Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS is the most common anovulatory disorder and the single most common hormonal cause of infertility.  In fact, 1 in 10 women develop PCOS in their reproductive years.  

PCOS is a complex metabolic and endocrinologic disorder that is characterized by several factors: disordered hormone signaling, high androgen levels, insulin resistance, and inflammation.  PCOS is associated with several serious medical conditions; decreased sensitivity to insulin which can lead to diabetes mellitus, increased risk to stroke and cardiovascular disease, and an association with endometrial and uterine cancers.

At Easter Bench, we treat PCOS according to the patients phenotype or presentation.  There are three phenotypes that have been identified.  Each phenotype has different characteristics which determines the types of treatments we will use.  

The primary features are elevated androgens (hyperandrogenism), menstrual dysfunction, and small, collections of fluid (follicles) that never fully develop leading to the ovaries not functioning properly and, in some cases, never releasing an egg.  It’s possible for women with PCOS to menstruate and ovulate, but irregularly.  

Proper nutrition, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle can contribute greatly to the treatment of PCOS. We suggest these lifestyle adjustments in addition to acupuncture and herbs:

– Avoid sugar, artificial sweeteners, and refined carbohydrates which impact insulin resistance. Eat only complex carbohydrates, such as whole wheat or grains, oatmeal, and brown rice.

– Eat organic foods and avoid processed foods. People who have PCOS already have a hormonal and/or chemical imbalance, and processed foods contain chemicals, additives and artificial colorings, which make it worse.

– Avoid cold food and ice cold drinks. Cold food and drinks take longer to go through the digestive system and slow the body’s metabolism. People who have PCOS usually also have a low metabolism. Having warm drinks and foods are better for PCOS sufferers.

– Maintain regular sleep patterns. Longer hours of regular sleep can play a major role in maintaining good homeostasis and general well-being.

– Avoid alcohol consumption and caffeine.

Acupuncture and herbal medicine have been shown to improve metabolic function, regulate cycles and contribute to successful pregnancy outcomes.

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Eastern Bench is a reputable wellness clinic in the Salt Lake area with a specialty in natural fertility and IVF support.  We are very dedicated to providing high quality holistic care to our clients.  To set up an appointment, please call (385)279-2410 or request an appointment online. We offer free 15 minute consultations to those who would like to learn more about our treatment options.  Please contact us by submitting this form if you should have any additional questions.

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