PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) is a common disorder affecting about one in ten women of child-bearing age. Women with PCOS typically have irregular menstrual cycles, and often times do not ovulate. PCOS can often lead to problems conceiving, and studies show that acupuncture can be beneficial to individuals who struggle with PCOS.
An analysis published in Gynecological Endocrinology (March 2010) concluded acupuncture to be a safe and effective treatment for PCOS without a lot of the side effects experienced with pharmaceuticals. The study concluded that acupuncture may help PCOS by increasing blood flow to the ovaries, reducing ovarian cysts, and helping to balance hormone levels.
Acupuncture is a safe and relaxing way to help regulate a woman’s menstrual cycle and encourage ovulation. With regular acupuncture treatments, you will help to balance your body from the inside out. During an acupuncture treatment tiny, sterilized needles are inserted into specific points of the body, and then you relax and let the needles do the work. Most patients are surprised at how little they feel when the needles are inserted and how relaxed they feel afterwards. In addition to helping to cope with PCOS symptoms, it’s common to experience increased energy levels and sounder sleep with regular acupuncture visits. Who couldn’t use that?
Ashley Johnson, L.Ac., MSOM