DO I HAVE PCOS ? (Poylcystic Ovarian Syndrome)

Some of the symptoms are:

Difficulty in becoming pregnant

Weight gain or difficulty in loosing weight

Acne or oily skin

Irregular periods or none at all

Excess body or facial hair

Less hair on the head

Symptoms vary from one woman to the next, and vary in terms of whether they are mild or severe..

WHAT EXACTLY IS PCOS?

This is believed to be a very common condition related to hormones in which the ovaries don’t always release an egg at the end of the menstrual cycle. This indicates that hormone levels are not balanced and can lead to difficulty in getting pregnant. If you have polycystic ovaries your ovaries will be slightly larger than normal and you may have many more follicles.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE PCOS?

It’s not aways evident, especially for women with mild symptoms. If a woman is having trouble becoming pregnant , her weight fluctuates and a she cannot be sure when her next period is due. These factors can indicate that polycystic ovaries might be present. The contraceptive pill can stop you noticing you have PCOS. A transvaginal scan will show polycystic ovaries. Blood results will show if you have excess levels of testorone.

WHAT CAUSES PCOS?

You are more likely to have it if your mother, sisters or aunts had the condition.

You have higher level than normal of testosterone, which is often manifested in an increase in facial or body hair.

You are insilun resistant.

WHAT SHOULD DO NEXT?

Talk to your GP and get a referral to a gynaecologist

Start having acupuncture https://www.lizacupuncture.ie treatment

You will be advised by both your doctor and acupuncturist to loose weight, eat healthily and exercise. This alone could help, but be patient and allow at least three months.

If after that time you still haven’t ovulated, there are medical options that you will be offered by the gynacologist.:

Clomfiene/Clomid which stimulateds the ovaries to release eggs.

Metaformin to correct insulin resistance.

If the above medication doesn’t work gonadotrophins might be offered. This is a fertility drug and can overstimulate the ovaries. Regular scans will be able to check on developing follicles.

Surgery – a laparoscopy. To kill the tissue on the ovaries that is producing the testosterone.

IVF- the egg is retrieved, fertilized and transferred ack into the uterus.

WILL I BE ABLE TO HAVE A BABY WITH PCOS?

Medically treatment successes vary. But most women with PCOS are able to have a baby with fertility treatment. For women under 35 the success rates are higher. http://www.tommys.org

Acupuncture https://www.lizacupuncture.ie successfully regulates hormone, studies show, and increase ovarian blood flow in women with PCOS. Producing significant greater improvement when combined with usual medical care.

Ref: GU Yunxia, Li Jun, Penying (2018) “Effect of Acupuncture Combined with Western Medicine on Hormone Level and Ovarian Blood Flow in Infertile Woen with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome” Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine Vol.22 (25)pp3588-3590