What’s PCOS ?

What's PCOS -

 

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS):

  • Common endocrine disorder
  • Hormonal imbalance 
  • No cure yet

Symptoms:

  • Irregular periods
  • Surplus androgen
  • Polycystic ovaries
  • Hirsutism
  • Infertility
  • Acne
  • Oily skin
  • Weight gain
  • Obesity
  • Male-pattern baldness
  • Skin Tags
  • Depression

Causes:

  • Unknown
  • Possibly genetics & insulin

At Risk For:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Cholesterol & lipid abnormalities
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis
  • Infertility
  • Sleep apnea
  • Depression and anxiety
  • and more

Traditional Treatments:

  • Hormonal birth control- control periods, reduce male hormone production, and clear acne.
  • Metformin/Glucophage- controls blood sugar, lowers testosterone production, hirsutism, and may help ovulation.
  • Clomiphene/Clomid/Serophene- stimulate ovulation.
  • Gonadotropins- stimulate ovulation.
  • Ovarian drilling (surgery)- lower male hormone levels and stimulate ovulation.
  • Spironolactone/Aldactone- decrease male hormones on hair growth in women.
  • Finasteride/Propecia- decrease male hormones on hair growth in women.
  • Vaniqa cream- reduce facial hair
  • Laser hair removal
  • Talk about traditional treatment options with a endocrinologist, gynecologist, or primary care doctor.

Alternative Treatments:

  • Acupuncture
  • Agnus castus/ Vitex/chastetree berry- regulate the pituitary gland.
  • Black cohosh/ Cimicifuga racemosa- reduce the hormone LH and alleviates anxiety.
  • Milk Thistle/Silybum marianum- detoxifies the body and repairs the liver.
  • Saw Palmetto/Serenoa repens- reduces androgen.
  • Healthy diet
  • Frequent exercise
  • Talk about alternative treatments options with a homeopathic doctor, acupuncturist, herbalist, integrative doctor, or naturopathic doctor.

Emotional Support:

  • Therapist
  • Counselor
  • Psychologist
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Support groups
  • Journaling
  • Emotional support animals

For more information about PCOS please click here and for more information about the herbs mentioned above, please click here.

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