A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Polycycstic Ovary Syndrome
I had a question the other day about polycystic ovary syndrome.
Polycystic ovary syndrome is a problem in which a woman’s hormones are out of balance.
It can cause problems with your periods and make it difficult to get pregnant.
PCOS also may cause unwanted changes in the way you look.
If it isn’t treated, over time it can lead to serious health problems, like diabetes and heart disease.
Most women with PCOS grow many small cysts on their ovaries.
That’s why it’s called polycystic ovary syndrome.
The cysts aren’t harmful but lead to hormone imbalances.
Early diagnosis and treatment can help control the symptoms and prevent long-term problems.
Hormones are chemical messengers that trigger many different processes, including growth and energy production.
Often, the job of one hormone is to signal the release of another hormone.
In PCOS, the hormones get out of balance.
One hormone change triggers another, which changes another.
>The sex hormones get out of balance.
Normally, the ovaries make a tiny amount of male sex hormones (androgens).
In PCOS, they start making slightly more androgens.
This may cause you to stop ovulating, get acne, and grow extra facial and body hair.
>Your body may have a problem using insulin, called insulin resistance.
When your body doesn’t use insulin well, blood sugar levels go up.
Over time, this increases your chance of getting diabetes.
PCOS symptoms tend to be mild at first.
You may have only a few symptoms or a lot of them.
The most common symptoms are:
>Weight gain and trouble losing weight.
>Extra hair on your face and body. Often women get thicker and darker facial hair and more hair on the chest, belly, and back.
>Thinning hair on your scalp.
>Irregular periods. Often women with PCOS have fewer than 9 periods a year. Some women have no periods. Others have very heavy bleeding.
>Fertility problems. Many women who have PCOS have trouble getting pregnant.
Regular exercise, healthy foods, and weight control are the key treatments for PCOS.
Treatment can reduce unpleasant symptoms and help prevent long-term health problems.
To deal with polycystic ovary syndrome it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily.
*Increase your exercise, relaxation techniques, etc.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Increase fresh, raw fruits and veggies; consider fresh juicing.
*Consider a liver and/or colon cleanse.
*Consider herbs, acupuncture, energy medicine techniques, hydrotherapy, etc.
*Address any emotional issues.
*Have a chiropractic assessment.
*Eliminate toxic exposures, both food and environment.
*Eliminate any and all hydrogenated, trans fats, deep-fried foods, margarine, fast foods, etc.
*Eliminate sugar, sweets, white flour products, processed foods.
*Avoid dairy products.
*Avoid tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, soda pop.
*Maintain a healthy weight.
*Understand your medications and possible side effects.
*If you follow a vegetarian lifestyle or low caloric intake, it is essential to ensure proper intake of protein, B vitamins and essential fats.
*Avoid birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy.
*Research all alternative views before considering surgery.
*Review my blog post on candida.
*Review my blog post on estrogen dominance.
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