Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) arises when ovulation does not regularly occur and is often associated with insulin resistance. This leads to hormonal imbalances which can cause concerns such as infertility, irregular periods, acne, an inability to lose weight and unwanted facial hair.
Important Naturopathic Considerations for PCOS:
Insulin Sensitivity: Metformin is the most common prescription to treat PCOS. It can have unwanted side effects, such as dizziness, fatigue, headaches, indigestion and nausea. Naturopathic PCOS treatments start with specific diet and exercise recommendations to improve insulin sensitivity and hormonal balance. Supplements are used to target insulin resistance at the cellular level and have been found to be as clinically effective as metformin – but without the same side effects.
Hormonal Balance: Elevated insulin levels stimulate the ovaries to produce higher levels of testosterone. This leads to challenges with ovulation, irregular periods and acne. It can also lead to darkening of facial hair or an increase in body hair. Elevated testosterone levels are converted to estrogen, leading to further hormonal imbalances. Using therapies like acupuncture and herbal medicine, we are able to achieve hormonal balance and enhanced clearance of excess hormones.
Healthy Metabolism: Managing your weight within a healthy range becomes an important goal. This is done through specific diet and exercise advice in combination with therapies tailored to the specific deficits in your metabolic pathways. By maximizing your metabolism and correcting the underlying hormonal imbalances and insulin resistance, you are on your way to a healthier, more balanced you!
Our team of highly trained and experienced practitioners at Focused Fertility are eager to help guide you how to manage and improve your PCOS. We use evidence-based treatment plans tailored specifically to your needs that includes nutrition, lifestyle and supplement recommendations, as well as acupuncture and herbs.
Check out this video to learn more about how we can help your PCOS.