A polycystic ovary syndrome treatment is acupuncture, for many women. Here’s how acupuncture for PCOS works – and since PCOS can decrease fertility levels and prevent you from getting pregnant, it’s important to do everything you can to treat it!
Here’s what one woman says about acupuncture treatments and polycystic ovary syndrome:
“To our great surprise we were blessed with a third pregnancy during the PCOS study,” said Rebecca Killmeyer of Charlottesville, Virginia. “I’m absolutely certain the acupuncture treatments helped me ovulate regularly, which allowed me to become pregnant.”
Here’s a summary of the PCOS and acupuncture study she participated in. And, for more in-depth info on polycystic ovary syndrome, click on The Ultimate PCOS Handbook: Lose Weight, Boost Fertility, Clear Skin and Restore Self-Esteem.
What is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)?
Polycystic ovary syndrome is cause by unbalanced hormones, which can lead to problems getting pregnant. Five percent of women of reproductive age are affected by PCOS. Symptoms can include small cysts on their ovaries, infrequent or irregular vaginal bleeding, male-pattern hair growth, and acne. Insulin resistance and pre-diabetes also can develop.
For more info, read How Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Affects Fertility.
Acupuncture Treatments for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Rebecca Killmeyer participated in a study testing the impact of acupuncture on women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) at the University of Virginia Health System – and conceived a baby!
PCOS is connected to a hormonal imbalance, interfering with ovulation and fertility. Lisa Pastore, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UVA Health System and principle researcher of the study, believes that acupuncture could be an important alternative, non-drug therapy for women with PCOS.
“Over the last year we have seen women who never had a regular menstrual cycle start having regular periods. We can also boast several pregnancies since the study began,” said Pastore. “Now we would like to recruit more people to the study in order to complete the study. It is important for research to have enough participants to ensure that the results are scientifically credible and not due to chance.”
Other Treatments for PCOS
According to WebMD, there is no cure for polycystic ovary syndrome – but controlling it increases your fertility levels and chances of getting pregnant. Controlling it also lowers your PCOS-related risk of miscarriages, heart disease, and uterine cancer.
Regular exercise, a healthy diet, no smoking, and weight control are keys to treating polycystic ovary syndrome successfully. Prescription medications are also helpful for some women, but it depends on your body, age, and goals for the future (such as overcoming infertility issues to get pregnant!).
To learn more about acupuncture, read Acupuncture for Fertility and Pregnancy – Natural Treatments.
And if you have any questions about PCOS treatments or acupuncture, please comment below…
- Acupuncture May Help Women With PCOS. University of Virginia Health System.
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)- Treatment Overview. WebMD.