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PCOS: A TCM Perspective

Updated: Aug 12, 2020

What is PCOS?

PCOS stands for Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome and is one of the most common disorders of menses amongst Canadian women, as approximately 1.4 million women are affected. This is seen as a genetic disorder with symptoms of an irregular menstrual cycle and infertility caused by the inability to ovulate. Most women may not even know they have PCOS until they are diagnosed or begin the process of trying to conceive.

According to Western Medicine, most women who have PCOS will have one of the primary symptoms that are listed below:

  • Irregular or absence of menstrual periods

  • Ovulation dysfunction

  • Excessive facial and body hair growth

  • Acne & skin problems

  • Male-pattern scalp hair thinning

  • Insulin resistance; higher risk of developing diabetes

  • Mood changes – Depression, anxiety, easily stressed out