Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is diagnosed when 2 out of 3 following criteria are present:
-Oligoovulation (infrequent or irregular cycles) and/or anovulation (no cycle)
-Excess androgen activity
Here are some natural and holistic approaches our Naturopath Kim uses to support clients.
It is well known that women with PCOS have higher levels of cortisol and struggle with cortisol metabolism. Research has shown that when cortisol levels stabilize so does normal ovarian activity. So be sure to include reducing stress and having fun as part of your holistic health care plan.
It is important to enjoy your exercise. Don’t exercise because you need to lose weight. Choose to exercise because you want your body to feel healthier, increase energy levels, increase positive feelings and set the intention to exercise because you want to take care of yourself.
Exercise has been found to improve lipid profiles, decrease waist circumference, systolic blood pressure and fasting insulin.
High insulin levels are usually present in PCOS. Insulin can induce overactivity of adrenal androgen production.
Not all women who have PCOS need to lose weight however as little as a 2% – 5 % reduction in weight can improve ovulatory function and improve insulin sensitivity.
Androgen is a hormone that presents in excess in PCOS. Androgen excess can stem from either the ovaries or adrenal glands.
The herb Vitex agnus-castus (Chaste tree) and Humulus lupulus (Hops) has shown to have anti-androgenic properties.
If you would like support with PCOS book a Naturopathic appointment with Kim at Embrace Life 3491 6533 www.embracelife.net.au
- Sarris, J & Wardle, J. (2010) Clinical Naturopathy An evidence-based guide to practice, Elsevier, Chatswood, NSW.
- Medicine fx Functional and Integrative Medicine with Andrew Whitfield-Cook podcast. Viewed 16 July 2018.
- Role of exercise training in polycystic ovary syndrome: a systemic review and meta-analysis. Viewed 16 July 2018, http://web.a.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail/detail?vid=3&sid=c7bb08c5-5a61-48c6-9f6e-ccd9851cfe12%40sessionmgr4007&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#AN=29896935&db=mdc