GOD, PCOS, ACUPUNCTURE, OVARIAN CYSTS GONE!
by Mary Fisher
Hi, I am Mary Fisher, 33, and I will write my testimonial to give hope to all my fellow PCOS sufferers. God healed me (via Doctors & other methods) and this is my story. I got my first period at age 13 (1995) and it lasted for 5 days. After that I have gotten four periods a year from ages 13-20. The doctors all said the same thing, “Oh, it will eventually regulate itself.” At the age of 20, while I was in college, I got to the point where I was just sick and tired of having a period that I could never predict and then it would always appear at the least opportune moment.
My PCOS symptoms were as follows: cysts on the ovaries, acne, hirsutism, weight around the mid-section, pelvic pain, painful periods, irregular periods, hair loss (occasionally), mood swings (randomly), elevated androgens (male hormones), insulin resistance, etc. At times, I just felt off balance when the hormones would do their thing. Picking up from my timeline, at the age of 20, I went to see a GYN (for the first time), and without performing any tests, she immediately put me on birth control (BC). For the first time in my life, I had a 28-day menstrual cycle and I was super happy.
I stayed on BC from age 20 to about 24. Then, I took myself off of it to see if my cycles had regulated by then. When I came off, I did not get a period for 13 months (over a year) and this was when I felt that deep gut feeling that something was wrong. By this time, I was living in a new state (I moved after I graduated from college). My female boss at my new job at the time recommended her GYN to me, as she had been rated to be one of the best in the U.S.
Well, I made my appointment and went to see her. She was super thorough, which I liked and she did a ton of tests on me. Finally, at the age of 25, this was the first doctor to diagnose my PCOS. To be honest, it felt like a cancer diagnosis. I had no idea what PCOS was and when she mentioned that there was no cure for it, it made me think, “Wow, is this how I am going to die?” I started crying in her office as my knees buckled beneath me. She consoled me and told me that she can prescribe BC to help with my symptoms and PCOS.
My ignorance about PCOS at the time, agreed with my GYN to go back on BC. From ages 25-27, while on BC, I decided to do my own personal PCOS research. During my research, I came across this book, "The Natural Diet Solution for PCOS & Infertility" by Nancy Dunne and Bill Slater. This book has been a blessing to me. I call it my PCOS bible (haha). I read it from cover to cover and started to implement the diet and exercise changes. Thanks to Nancy and Bill for writing this book. If you have this book, please read it from cover to cover. If you do not have this book, go google it or amazon it, then buy it right now. This will change your life.
At the age of 28, still single and no kids, I decided to conduct my own personal experiments. I tried everything out there I saw online, some worked, others did not. I was now at a point of frustration (and I must confess that I had not fully implemented ALL the diet and exercise changes in the book at the time). I loved SUGAR way too much and just was not ready to let go. I will fast forward my story so that you will not fall asleep before I get to the best part.
At 29 years old, I decided to go to a Naturopathic Doctor who specializes in PCOS (yes, they do exist). I cried tears of joy when I found this doctor. To back track for a quick minute, the only supplement I took between ages 18 and 29 was a daily multi-vitamin. This Naturopathic Doctor was well-known on the East Coast (where I live) and had many accolades to her name. She ran a barrage of tests (super detailed and thorough). Based on the results, she pointed out to me where exactly all my hormone levels were at and all of my supplements levels. Based on this report, she developed a stress management, exercise plan, supplements plan and a dietary plan for me.
In a nutshell, I started taking the following supplements: Vit D3, Vit E, biotin, calcium, magnesium, iron, fish oil and milk thistle. I started working out 3-4 times a week, I changed my diet to 100% organic and low-GI foods, I did several body/organ detoxes, as well as, I avoided stress in every way possible. I have been going to her for the past 4 years and I have seen my period go from non-existent after BC to every 4 months, to every 3.5 months to every 3 months, to every 2.5 months to 2 months. All this happened between ages 29 and 32. I hit a plateau at the 2-month mark and wanted it to so badly go down to 1 month (so close that I could taste it … Huh).
After hitting a plateau, I still continue to go to that Naturopathic Doc (even now as I write this testimonial - 8/19/15). She is a God-sent that has helped me to naturally eliminate the majority of my PCOS symptoms mentioned above. My “new research” mentioned acupuncture. I am TERRIFIED of needles but desperate times call for desperate measures so I decided to give it a try.
From August of 2014 to March of 2015, I went to the acupuncturist 2-3 times a week. She also gave me herbs to drink (like tea). When I went to get my pelvic ultrasound (internal & external) in March 2015, the male doctor could not believe his eyes. He said he saw something that he has never seen in all his years of medicine. He said, “YOUR OVARIAN CYSTS ARE GONE! This is a MIRACLE!” He was in such shock that he had to go get the last 5 years’ worth of ultrasound images and compared them. He said, “you’ve always had them and now I don’t know what happened but they are gone! Wow!”
I strongly believe that the acupuncture and Chinese herbs played an integral role. My previous ultrasound was March 2014 and all the cysts were there then. The only thing I did differently within a year was acupuncture and herbs. Also, I now get my period every 35 days. According to doctors, that’s now considered a normal cycle.
Acupuncture helped me to ovulate, balanced my hormones, got rid of acne, rid pelvic pain, drastically improved my mood and caused all my ovarian cysts to disappear. THANK YOU GOD! This is a MIRACLE! Very importantly, in addition to acupuncture, I followed a very strict PCOS diet and exercise program. I continued with my supplements prescribed by my Naturopathic Doc and I ensured that I got 7-8 hours of sleep each night, reduced/eliminate all/most stress and did a detox every 2-3 months. I hope my story will inspire someone. If you have not tried acupuncture and herbs, please give it a try. Here is the key, please ensure that you go to someone who is experienced with PCOS and female hormonal imbalances (this is key). Just as how you would not go to a foot doctor for your eye surgery.
Good luck and never give up! Persistency and consistency are key factors to managing/eliminating your PCOS.