Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common diagnosis that reflects several patterns of hormonal imbalance that affects women of reproductive age. It often includes imbalances such as high levels of androgens (such as elevated testosterone and DHEA), irregular menstrual cycles, and insulin resistance which can lead to a variety of symptoms including fertility problems, weight gain, and acne. As PCOS presents in a variety of ways, it is important to treat the individual, instead of relying on one-size-fit-all treatment approach for PCOS.
Here are some of the most common questions about PCOS:
What causes PCOS?
While modern medicine has not identified an exact cause of PCOS, it is often understood to be related to a combination of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors. Insulin resistance, chronic inflammation, and adrenal dysfunction are believed to play a causative role in the development of PCOS, and these markers are often suboptimal in patients with PCOS. Some women are diagnosed with PCOS after experiencing irregular cycles after coming off the birth control pill.
Can PCOS be cured?
PCOS is a manageable condition with proper treatment. Many patients that have been diagnosed with PCOS have been able to regulate their hormones, lose weight, and conceive naturally with the guidance of an experienced Naturopathic Doctor.
How is PCOS treated?
At Monterey Natural Wellness, we will often run lab tests first to identify which imbalances, and nutrient deficiencies are present and need to be addressed. The treatment of PCOS varies depending on the individual and their specific imbalances, as there are many ways someone can present with PCOS. Common treatments include nutritional guidance and exercise plans, herbal support to regulate hormones, support fertility, and improve insulin resistance. Other interventions may be included to manage other symptoms such as excess hair growth or acne.
Can PCOS cause fertility problems?
PCOS can often disrupt normal menstrual cycles and ovulation, which can make it difficult to get pregnant for some women. However, with proper treatment and management, most women with PCOS are able to conceive and have healthy pregnancies.
Can PCOS cause weight gain?
Weight gain is a common symptom of PCOS, though not present in everyone with PCOS, as the condition can disrupt the body’s ability to properly regulate glucose. Maintaining a healthy weight is an important aspect of managing PCOS, and should be addressed as being overweight or obese can worsen symptoms and make it more difficult to manage the condition and the accompanying symptoms.
Speak with A Doctor If you have been diagnosed with PCOS and have questions, we recommending scheduling an appointment with Dr. Allison Serrano, who specializes in hormone imbalances and the treatment of PCOS in Monterey, California. Appropriate review of your symptoms and individual biochemistry provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date information about your specific situation.