Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome & Infertility

Polycystic ovarian syndrome affects over 10% of women, characterized by irregular periods, excess male hormones, and cysts on the ovaries. PCOS is a complex condition with many contributing factors, but no known direct cause. Women with PCOS often have insulin resistance (and are at a risk for diabetes), elevated lipids, and increased inflammatory markers.

Standard conventional treatment involves being placed on the birth control pill, which is less than ideal for women looking to conceive. Other than artificial reproductive technology, infertility treatments for PCOS is lacking. Fortunately, naturopathic alternatives are available, including appropriate laboratory investigation, lifestyle intervention, nutritional supplementation, acupuncture, and botanical medicines. These interventions are evidence based and cutting edge to provide regulation of hormones, cycles, and ovulation.

Here's the 4-1-1 on acupuncture and PCOS:

Acupuncture improved insulin sensitivity

It may help normalized hormones including DHEA, estrogens, and testosterone

Induces ovulation

Increases effectiveness of Artificial Reproductive Technology

Acupuncture is associated with better outcome for life birth rates

Improves male infertility


Acupuncture is only one method of addressing polycystic ovarian syndrome. Combined with an individualized and comprehensive treatment plan including nutritional supplementation, botanical formulations, homeopathy, and lifestyle intervention.

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Posted on November 3, 2014 .