What is PCOS?
Updated: Mar 28, 2022
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a hormonal, metabolic, genetic and reproductive disorder that affects up to 10% of girls, women and non-binary patients! It is one of the leading causes of female infertility and is also a precursor to chronic conditions such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and endometrial cancer.
There are many symptoms associated with PCOS including irregular/absent periods, hair loss, mood swings, acne, anxiety, infertility, insulin resistance, fatigue, hirsutism, dandruff/dermatitis, depression, skin tags, weight gain and dark/rough patches.
Identifying and treating PCOS is critical in improving both physical and mental health!
PCOS is a group of symptoms rather than a disease, and is driven by underlying issues with ovulation, excess androgen production, inflammation and/or insulin resistance. There for there is not one singular definitive test to diagnose PCOS.
In relation to PCOS, sadly many women, girls and non-binary patients are either over diagnosed or misdiagnosed due to multiple factors often leading to the delay of diagnosis.
To be diagnosed with PCOS (following the Rotterdam criteria) you must meet 2 of the 3 criteria:
1. Oligo-ovulation or anovulation
2. Clinical and/or biochemical hyperandrogenism
3. Polycystic ovaries on ultrasound
Natural PCOS Supplements:
When it comes to PCOS, lifestyle habits and healthy eating are absolute key! However, emerging research supports that certain nutritional supplements are effective in improving signs/symptoms of PCOS!
Here are some of my favourites that I often use in treatment plans for clients:
Every individual is unique, therefore dosage and required specific supplements differ from person to person. I recommend that if you are someone with PCOS, to receive professional support from a doctor or primary health carer (Naturopath) during your health journey 🌿
Thankfully there are lots of ways to naturally manage many of these PCOS symptoms through diet and lifestyle changes, herbal medicines, supplements and stress management. This is something that I can support you with and if you are interested you can make a booking to have an appointment with me via my booking link!
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