Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition that can affect a female’s fertility potential.  It can present symptomatically in each person in many different ways, such as weight gain, acne, hirsutism, irregular menstrual cycles, and infertility. Not all females with PCOS will present with multiple cysts on the ovaries, but all present with difficulties with regular ovulation and associated hormone imbalances.  Fortunately, PCOS is a condition that can be effectively treated and addressed with proper Naturopathic care.

What causes PCOS?

PCOS can be considered an inflammatory condition resulting from various dietary and lifestyle factors.  When the body becomes inflammed, it often leads to insulin resistance – an inability of tissues and cells to respond properly to insulin, leading to progressive increases of glucose in the bloodstream.  The resulting uncontrolled rise of blood sugar levels increases fat deposition and triggers the production of cortisol and testosterone.  High levels of cortisol and testosterone can stop ovulation and cause a cascade of hormone imbalance symptoms.

Naturopathic Treatment of PCOS

Naturopathic Medicine is effective at addressing the underlying causes of PCOS, resolving PCOS-related symptoms, and restoring hormone balance and proper ovulation.  A multi-faceted approach often results in the fastest and best outcomes and may include:

  • Nutritional guidance – diet is an important way to decrease inflammation and balance blood sugars. Individualized dietary advice ensures the plan is easy-to-follow and effective.
  • Lifestyle support – a proper exercise program is vital to maintaining good metabolic balance and supporting all aspects of good health.
  • Nutriceutical supplements & Botanical remedies – there are many natural supplements and herbal remedies that are just as effective as pharmaceutical drugs (ie. Metformin) at addressing insulin resistance and hormone imbalance, all without the potential side effects.
  • Acupuncture – a whole-body approach to restore proper organ function, balance hormones and optimize fertility.

~ Dr. Patti

Gonzalez, F.  Inflammation in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Underpinning of insulin resistance and ovarian dysfunction Steroids.  2012 Mar 10; 77(4): 300-305

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