Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) can present differently in each woman affected. Additionally, many symptoms might be attributed to other factors making it difficult to receive a diagnosis. Women with PCOS typically have irregular periods. The name Polycystic is actually a misnomer - rather than cysts some women may develop many small collections of fluid (follicles) on their ovaries but many do not. Common symptoms may include any of the following:

  • Irregular, absent or heavy periods

  • Unwanted hair growth

  • Thinning hair on the head

  • Cystic acne

  • Weight gain

  • Fatigue

  • High levels of testosterone upon testing

  • Sleep problems

  • Infertility

Chinese medicine is particularly well suited to treat PCOS because, instead of treating specific symptoms individually, Chinese medicine seeks to treat the whole person and their unique presentation of this complex syndrome. Struggling with PCOS? Call or text 619-302-7589 to learn more.

PCOS and Trying to Conceive

PCOS can be particularly frustrating for women trying to conceive -  especially when dealing with irregular or absent periods. Research has shown that acupuncture can reduce some of the harmful factors that prevent ovaries from functioning as they should. Acupuncture has been shown, for example, to increase the frequency of ovulation and of higher quality eggs by reducing hormones like testosterone and luteinizing hormone (LH) levels. From the Chinese medical perspective we believe we must lay the right foundation for conception: regulating reproductive hormones, ensuring a healthy endometrium, and prompting the body to ovulate regularly all contribute to this aim. Additionally, acupuncture during the stimulation phase of IVF and after embryo transfer have been shown to reduce the risk of hyperstimulation.

If you have PCOS and are trying to conceive naturally or planning to do IVF you can benefit from doing a course of treatments over a few months (3-4 is ideal) to improve both egg quality and ovarian function. We follow the protocols born out of research and recommend a treatment schedule of acupuncture 1 – 3 times a week until regular ovulation is re-established, until you conceive or for 3 months in preparation before IVF. Call us today.