Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS (also known as Stein-Leventhal syndrome), is the most common hormonal disorder among women of reproductive age, affecting approximately 1 in 15 women, which is about 10% of all women.

What are the Symptoms?

Many women with PCOS have no symptoms, however, most will have one or more of the following:

  • Weight gain or obesity
  • Elevated cholesterol levels
  • Excessive and/or abnormal hair growth on their body
  • Irregular periods or absence of periods (amenorrhea)
  • Acne and/or excessive facial hair
  • Thinning of the hair on the head
  • Enlarged ovaries with cysts
  • Insulin resistance

Women with PCOS encounter:

  • A 40% higher risk of diabetes by the age of 40 and an increase for gestational diabetes
  • Increased cardiovascular risk; PCOS is a marker for heart disease
  • Increased weight gain and difficulty losing weight
  • Cystic ovaries, infertility, and endometrial cancer
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Infertility

Insulin resistance causes insulin and glucose to build up in the bloodstream. High insulin levels increase the production of male hormones called androgens, causing symptoms such as body hair growth, acne, irregular periods, and weight gain. Because the weight gain is triggered by male hormones, abdominal fat/belly fat is considered the most dangerous kind of fat because it is associated with an increased risk of heart disease and other health conditions.

Treating PCOS: 

The goal in treating PCOS is to focus on nutrition/diet and weight loss. One of the goals is to balance out blood sugar so that there is a decrease in insulin resistance that will improve insulin sensitivity.

Functional/Chinese medicine treats the underlying causes and imbalances with PCOS to correct the problem at its root, allowing your body to self-regulate and return to a normal menstrual cycle. At AHS, we utilize time-tested protocols which include Acupuncture, nutritional support, stress management, and specific herbal medicines to assist you in returning to a normal cycle, reducing weight, improving your skin, and reducing excessive hair growth.

Service We Provide: 

At Advanced Healthcare Solutions, we believe in individualized care. That is why we design and formulate a customized treatment plan specifically for you. Using a combination of the following techniques, we have achieved excellent results for our patients.

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture helps balance hormones, reduce insulin resistance, and improve menstrual regularity.

Nutritional Counseling Proper nutrition is crucial for managing PCOS. Our experts provide dietary guidance to help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

Herbal Medicine Specific herbal medicines can help regulate the menstrual cycle, reduce androgen levels, and alleviate PCOS symptoms.

Stress Management Reducing stress is essential for managing PCOS. We offer stress management techniques and mind-body connection exercises to help you relax and reduce anxiety.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What causes PCOS?

PCOS is caused by an imbalance of reproductive hormones, which can lead to issues with the ovaries, such as irregular periods or no periods at all. It can also cause an overproduction of androgens, leading to symptoms like excessive hair growth and acne.

How does Acupuncture help in treating PCOS?

Acupuncture helps to balance hormones, reduce insulin resistance, and improve blood flow to the ovaries, which can help regulate the menstrual cycle and reduce PCOS symptoms.

What are the benefits of treating PCOS with Functional/Chinese medicine?

Functional/Chinese medicine addresses the root cause of PCOS, helps balance hormones, reduces insulin resistance, and improves overall health, leading to better management of PCOS symptoms.

Why Choose Us?

At Advanced Healthcare Solutions, your experience will be unlike any other. Our center is nurturing, warm, inviting, and cheerful. We have designed Advanced Healthcare Solutions to reflect our purpose of reducing stress and enhancing the health of your body. Our highly qualified, dedicated staff are among the best-trained in the United States. We have excellent relationships with many specialists and general practitioners in North Carolina and combine our techniques with their expertise on your behalf.

Contact us today for a Complimentary Consultation. Our specialists will be glad to answer your questions and help you reach your goal of managing PCOS and improving your overall health.