Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS): What you need to know
So you’ve just been told by your doctor that you have a hormonal condition called PCOS. HUH?
If you've found yourself here and are in search of more information, let me break it down for you.
The letters P.C.O.S are an acronym for the longer term Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome . This name actually makes reference to the presence of multiple tiny cysts in the ovaries of women who have this condition. I'll try not to get too technical here, but the truth is that not all women with this condition have the cysts. In fact many women don't.
The "S" part of the acronym which stands for "Syndrome" points out the fact that PCOS is not actually a disease but a group of symptoms that commonly occur together such as:
Unwanted and excessive body hair
Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
The underlying cause of PCOS is an imbalance of hormones. The major players in this case are insulin (the hormone that helps your body use sugar) and testosterone (a male hormone that is also found in women).
For women, these imbalances result in difficulties managing weight, irregular periods, infertility and a higher risk of developing diabetes.
Conventional medicine will want to hand you the birth control pill to regulate your periods and decrease the unwanted symptoms but this is merely a band-aid approach which doesn't get at the underlying cause.
I have PCO..what??
There is a better solution.
Treating PCOS through Functional Naturopathic Medicine means addressing hormonal imbalances at their root cause so that the body can function the way its supposed to on its own. Over the years, I have helped hundreds of patients to rebalance their hormones, regulate their menstrual cycle and drastically improve their fertility through personalized Naturopathic approaches. If you suffer from or suspect you may have PCOS, work with me and take charge of your hormonal health!