Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) manifests differently in each woman, both in terms of symptoms experienced and their impact on the body. Skin and hair issues may trouble some women, while others may face challenges with blood sugar regulation and weight gain. And very commonly, cycles will become longer than normal, or some months may even be skipped. You may have some, or you may have all of the symptoms associated with PCOS.
So, what exactly is PCOS?
It’s a condition characterized by blood sugar dysregulation at the ovarian level. This, in turn, leads to excessive testosterone production by the ovaries. Therefore, testosterone serves as a symptom of the underlying issue related to blood sugar.
In Western medicine, the birth control pill is often offered as the main tool to regulate menstrual cycles if you have PCOS. However, it may not be the best fit for all women, particularly if you are trying to conceive.
Many of my patients are also looking for a deeper understanding of the root cause of their condition. That’s not to say the pill doesn’t have a time and a place; it can certainly provide support for your body, provided it aligns with your needs.
Even if the pill is the right choice, there are additional measures you can take to support your hormones.
Depending on the specific type of PCOS you have, there are many treatment options to consider.
An individualized nutritional plan that increases non-starchy vegetables, such as spinach, kale and broccoli and lowers starchy vegetables, such as potatoes and corn can significantly improve blood glucose and insulin function. Choosing lean, anti-inflammatory proteins, such as wild cough fist and free range poultry sustains energy and reduces general inflammation.
Focused exercise such as yoga, high intensity interval training and cycling increase lean muscle mass and reduce insulin resistance.
Clinical nutrients such as inositol, probiotics and N-Acetyl cysteine improve ovarian function and metabolism and support a healthy microbiome.
Herbal medicines including saw palmetto and berberine balance hormones, improve blood sugar regulation and digestive function.
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