Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome is said to affect 5 million females in the U.S. every year. As a practitioner, I see PCOS commonly experienced by women seeking treatment for infertility, though some women do pursue treatment for other side-effects, such as weight gain (or difficulty losing weight), excessive hair growth, menstrual irregularities, and acne. Interestingly, PCOS is one condition where symptoms can vary greatly. And though confirmation by a Western Physician, that there are numerous cysts in the ovaries (generally identified visually by ultrasound), many still strongly hold to the belief that PCOS requires the additional symptoms of weight-gain, acne and the presence of un-wanted body hair. Please understand that PCOS can affect even women of normal body weight and that a definite diagnosis may not always accompany symptoms.
If you have been diagnosed with PCOS, are dealing with difficulty conceiving, irregular or lack of menstruation, or any of the other previously mentioned symptoms (weight gain, acne, hair growth), please know that there is help - outside of taking birth control pills (to regulate menstruation), Metformin (type-II diabetic medication to regulate insulin) or Clomid (forces the ovaries to release un-fertilized "eggs").
As a practitioner of Chinese Medicine, I can use acupuncture to help the body regulate itself from the inside out. PCOS is essentially a hormonal imbalance within the body - too much testosterone by Western scientific standards. One goal would be to have a regular, consistent menstrual cycle, with as few symptoms as possible. Another goal would be to have the natural release of a healthy "egg" each month - without the use of ovarian-stimulating pharmaceuticals.
In modern society, as women, we are often taught that our monthly cycle is an inconvenience - something to be down-right hated or feared or skipped (take birth control pills and have no period!). In Chinese Medical view, it is a demonstration of the health and wellness within our bodies; truly something that women are fortunate to have. This viewpoint, provided to me by an acupuncturist I received treatment from years ago, made me radically change the way I saw the menstrual cycle. Understand that generally speaking, menstrual issues occur for many years and can take consistency and patience to see results, but they CAN and DO take place with Traditional Chinese Medicine. Please let me know if I can help you achieve your wellness goals by scheduling an appointment at your convenience! Here's to your health - Holly Christiansen, L.Ac.
About the Author:
Holly Christiansen, Licensed Acupuncturist, currently practicing in the gorgeous, horse capital of the world: Lexington, Kentucky.