Within the realm of women’s health, one of the many conditions to be aware of is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This is a hormonal condition that affects women during their reproductive years and is quite common among women.
Here are some details about polycystic ovary syndrome and natural approaches for the management and treatment of this condition.
Causes of PCOS
Although the exact causes of PCOS are unknown, studies have shown that women with this condition also have insulin resistance. There is also evidence to suggest that PCOS runs in families. Low-grade inflammation and excess androgen can lead to the development of PCOS.
Most women are diagnosed with this condition in their 20s and 30s, although the condition can appear any time after puberty. It is a very common condition that affects up to 15 percent of women who are of reproductive age.
Symptoms of PCOS
Women often start noticing symptoms of PCOS when they first get their periods, yet symptoms can develop later on as well. Common symptoms are irregular periods, trouble getting pregnant, ovaries that are large or have cysts, weight gain around the belly, and thinning hair.
Some women with PCOS also notice dark or thick patches of skin on the back of their necks, under the breasts, and in the armpits. There are certain complications that can come with PCOS, such as sleep apnea, depression, cancer of the uterine lining, and metabolic syndrome. Yet it is also possible to have PCOS and experience no symptoms at all if the condition is mild.
Natural Approaches to PCOS
After a doctor diagnoses a women with PCOS using an ultrasound or blood test, it is time to start discussing treatment options. There are lifestyle changes that you can make to address PCOS, such as more physical activity, a healthier diet, and medications to cause ovulation if you are trying to get pregnant. Doctors may also recommend birth control pills and diabetes medications to women with PCOS.
Natural approaches to living with PCOS include strategically timing your dietary calories to control insulin in the body, taking calcium with vitamin D, and getting more magnesium and chromium in your diet. Research has shown that getting more omega-3s in your diet through fish or supplements can also help women with PCOS. It is also smart to focus your diet on fiber, iron, and a balance of protein and carbs if you have PCOS, while limiting coffee and soy products. Meanwhile, acupuncture and herbal Chinese remedies may help women with PCOS as alternatives to traditional medicine.
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