If you are having trouble getting pregnant, and you have irregular periods, acne, unwanted hair growth, or difficulty losing weight, you might have a condition called PCOS.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS as I’ll refer to it moving forward, is a common and complex medical condition that can be challenging to diagnose. It unfortunately can affect your ability to get pregnant, and left untreated might lead to other negative consequences to your hormonal and overall health, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The good news is that there are a lot of natural treatments for PCOS available. In fact, the first line therapy for PCOS is not a drug, but diet and lifestyle modification. With the support of your Naturoapthic Doctor, you can reduce the severity of the symptoms, improve your fertility, get pregnant (if that’s what you want right now!), and prevent the long term consequences associated with this hormonal and metabolic health condition.
Do you have PCOS?
To be diagnosed with PCOS, doctors utilize a set of factors called the Rotterdam Criteria, and must identify that you have two of the three following:
In addition to these formal criteria, there are a lot of other signs and symptoms associated with PCOS. To review, the signs and symptoms of PCOS include any or all of the following:
Sound like you?
First of all, don’t panic! When I see a patient in my practice who has concerns about her period or her fertility, we go through a thorough system review to see if we suspect PCOS is playing a role. We may decide to do some hormone testing to see where your levels are at, and I might recommend you speak with your medical doctor about getting a pelvic ultrasound done. Once the diagnosis of PCOS has been made, we can move forward with a individualized treatment plan to address the major factors playing a role.
I am currently accepting new patients in my practice and welcome you to book yourself in for a complimentary 15 minute meet and greet appointment so we can discuss your current concerns and to see if we’re a good fit. I am incredibly passionate about helping women to understand their hormonal health and to support them in finding balance, to reduce both the symptoms associated with PCOS (let’s get rid of those chin hairs!), the impacts of PCOS on your fertility, and the long term consequences on your overall metabolic health.
Stay tuned for future posts about natural treatments for PCOS and other hormonal conditions, including unexplained infertility, endometriosis, PMS and more.