestionnaire includes the PCOS and TCM syndrome scores
  5. eInquires if the participants were pregnant
  6. E2 estradiol, T total testosterone, P progesterone, FSH follicle-stimulating hormone, LH luteinizing hormone, PRL prolactin, DHEAS dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate, SHBG sex hormone-binding globulin, BMI body mass index, FINS fasting insulin, FBG fasting blood-glucose, HbA1c glycated hemoglobin