Natural Treatment for PCOS - treat the cause
PCOS is not a disease. PCOS is a set of symptoms triggered by 4 different types of contributing factors that inhibit ovulation. That’s why there are so many different natural treatments for PCOS and that’s why only some will work for you. Effective natural PCOS management relies on getting to the cause along with prescribing diet and lifestyle changes and most importantly therapeutic herbs to treat the contributing factors. That’s why my approach to PCOS as a naturopath and herbalist is different.
What type of PCOS do you have?
1) Insulin-Resistant PCOS
This is the most common type of PCOS. High insulin and leptin impede ovulation and stimulate the ovaries to make testosterone. Insulin resistance is caused by sugar, smoking, trans fat, and environmental toxins.
Is this you?
Have you been told you’re borderline diabetic or have you had an abnormal glucose tolerance test? Perhaps you have elevated insulin and elevated LH (luteinizing hormone). Weight gain is associated with this type of PCOS and likewise, low energy and anxiety.
2) Pill-Induced PCOS or Post-Pill PCOS
Hormonal birth control suppresses ovulation. For most women, it’s a temporary effect, and ovulation will usually resume fairly soon after the Pill is stopped. But for some women, ovulation-suppression can persist for months or even years.
Is this you? You had regular periods before starting the Pill, and perhaps acne. You probably now have elevated LH on a blood test, although you may have normal LH and high-normal prolactin.
3) Inflammatory PCOS
Inflammation or chronic immune activation triggered by stress, environmental toxins, intestinal permeability and inflammatory foods like gluten or A1 casein triggers PCOS. Inflammation is a problem for PCOS because it impedes ovulation, disrupts hormone receptors, and stimulates adrenal androgens such DHEA and androstenedione.
Is this you? You have other symptoms of immune dysfunction such as recurring infections, headaches, joint pain, skin conditions and fatigue. Your blood test shows inflammatory biomarkers such as vitamin D deficiency, abnormal blood count, elevated C-RP, thyroid antibodies, or gluten antibodies. You may have elevated DHEA or androstenedione, and a positive urine test for intestinal permeability. Finally, you may be overweight by a few kilo’s and have to work hard to maintain a healthy body weight range.
4) Hidden-Cause PCOS
This is the ‘simpler-than-you-think’ type of PCOS an usually means that there is one simple thing that is blocking ovulation. Once that single thing is addressed, this type of PCOS resolves very quickly, usually within 3-4 months. Common hidden causes of PCOS include:
- Too much soy as it is anti-estrogen and can block ovulation in some women
- Thyroid diseasebecause your ovaries need T3 thyroid hormone
- Vegetarian diet, because it causes zinc deficiency, and your ovaries need zinc
- Iodine deficiency, because your ovaries need iodine
- Artificial sweeteners, because they impair insulin and leptin signaling
- Too little starch in your diet, because you need carbs to help with hormones
Is this you? Have you tried a number of natural PCOS treatments and nothing seems to work? Remember, with the right diagnosis and the right treatment, PCOS can become a thing of the past.
There Is a Better Natural Way to Treat PCOS
Naturopathic treatment with functional foods as therapy and herbal medicine, provide natural treatment options for PCOS as they support and heal the underlying factors causing it such as insulin resistance, immune function and inflammation.
I’d love to hear your experience with PCOS. Getting in touch with me is easy by calling 03 9486 4111 and booking an appointment today.
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