While not spoken about as much as it should be, polycystic ovary syndrome – aka PCOS – affects nearly 10% of women in the United States and, unfortunately, is not as researched as much as it should be. Many women who suffer from PCOS fail to truly find any way to relieve their symptoms.
More often than not, many women who experience the symptoms associated with PCOS are left undiagnosed, without answers, and untreated. PCOS can cause mild symptoms, from acne and weight gain to more prevalent and severe symptoms, such as irregular periods and ovarian cysts. For those who may find themselves either medically diagnosed with PCOS or, perhaps, suffering from symptoms affiliated with PCOS, there are several ways acupuncture can help you find relief.
Regulating Hormones with Acupuncture
The actual cause of PCOS remains unknown, but one thing is sure: PCOS is associated with hormonal imbalance. Hormones play a vital role within our bodies and influence almost everything from hair growth to our skin health. Hormone imbalances are why most women with PCOS experience irregular periods, which makes getting pregnant or, at the very least, tracking your cycle much more difficult.
To help mitigate the effects of PCOS on the body, we use acupuncture to help establish more healthy, natural, and balanced hormonal and metabolic levels within the body. The act of acupuncture – inserting needles in specific body parts – promotes and increases healthy blood flow. For those suffering from PCOS or period irregularity, we target specific areas of the body where acupuncture will promote healthy blood flow within the ovaries. This approach will increase ovarian health and the overall function of the ovaries to help trigger more regular periods, which can help reduce PCOS symptoms.
During an acupuncture session, the body releases endorphins, which is why many athletes and others with injuries actively seek out acupuncturists to help with pain management. The same benefits are to women with PCOS. Releasing these endorphins will help manage the pain associated with PCOS and the discomfort of an irregular period while also helping to reduce stress levels. Reducing stress levels will help bring your body back to a more stable metabolic state, which will help those who experience weight influxes due to either PCOS or irregular cycles.
Taking the Next Step
At Sasha Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine, we specialize in women's health and understand that there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Every woman has a different experience and needs a specific plan to meet her needs.
Our goal is to ensure that you wake up every day feeling like your best self, no matter what stage of your menstrual cycle you may be experiencing. Contact us today to schedule a consultation so we can design a journey to help address all your menstruation concerns.