The cause of polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS has not yet been agreed upon by scientists. And now there is another possible scenario of pathogenesis, which looks very viable.
Apart from the well-known insulin resistance and hormone imbalance, there is one more process happening in the PCOS women’s bodies. The name of it is high sympathetic nerve activity, which, studies show, is present with PCOS patients.
Sympathetic nervous system innervates and regulates almost all of the internal organs, including hormone glands. It also innervates ovaries.
The interesting bit is that scientists believe, that sympathetic hyperactivity could develop before the hormone imbalance, and therefore be the root cause of PCOS.
The reason this is on my blog is that acupuncture has been researched to normalise the sympathetic nervous system. It can restore regular ovulation especially in patients with less androgenic hormonal profile and a less pronounced metabolic disturbance.
If you need help with PCOS, seek an acupuncturist with in depth knowledge of these studies and good understanding of electro-acupuncture. If the wrong frequency of stimulation is administered, it can cause further activation of sympathetic nervous system, which would be harmful to PCOS patients.
Note that sympathetic/parasympathetic nervous system dysfunction can also explain pathophysiology of other conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome.