Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS, affects 1 out of every 10 women of childbearing age. This disorder causes hormonal imbalances as well as problems with metabolism rates that can affect overall health. Symptoms of PCOS may vary from woman to woman but often include problems with infertility, fatigue, weight gain, mood changes, headaches, and sleep problems.  Most symptoms, ranging from mild to severe, are noticeable beginning around the age of puberty, but some women aren’t diagnosed until adulthood, more often around childbearing age than any other time.  If you suffer from PCOS, then you know the impact it can have on your life.  Thankfully, chiropractic care from a Charlotte chiropractor can help manage PCOS to alleviate symptoms, bring about relief, and give you normalcy in your menstrual cycles. Chiropractic care can also help significantly with fertility and having a healthy pregnancy.

Causes of PCOS

PCOS is sometimes caused by a genetic disorder that some women inherit.  It can also be a result of high levels of androgens, sometime called “male” hormones that lead to male-like traits such as baldness or facial hair growth.  High levels of insulin could also be a cause of PCOS as too much insulin causes blood sugar levels to become higher than usual.  Women with PCOS are often insulin-resistant as well, which can lead to weight gain or poor eating habits.  Over time, too much insulin can also lead to type 2 diabetes.  PCOS has been linked to other health concerns as well, such as high blood pressure, poor cholesterol levels, sleep apnea, and depression and anxiety.  One of the biggest struggles of women with PCOS is infertility.  Because the body isn’t ovulating regularly and the reproductive organs aren’t functioning as they should, it can make getting pregnant incredibly difficult.  But this doesn’t have to be the case.  While improving eating habits, taking vitamins, and exercising regularly can help immensely, they may not completely alleviate all symptoms of PCOS. Dr. Grant Lisetor of Greater Life Chiropractic focuses on improving the overall health and function of the body so that symptoms of PCOS, including infertility, can be improved upon.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help With My PCOS Symptoms?

Chiropractic care improves the function of the central nervous system, which controls how our body communicates and functions as a whole.  Spinal misalignments, when a vertebra is shifted out of place or twisted even the tiniest bit, can do more than cause back pain.  They can interrupt nerve communication and cause dysfunction in the body.  Spinal misalignments can be the root cause of infertility issues, especially when they occur in the lower back.  With consistent chiropractic care, many women have had success in conceiving and carrying children to term.  Fatigue is also a common complaint among women with PCOS.  When spinal misalignments are removed with gentle and specific chiropractic adjustments, nerve interference is removed and an increase in energy levels is noticed.  Adjustments also provide muscle relaxation and proper hormone regulation to relieve sleep problems at night.  The overall benefits of chiropractic care can’t be denied, not only for PCOS, but also for other related health issues like diabetes, high blood pressure, and general wellness care.

Case Studies Prove the Effectiveness of Chiropractic for PCOS

Chiropractic care has helped multiple women with PCOS.  One chiropractic study focused on a 30-year-old woman with PCOS and infertility issues.  She also suffered from ulcerative colitis and neck pain.  Upon examination, several spinal misalignments were discovered.  After 14 visits to a chiropractor, her ulcerative colitis was resolved, she resumed regular ovulation after 8 years of irregular menstrual cycles, and she became pregnant.

If you or someone you love suffers from PCOS, there is hope.  Schedule a consultation today with Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor of Greater Life Chiropractic and take the first steps toward improving your overall health and wellness.

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Kent Metzger, Dana.  “Resolution of Infertility in a Patient with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Hypothyroidism, and Ulcerative Colitis Following Subluxation-Based Chiropractic Care: A Case Study & Review of Literature.”  Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, & Family Health2016.4 (2016): 68-74. http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/infertility-for-a-patient-with-polycycstic-ovarian-syndrome-resolves-after-adjustments.html