Acupuncture For Women With PCOS

As readers of this website undoubtedly know, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is defined as irregular or even absent ovulation resulting in long stretches of time between menstrual cycles. Often, women with irregular ovulation are given a diagnosis of PCOS, even if they are not insulin resistant. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) sees PCOS in a few different ways, depending on how it presents in your body. Western medicine tends to treat all PCOS patients in the same way, where TCM looks at each patient’s pattern of symptoms before making a diagnosis.

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Highlights From The 2015 Philadelphia PCOS Awareness Symposium

It was a beautiful day for the first ever PCOS Awareness Symposium in Philadelphia, which took place on April 18th and was hosted by PCOS Challenge. Over 250 women with PCOS, along with parents, friends, and partners gathered for a historic and informative event that included top researchers and health care professionals in the field of PCOS. If you weren’t among the lucky attendees at the sold-out event, here are some of the highlights.

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Hidradenitis Suppurativa, Diet, And PCOS

Women with PCOS sure have their share of dermatological concerns. These include acne, excess body hair growth, and hair loss or alopecia. But there is another lesser known PCOS-related symptom that some women with the condition experience called Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS). Often referred to as “bumps” or “boils,” HS can have a significant impact on a woman’s self-esteem and body image. Recent research is showing advancements in treatment options for HS, including nutrition modifications. Here’s what you need to know.

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What Women With PCOS Should Know About Egg Freezing

“Why at twenty-eight years of age are you freezing your eggs?” I received this question a lot from family and friends. But, I didn’t let their lack of education on fertility preservation and unawareness of my diagnosis of PCOS change the decision I made for my future self. And I am forever grateful for the decision I made to freeze my eggs.

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Mindfulness: An Essential Component to PCOS Management

Let’s face it: People are more stressed than ever before and it’s not getting much better. We work hard, often times juggling more than we can handle. We care for other people. On a daily basis we are flooded with different forms of information. Smartphones, tablets, TV, radio, computers, even watches consume much of our time and attention. Attention that is not given to ourselves and our bodies. Which is why we all could use a little (or a lot) more mindfulness.

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Breastfeeding and PCOS: Maximizing Success

I’ll never forget the moment when I first learned that women with PCOS may have a difficult time breastfeeding. I had just given birth after days of labor only to have an emergency c-section. As soon as I was transferred to a hospital room, Terri, the hospital lactation consultant burst through the door. With her were piles of handouts and a contraption I had never laid eyes on before: a hospital grade breast pump. Immediately, Terri started telling me that because I have PCOS, I may experience a problem with breastfeeding. One way to minimize any risk was to start pumping milk-NOW!

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