Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a complex metabolic and endocrine (hormonal) disorder. As a leading cause of infertility it affects up to 20% of women. Diagnosis includes an ultrasound scan of ‘polycystic’ ovaries (ovaries with multiple fluid filled sacs) however, only approximately 40% of women with PCOS have polycystic ovaries. The most common experiences include irregular periods, weight gain and skin complaints (acne or unwanted hair growth).

Underlying factors

  • Family history
  • Genetics
  • Insulin resistance
  • Environment
  • Low-grade inflammation
  • Stress

Signs & Symptoms

  • Unpredictable, heavy menstruation
  • Thinning hair on head
  • Excess facial hair/darkened skin patches
  • Acne
  • Skin tags
  • Miscarriage
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Low self esteem
  • Eating disorder
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Sleep apnoea

Naturopathic treatment aims

  • Regulate hormones
  • Regulate insulin
  • Reduce stress
  • Support emotional wellbeing
  • Reduce hirsutism (excess hair growth)
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Regulate ovulation
  • Support adrenal function
  • Support cardiovascular risks

Diet & Lifestyle recommendations

Diet: Eat regular low GI meals (Glycaemic Index), low saturated fat, high fibre

Exercise: Minimum of 150 minutes per week in 30 minute sessions

Stress: Meditation, yoga, counselling/psychology, social interaction

Environmental: Limit/avoid endocrine disrupting chemicals found in canned food, plastics, non-stick cookware, soaps, make up and personal care products.

Treatment recommendations do not replace medical care. Book an appointment with our Naturopath Kim to personalise your treatment plan, nutritional and herbal recommendations and ensure any medications or supplements you take are safe for you. Call Embrace Life 3491 6533 or book online at www.embracelife.au

References:

  1. ly Commons, PCOS, viewed 3rd June 2021, <https://vt-images-prod.s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/editor/hub/Patient%20Handouts/202105%20PCOS/V.PH.06%20PCOS.pdf>