Unfortunately, a high number of women suffer from a condition called PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) during their childbearing years, causing them to experience a number of physical issues such as acne, weight gain, excess body and facial hair, and thinning hair on the scalp. Some women suffering from PCOS also experience pelvic pain, depression, and a noticeable decrease in the size of their breasts. Far more concerning, however, are complications that make it difficult to get pregnant or carry a pregnancy to term. Fortunately, there are treatment options available; and treating PCOS naturally can be a great alternative solution for women who would rather not take prescription medications.
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What’s the Issue?
PCOS is the result of hormone imbalance, a medical condition that occurs when the body produces an abnormally high amount of the hormone called androgen, causing interference in the normal processes of ovulation. These elevated levels of androgen stop egg follicles from breaking open to release their eggs, causing irregular or absent periods. As the egg follicles remain in the ovaries, they form cysts; and those cysts can cause conception to be extremely difficult.
The cause for PCOS is still undetermined, but it is believed to be hereditary. Proper diagnosis will have to be made by a urogynecologist or other women’s healthcare specialist and will require tests such as a female pelvic exam. And while there may be no cure for the condition, it can be managed with treatment.
More often than not, PCOS treatment will be considered necessary, as women who go untreated face an increased risk of developing heart disease and diabetes. Treatment for PCOS will be determined by the cause and severity of each case; and while treating PCOS will require medication or surgery for some women, treating PCOS naturally is the most ideal and beneficial course of action for many.
Treating PCOS naturally can be as simple as a few lifestyle changes. For example, what could be considered an ideal PCOS diet would eliminate alcohol and nicotine as well as sugar, animal fats, processed foods, and dairy products to reduce inflammation and help keep insulin levels in check. Instead, the diet should be balanced and focus on the inclusion of whole plant foods including fiber-rich greens, fresh vegetables and fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and legumes. By changing your diet, the symptoms will be managed, and any PCOS weight loss that results will also aid in continued management. If PCOS treatment through the diet isn’t effective, other natural options include acupuncture, herbal remedies, and meditation.
A healthy life can be found by taking the natural route! Call the caring team of women’s healthcare experts at Coyle Institute to schedule your consultation today!