Written by Chantel – resident Naturopath at Choice pharmacy
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS is a complex hormonal condition and one of the most common endocrine disorders in women of reproductive age, affecting between 5-15% of women. In this article we will be discussing what exactly PCOS is and some tips that may help to manage symptoms.
What is PCOS?
PCOS (or polycystic ovarian syndrome) is a complex hormonal condition. Most women who have this condition are not diagnosed until later in life, where they may find it difficult with fertility. Polycystic translates to ‘many cysts. This refers to several follicles on the ovaries, which are partially formed, each containing an egg. They very rarely grow to be mature or produce eggs that can be fertilized.
Women who have PCOS generally have an impaired insulin response and higher levels of androgens (or testosterone).
PCOS goes beyond issues with fertility, it can make you more prone to getting high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity heart disease, stroke and high cholesterol.
Risk factors for PCOS include:
Signs and Symptoms of PCOS include;
In order to be diagnosed with PCOS, women need to have two out of the three of the following:
What can you do to help with PCOS?
If you suspect you have PCOS, visit your doctor, so they are able to help you reach a diagnosis.
To assist with insulin resistance:
Other lifestyle factors:
There are some wonderful herbs and nutrients available that can help to balance hormones. For more information, book in for a free consultation with our naturopath.