What is polycystic ovarian syndrome?
Polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS is a gynecological problem that these days, has become more and more widespread, especially among younger women. The typical symptoms of PCOS include overweight, development of hair on the face and legs, irregular period and infertility. Used to be a problem for overweight women, nowadays, PCOS also affects skinny women, which can influence their ability to attain healthy pregnancy.
So, what are the mechanisms that causes polycystic ovarian syndrome?
The typical mechanisms that cause PCOS in both overweight and thin women are consumption of too much simple sugar that induces the production of high insulin in the blood, which then causes inflammation of their ovaries.
When there is inflammation in the body of a woman, her ovaries cannot release healthy eggs. Overweight women tend to have a stronger parasympathetic nervous system that helps them not to get stressed very easily. They digest slower, especially when they eat junk food, which can easily accumulate fat tissue in their body.
More fat means you have more bad estrogen called estradiol, which can throw off the balancebetween the levels of estrogen and progesterone in the body. More estrogen causes the follicles to stop releasing healthy eggs and instead produce cysts and testosterone each month that results in overgrowth of facial and leg hair.
On the other hand, for normal weight or skinny women, because they have a stronger sympathetic nervous system, they are likely to be very active. They tend to often run around or over exercise and even if they eat junk food, they never put on weight but rather build more muscle.
This causes them to produce more estrogen and testosterone and have hyperactive sympathetic nerves that distributes energy away from their ovaries. This stops ovulation and their body begins to produce more and more testosterone, which leads the accumulation of ovarian cysts. When a woman with hyperactive sympathetic nerves takes stimulants such as coffee, she has even less energy flow to her ovaries.
This is why in a German study, when researchers cut the sympathetic nerves in lab thin rats, which distributes the ovaries, the rats were able to restore ovulation. However, in human beings, cutting the sympathetic nerves is out of the question since it can lead to grave and disastrous consequences. We need some way to balance the sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous system.
Acupuncture in Palm Harbor can bring energy to the ovaries, which can reduce the stress hormone. Both normal weight and overweight women can benefit from acupuncture because it helps reduce their cravings for simple sugar. That way, they have less inflammation and better functioning ovaries. Moreover, acupuncture can bring more energy to the adrenal gland of women, which can lead to the production of more progesterone, that in turn, can lead to a healthy pregnancy.
Acupuncture can also improve thyroid function. You can eat the same amount of food and produce more energy to your body. You burn more calories easily and lose weight faster. The other benefit of acupuncture treatment, especially electric stimulation acupuncture, includes the strengthening of your muscles whilst you’re losing weight. In this way, you won’t end up with loose skin and drooping muscles after you lose weight. Acupuncture also helps restore normal ovarian function, which helps prevent the rise of PCOS in women.