Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) the most common endocrine and metabolic disorder among reproductive-age women. PCOS affects 10-15% of women in Australia and is associated with symptoms such as weight gain, hair loss, irregular menstrual cycles, acne, and hirsutism (hair growth on the chin, nipples, upper lip, and belly).
Women with PCOS often take longer to fall pregnant than other women due to irregular periods or anovulatory cycles (no ovulation). Lack of ovulation often arises from elevated androgen levels such as testosterone and DHEA which can produce symptoms of cystic acne, hair loss, hirsutism, and pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS).
Many women with PCOS also have problems with insulin resistance which causes an increase of testosterone production out from the ovaries. Insulin is not the problem for all women with PCOS, particularly those who are slim or have minimal weight gain. For these women, the most likely cause is an elevation of androgen hormones produced by the adrenal glands. Excess androgens from chronic stress may cause these women to struggle with irregular cycles or infertility.
We find a multifaceted approach is the best way to target symptoms of PCOS. We aim to improve metabolism, calm inflammation, balance hormone levels and support healthy ovulation, fertility and conception. Using a a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, supplements, and nutritional therapy we cater our treatment programs to each woman’s individual constitution.
For women trying to conceive, we offer preconception programs to optimise their health and the best chance of conception and a healthy pregnancy. If you are struggling with symptoms of PCOS such as acne, difficulty conceiving, or weight issues and would like some guidance please call us to discuss how Chinese medicine and acupuncture may benefit you.