Ovulatory Disorders / PCOS

Ovulation Disorders

At Inner Peace Acupuncture & Wellness, a significant number of cases we treat are related to ovulation disorders. Ovulation is the single most important event in a woman’s menstrual cycle. Without it, conception is impossible. It is also the most-common cause of infertility in women. The hormonal inner-workings the menstrual cycle are so complex that even the smallest deviations can disrupt the ovulation process.

Ovulation disorders include:

  • Amenorrhea
  • Anovulation
  • PCOS
  • Premature Ovarian Failure (POF)
  • Resistant Ovarian Syndrome

Western medical treatments generally involve induction of ovulation with medication such as Clomid or Femara. In Chinese medicine, we recognize that the reproductive system is comprised of many systems working together. Our treatments focus on identifying the underlying root causes of ovulation problems, and improving overall health. Many of our patients are able to ovulate naturally without the use of fertility drugs after a series of treatments.

There are however, certain situations where medication is necessary to regulate ovulation. In that case, acupuncture and Chinese medicine can still help to enhance the effects of the medication and to improve ovarian response.

Our signature program Full Circle Fertility is a practical way of optimizing the mind and body to stimulate ovulation, and induce ovulation naturally.  A Fertility Acupuncturist will customize a treatment protocol that includes:

  • Acupuncture
  • Diet and lifestyle recommendations
  • Supplements
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Chinese herbal medicine

If you have any questions on how acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can help you with ovulation difficulties, contact us at (704) 307-7821.

 

PCOS

Poly-cystic ovarian syndrome, also known as poly-cystic ovary disease (PCOD) is the leading cause of anovulation in women, and a major cause of infertility. It is said to affect 10 percent of women of reproductive age and up to 90 percent of women with irregular menstrual cycles.

Blood work, menstrual irregularity, and/or an ultrasound will confirm the diagnosis of PCOS. The approach from a Chinese medicine perspective is to treat underlying health issues that are causing the hormonal imbalance.

Women with PCOS often have elevated male hormones that interfere with the normal production of female hormone, estrogen. This disrupts ovulation, creates multiple cysts on ovaries caused by formation of many immature eggs. Some women with PCOS have no symptoms, most will have one or more of the following:

  • Obesity
  • Excessive hair growth
  • Enlarged ovaries with many small cysts
  • Insulin resistance
  • Acne
  • Irregular or absent menstruation

During the initial consultation at Inner Peace Acupuncture & Wellness, areas that need improvement are identified. Acupuncture treatments and Chinese herbal prescriptions, along with diet and lifestyle modifications will regulate the hormones, decrease insulin resistance, stabilize weight, and induce ovulation.

After a few months of treatment, many patients will start to notice signs of ovulation such as mid-cycle spike in basal body temperature, and increase in fertile cervical mucus. Menstrual cycles will become more regular; long cycles will shorten. Skin will eventually clear and excess hair will diminish. Pregnancy usually follows shortly after as well!

If you have been diagnosed with PCOS and want to heal,  contact us at (704) 307-7821 or send us an inquiry by clicking contact us.