Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

pcos st clair torontoWhat is polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)?

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a common yet complicated disorder whereby your ovarian cycle is interrupted, and instead of the ovary releasing an egg the follicle remains until gradually more and more follicles (not actually true cysts) gather and can be seen on an ultrasound.  The lack of the released egg is what prevents conception. While there is strong evidence that PCOS is partially a genetic disease, it is believed to be largely caused by excess insulin, which in turn causes more male hormone (androgens) to be produced, thus interfering with your ovulatory cycle.

PCOS is often characterized by ovulation-related fertility issues, irregular menstruation, excess androgen hormones (causing facial hair growth, for example), acne, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and high cholesterol. Women are usually diagnosed in their 20's or 30's, but you may be diagnosed as early as your teens, usually initially via a pelvic exam that shows enlarged ovaries.

Conventional treatment focuses on trying to manage diabetic complications, and treating some of the more cosmetic symptoms of PCOS. Birth control pills are often prescribed, but of course not if you are hoping to become pregnant. Surgery may be an option whereby a section of the ovary is removed, but the effects are temporary and of course also interfere with your ability to procreate.

How can polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) be treated naturally?

PCOS can be treated naturally with diet modification, pelvic floor physiotherapy, chiropractic for pregnancy, and acupuncture and TCM (especially the use of electro-acupuncture) treatment. Your natural therapy may be used  in conjunction with, or as a complement to, some of the conventional medicine your doctor prescribes.

Contact us for a FREE consultation on how natural therapy can help you with polycystic ovarian syndrome.

These links may also be helpful:

Using Acupuncture to Treat PCOS

Osteopathy and Fertility