PCOS – Managing and Treating Fertility Problems
What is PCOS? Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine system disorder among women of reproductive age often causing ovulation problems and infertility.
What are some of the common signs of PCOS?
- infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods
- excess hair growth
- these can all occur in women with polycystic ovary syndrome.
There is no one way to diagnose PCOS, but strong indicators can include high testosterone levels, signs of PCOS on an ultrasound and physical characteristics.
The exact cause of PCOS is unknown and current treatment methods can vary depending on how the disorder presents, but they can include various types of birth control pills or a pharmaceutical drug called Metformin commonly used for handling blood sugar issues.
Many women choose to either address their symptoms more naturally or would like to include Chinese Medicine to help other treatment methods be more effective even more quickly. If PCOS is impacting you and/or your fertility, Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can help!
"My husband and I came to Jana after 18 months of trying to conceive and after 2 miscarriages. I was at my wits end. I was so emotionally drained from the different drugs and procedures. Each month riding what felt like a roller coaster of hope, excitement, disappointment and despair. It was really hard not to be completely obsessed with it all. Charting, temping, ovulation tests, IUIs, follow up blood work...it was all so exhausting! Jana helped balance that. Although she was treating me for fertility, she was focused on helping balance me so that when I did get pregnant again, I could sustain it. When I felt anxious, she helped calm me, when I was feeling hopeless and low, she helped pick me up. My husband has never been a huge believer in eastern medicine, but after he saw how much Jana helped me, he quickly climbed aboard. When I would have a rough day, or a disappointing day in my cycle, his first words would be, "Can you go see Jana?" I saw Jana for 7 months, and when I finally got that wonderful positive pregnancy test, I felt more assured that my body was in a good place to support a pregnancy. Although I was working with a reproductive endocrinologist, I believe Jana is the reason I am holding this pregnancy. All of my doctors were so focused on just getting me pregnant, but Jana was focused on helping me stay that way. Thank you Jana from the bottom of my heart for all you have done for me and our growing family!"
- Fertility:M.C & S.T
"Jana, if it had not been for you and your superb acupuncture therapy and your caring, accepting nature, Meghan and I would not have had such a magnificent experience conceiving, growing, and delivering this breathtaking baby girl! You were there to help get Meghan ready to conceive- getting her ready to create a life! You helped us get past the days of sadness for the lost first attempt, to the exuberance of a positive pregnancy test from the doctors office. You got us through the morning sickness and days upon days of saltines, pretzels and water to days of hunger that could not be satiated fast enough, resulting in the treks across Thornton hunting the best Chile Rellenos, or Mickey D’s for Dr. Pepper and French Fries. You eased Meghan’s mind from too many nights of dreaming dreams that belong to someone else, and heartburn that could make the devil scream in pain. You released stress and opened arteries for feet that no longer resembled thee feet of a human. Then there is the back pain and inability to get a full night’s sleep- (which you will not get again until this child is at least 13 anyway), the moment to moment self-questioning ‘am I going to be a good mom?’ what if… this and that…. When… how… what… where… you were there for all of it. You got us through- when we got to the last week before she was due- we thought that she was going to be the biggest baby in the world and it was time for her to come out of there---- ‘get her feet out of my ribs’ ‘get her head off of my bladder’ ‘I can’t sit, stand, lay, or sleep- I am famished, but there is no room for my stomach past one bite of food. There you were again- calming and reassuring and 2 days later----the sound of a woman’s water breaking at 5:15 in the morning is one of the most amazing sounds in the world…. And 29 and a half hours later she’s here, the most stunning baby girl in the whole world! So thank you, thank you for being you. Thank you for helping us experience the most marvelous experience in the life. We know it would not have been as amazing as it was if it had not been for you."
- Fertility:Adrienne and Dave F.
"My husband and I had been trying to get pregnant for 8 months when our doctor recommended acupuncture. Jana told us it would be 3-6 months of weekly treatments, but it happened in 5 weeks! So far I feel great and we can't wait to welcome this baby into our family."