This is one of the most common conditions affecting females and is characterised by the following features.
- Irregular or absent menses
- High levels of insulin
- Excess androgens which result in male-patterned hair growth and acne
- Multiple cysts on the ovaries
Although it is the most commonly diagnosed condition it is also the most poorly understood one. Patients usually complaining of persistent acne and hirsutism (male-patterned hair growth) should regularly be screened for menstrual irregularities. The hyperinsulinemia results in insulin resistance which contributes to increased weight gain as well as androgen production.
What can you do if you suffer from PCOS?
Homeopathic treatment which assesses the patient’s lifestyle, diet and deficiencies will be a good starting point for a holistic approach to PCOS.
Your healthcare practitioner will perform diagnostic tests which usually indicate that hormonal levels need to be balanced. Conventional treatment is usually an oral contraceptive pill which feeds your body with hormones and “balances” them out. Complementary medicine aims to let your body stimulate itself to balance those hormones thereby teaching your body what optimal levels are rather than supressing the body’s natural functions.
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