Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder found in women. PCOS produces symptoms in 5-10% of women of reproductive age and is one of the leading causes of female reproductive difficulty.
The most common manifestations are anovulation, excess production of androgenic hormones, and insulin resistance.
PCOS most commonly results in irregular menstruation or lack of the menstrual cycle, along with a lack of ovulation. Excess androgenic hormones can block the release of the egg from the follicle, and can cause the ovaries to develop multiple cysts or immature follicles that do not generate eggs.
Signs of PCOS:
Irregular periods that come every few months, not at all, or too frequently.
Extra hair on your face or other parts of your body, called hirsutism.
Characteristic pigmentation changes to the skin.
Weight gain and/or trouble losing weight.
The Benefits of Acupuncture for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome:
Normalization of reproductive hormones.
Support of ovulation.
Facilitation of weight loss.
Increase in insulin sensitivity.
Reduction of blood glucose and lipid levels.
Regulation of endocrine and metabolic functions.
Increase in the levels of endorphins, the bodies natural pain controllers.
Boosting of the immune function.
Improvement to the blood flow to the ovaries and uterus.
If you are interested in the approach I take to treating my clients with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, the following 2015 NIH based study informs my starting point for the treatment of many of my PCOS patients. Although the study was focused on treating insulin resistance in PCOS patients, it also measured other areas of imbalance commonly of concern with PCOS infertility, such as normalization of hormone levels and normalization of the menstrual cycle. This approach uses acupuncture that includes painless electrical stimulation to some of the selected points.
Although there are many studies on the use of Acupuncture in the treatment of infertility caused by Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, here is another example published in April of 2014 by The American College for Advancement in Medicine that states that low frequency painless electro-acupuncture is as effective as commonly used medications in inducing ovulation, and in diminishing the cycle of hormonal imbalance that leads to infertility in this group of women. This effect of acupuncture along with other forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine help to remove the barriers to conception brought on by PCOS.
Yet another study published in September of 2014 in the World Journal of Acupuncture demonstrates the benefits of electroacupuncture on egg quality in a group of women suffering from PCOS.
For further detail into the treatment of infertility due to PCOS from the Los Angeles Acupuncture and Wellness clinic, click here.
If you would like to watch an example of an acupuncture treatment for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, view the following. This video shows the combined acupuncture treatment of fibroids and PCOS, but all the points chosen are appropriate for the treatment of PCOS. This demonstrated treatment uses an approach different from the above referenced studies.