I had my first acupuncture visit today, and it was pretty great. She was so nice, and sat with me for over an hour while I regaled her with sad stories about my ovaries, and missed periods. I found her on Yelp, which is sort of a crap shoot, but I’m happy about my choice. The cool thing was, she was the first woman I’ve spoken to about PCOS who actually “got” what I was going through, and had a road map of some sort that we’re going to try together to see if this helps me get my period.
1. Stay away from gluten. Evidently, it’s irritating to a lot of PCOS-ers.
2. Exercise 3 times a week. Nothing too crazy, but she said I should keep up my running (unlike some advice I’ve been getting to only do “gentle” exercise which kind of bores me, and doesn’t work up a sweat)
3. Eat plenty of red meat–twist my arm.
4. cut back on my dairy–when she checked my tongue it was slightly swollen and “greasy”–ew. She said that was due to a waterlogged body and liver/spleen stagnation. Dairy aint good for that.
5. Try white wine, if I’m going to drink. Red wine tends to disrupt sleep more frequently for some reason. She said I could have a glass of wine on the weekend if I’d like. I like this lady!
She would like me to go to her 2x per week until I ovulate regularly, then down to once. At $95/pop that isn’t cheap, but my insurance will pick up 30% of it. I’m also going to see if I can get a “frequent needle” discount or something.
For those of you who have never tried acupuncture, it’s well worth it. I could barely feel the needles–except a little bit going in. Whether or not this actually helps will be the test!