PCOS And How We Can Help
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a common cause of infertility in many women.It affects 6-10% of women in Canada. Like any disease, there are more severe cases and some less so, but whatever the degree, it accounts for a significant proportion of women trying to conceive. If you have been diagnosed with PCOS, there are some treatment options for you here at acubalance.
What is PCOS and how is it Diagnosed?
Diagnosing PCOS can be tricky, as many of the typical symptoms overlap with other conditions, which should be ruled out. Strictly speaking, the diagnosis is based on three main criteria: excess serum androgens (male hormones), multiple ovarian cysts on ultrasound, and oligo-ovulation or an-ovulation. However, there are many other signs that tend to show up in women with PCOS that can also be part of the picture. Here are some typical symptoms in addition to the main diagnostic ones which may lead your physician to consider PCOS as a possibility.
Excess hair all over the body, including the face (hirsutism)
Weight gain and obesity, particularly central weight gain
Increased blood sugar
Because PCOS is considered a metabolic syndrome, it is commonly seen with a diabetes-like picture, such as central weight gain, elevated blood pressure, high triglycerides, and low HDL cholesterol. However this is not always the case. Often women with PCOS are lean with no excess hair growth.
Treatments for PCOS
The good news is that there is lots you can do for PCOS, some of which are dietary shifts and exercise that you can do yourself at home. The first thing I recommend for my PCOS patients is a low carbohydrate, low GI, low inflammatory diet which is also relatively high in fibre. This sounds like a lot of stipulations, but once you get past the initial learning curve (finding recipes, buying the right ingredients, learning to prepare/plan your meals) it’s just as manageable as any other type of diet. Check out this great resourse for more details on diet and PCOS.
Another thing I commonly recommend are our Acubalance PCOS protocol supplements. My usual recommendations are
Here’s a link to explain why we use these very important substances in the treatment of PCOS.
Acupuncture and Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT)
LLLT is the newest addition to our tool kit here at Acubalance. For a couple of years now we’ve been using it on our PCOS patients and seeing a big pay-off. It leads to more frequent menstruation and ovulation; less heavy and painful periods; reduced systemic inflammation. This recent study showed that LLLT improved ovarian function.
Acupuncture is also powerful medicine for reducing inflammation and improving blood flow into the reproductive organs. It does this by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system and thereby redirecting blood flow into the pelvic organs. This way, we can help improve egg quality by nourishing the environment in which those eggs do all of their development and maturation.
For a little inspiration, here’s a link to an article about a success story. Meet an Acubalance patient who followed the protocol and conceived naturally after two failed IVFs.
If you have any questions about your own health picture, please call Acubalance today and book your free 15 minute consultation.