Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is the most common female endocrine disorder. In the U.S., as many as 5 million women, teens, and girls (5%-10% of all females) have received this diagnosis.
When a woman has PCOS, the capsule of her ovaries is thicker than normal and has a waxy texture. Many fluid-filled cysts exist inside the ovary, which are eggs (follicles) that tried to develop properly but couldn't because of low levels of FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone). These cysts and the connective tissue around them produce androgens (male hormones).
Because testosterone and estrogen have a similar chemical make-up, the brain detects the circulating levels of hormones and thinks the LH and FSH surge (which initiates ovulation) has occurred. Because the body believes it has already ovulated, it inhibits further ovulation. Which, for the woman with PCOS, means no ovulation occurs at all.
If you're struggling with infertility, like so many of the women and men I meet, there is hope. There is hope. And you are not alone. Use acupuncture to reduce your stress and you will do yourself, your family, and your future baby, a deep service.
Some practitioners believe that stress reduction is the most important and fundamental effect that acupuncture has on the human being. Stress has such a major effect on all of our body systems, and ultimately damages our health if we are experiencing it daily, that it becomes imperative to find modalities and self-care routines that reduce chronic stress. LIke acupuncture.
Let me explain. When your body is under stress the several things occur in rapid succession.
First, the nerves which perceived a threat or difficulty transmit the message to the amygdala, the part of your brain that aids decision-making and emotions. Should you run? Hide? Freeze with terror? How you respond to a threat is determined by your amygdala.
Did you know that acupuncture can SIGNIFICANTLY increase your fertility? It can. Dramatically. I had one patient come to me who had been trying for 7 years with no success. After 3 months of acupuncture, she was pregnant.
Acupuncture, as I will say many times in this blog, is a powerful way that miracles are transmitted and received. Amazing things can happen when a person comes to the right acupuncturist (for that individual) with a strong intention and a heart full of sincere need.
Let me tell you about some of the fertility research that's been happening in the last few years.
The latest acupuncture for fertility research shows that acupuncture increased fertility via IVF success rates by 29%. Twenty-nine women who became pregnant, wouldn't have if they hadn't received acupuncture treatment. That's huge.
The interesting thing about this study is that it only used women who had 2 previous IVF failures. These are the women who were not having success wit...
I love acupuncture, shiatsu, herbs, and Chinese Medicine (CM). I have been in love with them since 1995, when I first saw a poster of the energy meridians on the wall of a shiatsu practitioner. When I saw the energy channels and the acupuncture points I said: WHAT IS THAT? Elsi (my practitioner told me and I replied: WOW!!! I must learn everything about that!
And so it began.
Since that day my love for acupuncture and Chinese medicine has only increased. It is so beautiful, so deep, and so comprehensive. It is spiritual and elegant and at the same time incredibly practical and down-to-earth.
As a tradition, it contains the accumulated wisdom of thousands of practitioners who have practiced over thousands of years. It is an immense body of knowledge that spans all aspects of human life and existence.
I feel so blessed to be part of this tradition. Not only because it is so amazing, but because it is so helpful.
Chinese medicine helps so many people--millions of people...