Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS is a condition where an irregular or no ovulation results in the long breaks in time for menstrual cycles.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome in simple term is the formation of cysts in the ovaries. PCOS patients do have male hormones (testosterone) in high amount in the body, and this inevitably makes ovulation difficult coupled with other challenges with metabolism. PCOS makes fertility difficult in most sufferers even with the use of drugs like clomiphene. Natural pregnancy or IVF becomes impossible to achieve with this condition.
When PCOS is left unattended to, other complication such as heart attacks, high blood pressure, high level of cholesterol and diabetes can ensue. Lack of regular menstruation can also lead to endometrial hyperplasia with continuous bleeding and such a person stand the risk of endometrial cancer. Other diseases such a patient can suffer as a result of PCOS are cervical and breast cancer with cardiovascular disease. The best way to prevent these listed complications is early detection and treatment of PCOS.
Symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Notable signs of PCOS include the following:
– Irregular or absence of menstrual cycles
– Sore breast
– Pain in the pelvic
– Oily skin and acne
– Mood swing
– Dandruff and sudden hair growth
– Cyst in ovaries
– Weight gain around the waist
– Depression coupled with anxiety
– Thinning of hair and baldness
– Sleep apnoea
– Skin tags in the arm or neck
Acupuncture for Treatment for PCOS
For us to appreciate acupuncture treatment offers in the treatment of PCOS, we need to consider what western medicines have to offer in the treatment of PCOS. In the treatment of PCOS, a doctor prescribes progesterone to regulate period. When progesterone intake is stopped, it automatically triggers the shedding and thinning of the uterus lining which comes with heavy bleeding. This cost a woman so much, and it’s not a pleasant experience. This procedure in no way cures PCOS in such a patient neither will the drug stabilize period in the future. This proofs that synthetic drugs only manage the symptoms of PCOS without complete treatment of the disease. Withdrawal of the drugs will bring about a full return of the all the symptoms, meaning the root of PCOS is not dealt with. Another side effect of the use of synthetic progesterone is that it suppresses the function of the ovary by altering natural body hormones.
On the other hand, acupuncture offers different benefits in the treatment of PCOS. Apart from treating the symptoms of PCOS, it helps fertility and also prevents miscarriage in pregnant women.
For acupuncture procedure, needles are inserted into the skin at acupuncture points peculiar to the part of the body that needs treatment. The needle together with electric stimulation causes a relay of the signal to the brain through the spinal cord. The part of the brain responsible for the ovary decodes the information and decrease the production of male hormones in the ovaries.
Also, acupuncture increases the flow of blood to the uterus which helps the thickness of the uterine wall and increases the production of endorphin. This endorphin helps in the release of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) which is essential for reproduction. Acupuncture also reduces stress hormones that are also a factor that can cause infertility. Another boost acupuncture gives to fertility includes normalizing plasma levels of fertility hormones which include Estradiol (E2), luteinizing hormone (LH), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and progesterone. It also regulates menstruation by normalizing the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis.
In the case of IVF, acupuncture can help increase the follicles, improving the environment of the uterine by helping the uterine wall thicken and relax uterine muscles. It is recommended that for a successful in-vitro preparation, four weeks twice a week treatment is administered to the patient. This treatment will help the adequate flow of blood to the uterus.
Lastly, acupuncture helps a pregnant woman. First, it helps in preventing miscarriages and likely tendencies. Secondly, it contributes to minimizing usual symptoms peculiar to the first trimester of pregnancy.
Acupuncture remains a perfect and efficient treatment for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Seeking help from a qualified acupuncturist will not only save the cost and pain related to PCS, but it will also prevent related complication.
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