Acupuncture for PCOS

by Maria Jones

Acupuncture for PCOS

My niece was recently diagnosed with PCOS. As a family we had noticed she was gaining weight steadily from puberty onwards which seemed strange as teenagers usually go through a slim stage as their height increases. Her mother put it down to boarding school food and snacking in the dorm, but when she started attending college and her weight was interfering with her ability to participate in activities her mother took her off to find answers from medical professionals.

The results came back. She had Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) a hormonal disorder that affects women of reproductive age, characterized by the presence of multiple cysts on the ovaries, irregular menstrual cycles, and high levels of androgens (male hormones) in the body. The exact cause of PCOS is unknown but a combination of genetic and environmental factors could contribute, say the experts.

Experts believe insulin resistance and hormonal imbalances play a significant role in the development of PCOS. The experts did warn that it was not a given that PCOS renders you infertile,  but it does make conception challenging due to lack of, or irregular, ovulation.

Frightened by the medical warning my niece decided she had to take action. She used acupuncture for PCOS as a complementary therapy to help manage her symptoms. It helped regulate her menstrual cycles, reduce insulin resistance, decrease androgen levels, and improve her fertility outcomes. By improving the flow of  Qi (Chi) or life force, blood flow increased which in turn helped balance hormones. As she lost weight it also helped reduce stress, so instead of hiding under tent-like dresses she could go shopping for clothes suited to a young woman in her early twenties.

Dr Ma explained that acupuncture can help you conceive if you have PCOS by addressing the underlying hormonal imbalances and promoting regular ovulation. He also mentioned that it can also improve the quality of eggs and the thickness of the uterine lining, which are essential for successful conception.

“I would recommend, lifestyle changes such as diet modifications, exercise, stress reduction techniques, and herbal medicine,” continues Dr Ma who has studied women’s fertility intensively and has years of experience in this field.

He says that, “While acupuncture cannot cure PCOS, it can help manage its symptoms and improve overall well-being.” He mentions that there have been several studies showing the effectiveness of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in managing PCOS symptoms. “These studies have demonstrated improvements in menstrual regularity, hormone levels, insulin sensitivity, and fertility outcomes in women with PCOS who received acupuncture treatments,” adding, “however, more research is needed to further validate these findings.”

If you are struggling with PCOS don’t suffer any longer. Make an appointment with Dr Ma for a comprehensive approach to managing your PCOS. My niece is now happily married. Although she still has to watch her weight and her hormone levels, she recently gave birth to a beautiful and healthy baby girl.