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Written by Melanie

I am part of a growing statistic. I am one of the 5% to 10% of childbearing women who has been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). After being told that my only option to conceive was IVF, I turned to Eastern medicine and scheduled an appointment for acupuncture. It was a last effort before moving forward with IVF. After two 30-minute acupuncture sessions prior to ovulation and several days of drinking teas made from Chinese herbs, I found out I was pregnant. I also became a believer that acupuncture and natural herbs work miracles!

I continue to rely on acupuncture to treat my PCOS symptoms and migraines, as well as work-related stress. I receive treatments twice a month. Each session involves a brief consultation with a board-certified acupuncturist and practitioner of Chinese herbal medicine. At the beginning of each appointment, I answer a few questions that may seem unimportant (but aren't), describe how I feel and what has happened since I last saw her, and identify where I am in my cycle. She takes my pulse on both wrists and examines my tongue—two of the more important diagnostic tools in Chinese medicine.

There are more than 1,000 acupuncture points on your body. You can expect the acupuncturist to insert six to 12 needles into a handful of those points during each treatment. After the needles have been inserted, the lights are dimmed and you typically rest for about 30 minutes on average. Treatment times may vary. In between treatments, you may be given supplemental Chinese herbs (teas, pills, and capsules). For example, I am given a different herbal tea depending on where I am in my cycle.

I can't explain why it works, but I can tell you it does. For one thing, I was able to get pregnant after being told it was almost physically impossible to conceive on my own. And, acupuncture has eliminated almost all of my PCOS symptoms and regulated my menstrual cycle. Lastly, my migraines and stress levels have been under control since receiving regular acupuncture treatments.

For more on acupuncture and pregnancy view:
Interview with acupuncturist Lauren Frieman


Melanie is an honest-to-goodness California mommy. Residing in Malibu, she is ever-conscious of maintaining a healthy lifestyle for herself and her family.

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