Understanding Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is not a new syndrome and it is not just about ovarian cysts. The cysts are just a symptom of the syndrome. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that affects the hormones produced by women’s ovaries (estrogen & progesterone). A woman’s ovaries also produce a small number of androgens (considered the male hormone because men produce it in much larger quantity). With PCOS, women’s hormones become
imbalanced and produce more androgen hormones than normal. The unnatural increase of androgens can cause a disruption of the menstrual cycle, making it harder to get pregnant. It can also cause the development of ovarian cysts (small pockets in the ovaries containing follicles that house an immature egg that never made it to ovulation). The term “polycystic” actually means “many cysts.” PCOS can also produce male-like characteristics such as acne, excess oil production, extra facial and body hair and possible thinning hair. You are most likely to have PCOS if your mother or sister had the syndrome. Historically, PCOS was believed to be a surplus of androgens, but more recent research shows that high insulin levels and insulin resistance are indicators for the syndrome. There is also research that shows women with PCOS may also have chronic inflammation. Another complication with PCOS is the high probability of endometriosis (buildup of the uterine lining). This is a result of the ovaries producing estrogen but not producing adequate amounts of progesterone, (which occurs during ovulation). In many cases PCOS can be undetected and it is not until problems with pregnancy arise that tests are conducted for PCOS. Look for early warning signs such as oilier skin than normal, missed menstrual cycles and inability to lose weight. Thinning hair on your head, but hair growth in unusual areas for women such as chin, thumbs, toes and stomach, are also symptoms that you may be producing too much androgen.
The Natural Approach to PCOS
PCOS syndrome can be managed by regulating hormones and managing insulin resistance, both factors that can be managed through lifestyle changes and dietary supplements. Choose foods that are free from artificial hormones and preservatives and increase whole foods, organic vegetables, grains and fruits, which can help your body naturally regulate its endocrine systems. Reduce inflammation by choosing an anti-inflammatory diet and consider supplements likes Natural Factors Curcuminrich to reduce the body’s
inflammatory responses. Support the liver with supplements such as Preferred Liver MD. The liver is an important organ for detoxification and is also responsible for metabolism and excretion of hormones. Womensense EstroSense is a natural formula beneficial for PCOS. It contains ingredients that are effective for cleansing but also help promote a healthy estrogen metabolism and reduce the symptoms of “estrogen dominance.” Womensense PCOSense is a new product in Canada that was developed as a natural solution for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). It is also one of the first formulas to combine unique ingredients that support a normal menstrual cycle, fertility (ovarian function and egg quality), healthy glucose balance and reduce serum testosterone in women with PCOS. There is also some supporting information that suggests a combination of myo-inositol and D-chiro-inositol at a 40:1 ratio, plus folate and vitamin B12 (found in PCOSense) may support the outcome of in vitro fertilization. We also suggest that you consider Berberine to help with the stabilization of insulin and balance blood sugar.
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