September is PCOS awareness month, and in the spirit of sharing more about the condition and how we help our patients manage it, I wanted to dive deeper into some of the lesser known symptoms. Could you have PCOS?
PCOS is one of the most common gynecological and metabolic disorders that has an impact on fertility. It is characterized by long, irregular cycles, insulin resistance, cysts/immature follicles on the ovaries, or high androgen levels.
Wherever you are in your journey, whether you’re starting to think about future fertility, currently trying to conceive, or working with a fertility clinic, it can feel overwhelming. There is no shortage of information, advice, or “fertility hacks”. The wait times between your fertility doctor appointments can feel long, sometimes with questions left unanswered, such as:
So you have been diagnosed with PCOS, now what? Often your doctor will suggest the birth control pill if you are not trying to conceive, or an ovulation induction medication like Clomid or Letrozole if you are. A lot of people are left wondering, ‘what else can I do?’
A while back I created a tea recipe that helped with regulating blood sugar and improving egg quality. As it is now winter, meaning coziness and cravings are in full force, I thought I would update it with a festive feel. I have also modified it into two recipes:
I wanted to share a unique case study seen here at Acubalance and more importantly the challenges my fertility patients experience and the persiste
I offer Belief change work also referred to as conscious work or energy psychology.
The focus is to take your body out of a state of alarm (sympathetic mode) because when we are in the fight or flight mode our energy is mobilized for survival and our resources are not available for creativity, reproduction and healing.
Lindsey, a 28 year old, came to me in March having suffered from amenorrhea (lack of menstruation) for nearly two years since she discontinued taking the birth control pill. She knew she wanted to eventually start trying to conceive and decided to come off the pill after having been on it for 10 years. When she did, however, her period never showed up.
CW: pregnancy, childbirth, new baby, pandemic
Please note: This blog is about pregnancy, delivery and motherhood. For those currently trying to get pregnant, this blog could be be a trigger for you.
I am even more motivated now to do what I can within my naturopathic abilities (and our clinic's acupuncture and laser sessions) to help you optimize your fertility, whether TTC naturally or through IVF. I will have more blog posts specifically for those of you TTC (and I have lots posted on our site for you to read) during the coming weeks and months. I see a diverse group of patients at Acubalance: fertility, IVF, general gynecology, digestive and autoimmune health issues, migraines, anxiety, menopause, and pregnancy & postpartum to name a few. This blog is specific to those who are pregnant now or gave birth during the 2020/2021 pandemic.