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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome – Natural Approach

PCOS

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is the most common endocrine disorder effecting women of reproductive age.

the endocrine system includes all of the glands of the body and the hormones produced by those glands

Guidelines by the American Association of Clinical Endocriologists state that the diagnosis of PCOS must be based on the presence of at least two of the following three criteria: chronic anovulation (ovaries not releasing an egg during each monthly cycle), hyperandrogeism (high levels of male hormones), and polycystic ovaries(cysts on the ovaries often discovered during pelvic ultrasound).

Some of the symptoms that can present with PCOS include; (not an extensive list)

  • hirsutism (excessive hair growth in areas male)
  • acne
  • alopecia (loss of hair – more commonly at front of head)
  • irregular menstrual cycle
  • infertility
  • weight management (difficulty losing or gaining)

PCOS is a complex disorder that involves genetic, metabolic, dietary, emotional and hormonal patters.

Western Medicine utilizes hormones, blood sugar balancing medications, and even surgery as part of their treatment plans.

Naturopathic Medicine approaches PCOS are multifaceted and typically include dietary modification to support weight loss (if needed) and support blood sugar balance.

An article printed in Clinical Sciene (2013) reported that women with PCOS who consumed their largest meal at breakfest and smaller meals throughout the day had better overall hormone balance and increased ovulation rate.

A variety of nutritional supplements including inositol (a B vitamin) have clinical studies supporting their ability to balance sex hormones, and blood sugar improving overall health and fertility.

Botanical Medicine and Acupunture are also areas where supporting the bodies balance with the right combination of herbs and acupuncture points can benefit.

If you struggling with fertility, weight balance, unwanted hair growth, or overall hormonal imbalance, consider seeing a Naturopathic Doctor.

Naturopathic Doctors are able to order laboratory work to explore the causes of some of these common hormonal complaints.

 

References

Clinical Science (2013) 125, 423–432

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