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  • Writer's pictureDr. H. Singh, ND

Supporting PCOS Fertility with an Innovative Treatment Option

For some patients dealing with polycystic ovarian syndrome, revolves around, supporting, regular and healthy ovulation while for another patient it could manifest as hirsutism and insulin resistance.

What causes PCOS?

Leading research has suggested what is called the two hit theory. This theory suggests that the development of PCOS depends on one contributing factor in-utero, and another that can occur later in life. Contributing factors that can increase the likelihood of polycystic ovarian syndrome in offspring while in-utero include elevated anti-mullerian hormone levels or hyperandrogenism. It is hypothesized that this can change epigenetic coding and potentially increase the likelihood of developing a PCOS phenotype. Contributing factors later in life could cause a 'second hit' to trigger PCOS symptoms to manifest. These stressors can include inflammatory stressors, such as, insulin resistance or increased weight.

Laser Acupuncture for PCOS

Low level laser acupuncture for the treatment of PCOS may help provide support and a solution for patient struggling with low-grade, chronic inflammation, and the health issues it contributes to with PCOS. A clinical trial found that application of low level laser acupuncture in the management of PCOS, along with dietary modifications, was able to improve both hormonal health and metabolic health, compared to a control group that only received advice for dietary modifications.

A separate clinical study found that including laser acupuncture was able to help induce ovulation in patients with PCOS. They found that patients that received laser acupuncture saw improved outcomes when compared to patients that only receive placebo laser acupuncture. Both treatment and control groups were also given the same dietary recommendations.

How does Laser Acupuncture improve PCOS symptoms?

Larger trials are still needed help establish the causative mechanisms behind laser acupuncture that can support treatment for PCOS. The researchers hypothesize that laser acupuncture (which has been observed in other applications to reduce inflammation) may target nerves innervating the ovary and help reduce secretion of inflammatory mediators, thereby reducing androgen hormone production and improving insulin sensitivity. Acupuncture has also been shown to modulate levels of B-endorphins in the central nervous system and reduce its sympathetic activity, reducing cortisol levels and modulating secretion of the GnRH, LH and FSH hormones from the pituitary gland.

This article is being shared as educational content and is in no way a replacement for medical advice or medical care, it is advised that anyone concerned about their Health should speak with their Naturopathic Doctor. Please discuss with your healthcare provider and only make changes to your medications regimen if recommended by your doctor and under their guidance and supervision.

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