Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a female endocrine disorder, is a common condition that I am treating more and more often in my clients.

PCOS is a condition in which there is an imbalance of a woman’s female sex hormones. This hormone imbalance may cause changes in the menstrual cycle, skin changes, small cysts in the ovaries, infertility, and other problems.

Hormones help regulate the normal development of eggs in the ovaries during each menstrual cycle. PCOS is related to an imbalance in these female sex hormones. Too much androgen hormone, usually testerone, is made, along with changes in other hormone levels.

While it is not completely understood why or how the changes in the hormone levels occur, a recent study demonstrates that acupuncture can help with PCOS.

“The study shows that both acupuncture and exercise reduce high levels of testosterone and lead to more regular menstruation,” says associate professor Elisabet Stener-Victorin, who is responsible for the study. “Of the two treatments, the acupuncture proved more effective.”

If you have been diagnosed with PCOS, have you tried acupuncture? Let us help you.