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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) : A Quick Overview

 Polycystic Ovary Syndrome affects roughly one in 10 women of childbearing age. PCOS is a multifactorial disease, however in order to diagnose, you must have 2 of the 3 features present: cysts on the ovaries, irregular or no ovulation, or signs of hyperandrogenism (excess hair all of over the body, acne, increased testosterone and its metabolites). Other common symptoms of PCOS include irregular periods, painful periods, acne, weight gain or inability to lose weight easily, increased blood sugar, infertility or trouble conceiving.  Although so many women are affected by this condition, there is little education given on how to properly manage PCOS.

            Since PCOS is a multi-factorial disease, it can be caused by insulin-sensitivity, inflammation in the body or the use of birth control pills.. Starting with the foundations of health is the most important for long-term reduction in symptoms. This means eating a diet low in inflammatory foods and with a low-glycemic index, which means removing foods such as processed sugars and refined grains. Also, exercise has been proven to improve insulin-resistance, which is a major component to many of the complications of PCOS. Lastly, there are many herbal and nutraceutical supplements that have been extensively researched to help manage PCOS. Most of these supplements work to help improve insulin sensitivity, balance hormones and improve egg quality.

If you think you might have PCOS, or if you have been diagnosed and want help managing your symptoms, contact our Naturopathic Doctor, Lauren MacIntosh to learn about safe and effective treatments for you.

Call us : 902.464.2225

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