Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a common female endocrine disorder affecting about 1 in every 10 women in the UK. Many women do not have symptoms but those who do are likely to experience irregular or absent periods, problems with ovulation, hirsutism, persistent acne, hair thinning and difficulty losing weight. Blood tests will reveal abnormal hormone levels and insulin resistance. Western medical management for women with PCOS includes prescription medicines, surgery, and lifestyle changes. Women also often seek acupuncture to help manage the symptoms. Studies suggest that it may help by reducing sympathetic nerve activity and balancing hormone levels in order to reduce the number of ovarian cysts, stimulate ovulation, regulate the menstrual cycle and help control secondary effects such as obesity and anxiety.