Posts tagged #pcos

Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

Miscarriage occurs in up to 1 out of 4 pregnancies, and for some women, this can be a recurring event. 

Birth of a healthy baby depends upon a unique and intricate set of events including fertilization of an embryo, successful implantation, adaptation of the mother's hormones and physiology to the baby, ability to grow a placenta to meet the baby's needs, appropriate growth of the uterus and cervix, and precise growth of the baby and timing of birth. That's a lot!

Anywhere in that process, something can go wrong, and in some women, it occurs repeatedly. Conditions including autoimmunity, polycystic ovarian syndrome, diabetes, and physical abnormalities can result in recurrent pregnancy loss.

Pregnancy is divided into three stages: conception to week 4, weeks 5-9, and then weeks 10-delivery. Most of pregnancy losses occur in the earlier two stages, often associated with genetic factors. while later miscarriage is more frequently autoimmune or anatomic. 

The evaluation of recurrent pregnancy loss includes a complete medical history and investigation into other conditions, family medical history, physical exam, and laboratory evaluation.

Depending on your specific history, stage of pregnancy loss, and laboratory tests, treatment will be individualized to address your specific needs.

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Posted on November 7, 2014 .

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.

Still have questions? Come in and learn more, we are located in the heart of Overland Park and are happy to address your concerns.

Posted on November 3, 2014 .

Environmental Exposures: Tips for Reproductive Health

Environmental exposures to certain toxins can affect your overall health, especially your reproductive health. Studies show the association with toxins and diseases, including endometriosis with pesticide exposure, Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and BPA, mercury with lower IQ, pregnancy loss and pesticides, pthalates with behavioral changes in young girls, BPA with obesity, and the list goes on...

What can you do? Avoid as much as possible the following:

Most common in high mercury fish and skin-lightening creams. Highest in the following fish: mackerel, marlin, orange roughy, shark, swordfish, tilefish and TUNA

Older homes often have lead paint, which can be breathed directly or touched. Ensure proper testing before any home remodeling.  Along with old paint, lead can also be found in playground equipment including artificial turf, or even dirt.  A great way to prevent this lead from being spread through your house is to take off your shoes upon entering your home and not wearing them inside. 

Always try to buy organic foods, especially those classified as the worst on the Environmental Working Group's Dirty Dozen list, and when not buying organic be sure to wash in an acid-based cleaner (such as vinegar). 

BPA is found in high concentrations in receipts and canned foods. Avoid receipts if you can, and store them seperately, such as in a small envelope. Limit intake of canned foods, and chose BPA-free canned foods when possible. Avoid polycarbonate plastic bottles, steel or glass are better.

Pthalates are found it soft plastics, such as PVC and vinyl products. They are also used in cosmetics and personal care products (often labeled as "fragrance") such as nail polish, cologne, shampoo, hand lotion. Pthalates are also found in vinyl flooring, insect repellant, ziploc plastics, dairy products, any plastics with recycling codes 3 or 7. And unfortunately, since PVC pipe is what is used for most water pipes today, pthalates are commonly found in drinking water, but the good news is that these are easily filtered with a charcoal filter.