Pregnancy is a normal and natural experience of life, but there are so many reason why a mother may be experiencing any degree of stress and anxiety in the months leading up to and during childbirth.
In treating acute and chronic stress and anxiety it is important to first identify the emotional or physical cause. This may include the addition of counseling with a physiologist. Often having a safe environment for women to talk through their fears is all they need.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS, is a very common condition characterized by the growth of small cysts on the ovaries. The cysts are benign, but are part of a disruption of the natural hormone balance. Because of these imbalances in hormones there may be any of the following symptoms...
If untreated for an extended period of time, chronic and life threatening condition can arise.
1 in 15 women are diagnosed with some form of PCOS, and in some cases there are no additional symptoms other than irregular menstruation and ovarian cysts, making it difficult to diagnose in some instances. It is also the leading cause of infertility in the US.
I am often asked about how Acupuncture can help to stimulate natural labor. This is a newer application of Acupuncture for the Western World, and is beginning to gain some recognition, but it is not new in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Thousands of years ago, Eastern Medicine Doctors had to have ways of stimulating labor in women who either did not spontaneously go into labor, when labor stalled or when labor was not strong enough to successfully delivery the baby. Several Acupuncture points are talked about in the literature as being effective for inducing labor or strengthening contractions. (These points are forbidden during pregnancy, with the exception of stimulating labor).
"If the fruit is not ripe, it will not fall" Proverb