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Delivery of a Full-Term Pregnancy After TCM Treatment In A Previously Infertile Patient Diagnosed With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Jennifer A. M. Stone, LAc; Karmen K. Yoder, PhD; Elizabeth A. Case, MD

Abstract
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects 7% to 10% of premenopausal women.3 Research has shown that women with PCOS develop many small cysts on the periphery of their ovaries.4 Several of the symptoms develop as a result of hormonal imbalance.3 PCOS is characterized as hyperandrogenism (high levels of male hormones) and chronic anovulation. Symptoms may include hirsutism (excess hair growth), obesity, hypertension, dislipidemia, type 2 diabetes, and coronary artery disease. Women with PCOS have profound insulin resistance as well as pancreatic B-cell dysfunction.4

Recurrent miscarriage is defined as 3 consecutive miscarriages of pregnancies conceived with the same partner. The most common cause of recurrent miscarriage is PCOS.5,6 Other causes include parental chromosomal abnormality, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, structural abnormalities,

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