Have you been diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and are feeling overwhelmed and frustrated about what to do or where to go? Would you like to get your fertility on track to fall pregnant or do you want to just get your hormones balanced? Thankfully, acupuncture helps aid and treat PCOS related symptoms. This article will discuss the advantages of acupuncture and Chinese medicine for PCOS and where to find a qualified acupuncturist for treatment.
What is PCOS, and how does it affect women?
According to Queensland health, there is no simple diagnostic test for PCOS (1). Women will often have a range of different symptoms, which can include:
- Excessive hair on face, chest, stomach or back
- Scalp hair loss
- Polycystic ovaries (seen on ultrasound)
- Obesity, easy weight gain, or swollen belly
- Infertility or reduced fertility
- Irregular or absent menstrual periods.
How acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can assist with PCOS
A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomised Controlled Trials of women with PCOS showed that acupuncture can (2):
- Regulate sex hormones
- Improve blood circulation to the lower abdomen and ovaries
- Increase egg quality
- Increase chances of conception
What to expect during treatment and consultation for Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
Your practitioner will start your appointment with a comprehensive intake and consultation. Treatment will consist of acupuncture and Chinese medicine and you may be given Chinese herbs in the form of granules or pills. The treatment can take anywhere from 45-60mins, depending on your individual needs and you will be advised to continue this for up to 3 cycles. Minimal treatment is usually needed once hormones and cycle are regulated.
It is essential to find a practitioner with experience and an understanding of treating PCOS, and here at Haynes Acupuncture on the Gold Coast, we have many practitioners suited for you.
Questions or still unsure if we can help you? Give us a call on 5531 6461 to chat to us, or you can book online here.
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- Queensland Health, 2022, 7 signs you might have polycystic ovarian syndrome, https://www.health.qld.gov.au/news-events/news/7-signs-you-might-have-polycystic-ovarian-syndrome
- Pubmed, 2021., Jiayu Hu et al., Complementary and Alternative Medicine for the Treatment of Abnormal Endometrial Conditions in Women with PCOS: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials