There’s an intrinsic link between polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and fertility. The good news is managing your PCOS symptoms can boost your fertility. Learn how.

Every woman’s pregnancy journey is unique. However, it can become complex when polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is part of the equation. PCOS is one of the most common hormonal disorders in women of reproductive age, affecting around one in ten women globally.  

One of the most frequently asked questions women living with PCOS ask is, “Can I get pregnant if I have PCOS?” In short, the answer is yes.  

At Acupuncture Health Services in Shrewsbury, New Jersey,  Michael Beys, LAc, DACm, a skilled acupuncturist, understands the complexities of PCOS and fertility. 

He develops personalized treatment plans to improve hormonal balance, regulate menstrual cycles, and potentially increase the likelihood of ovulation in women with PCOS. 

In this article, we dive into the relationship between PCOS and infertility and how acupuncture can help

What is PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal imbalance disorder that affects women’s ovaries. It’s characterized by enlarged ovaries, irregular periods, excess androgens — male hormones, and numerous tiny fluid-filled sacs surrounding your eggs. 

PCOS makes it difficult for women with the condition to conceive. This is because women with PCOS often experience irregular or no ovulation. However, having PCOS does not mean that pregnancy is impossible. It just means your path to pregnancy might look a little different and possibly more challenging. 

PCOS and fertility

Although PCOS poses specific challenges, many women with the condition have been able to conceive and give birth to a healthy baby. While women with PCOS may require a longer or more comprehensive approach to get pregnant, it is crucial to understand that PCOS is treatable. 

The primary issue for women with PCOS is irregular or no ovulation. This makes the timing of conception more challenging but not impossible. With the right interventions and strategies, ovulation can be induced, increasing your chances of getting pregnant. 

How acupuncture can help 

Acupuncture is a critical part of traditional Chinese medicine and has been used for centuries to treat various conditions, including hormonal imbalances like PCOS. By inserting fine needles into specific points on the body, acupuncture can help restore your body’s natural balance and promote overall wellness. 

Several scientific studies suggest that acupuncture can help regulate menstrual cycles and stimulate ovulation, which are critical for conception. By reducing the levels of male hormones typically seen in PCOS, acupuncture can also help manage common symptoms, such as weight gain, hair growth, and acne. 

The path to parenthood isn’t always easy, but with evidence-based interventions like acupuncture, and patience, your dream of having a baby can become a reality.  

Having PCOS is just a part of your journey, not the end of it, and at Acupuncture Health Services, we are here to help.  

Begin by scheduling an appointment with us or calling 732-898-2284.

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