Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal disorder that affects individuals assigned female at birth, typically during their reproductive years. It is characterized by a collection of symptoms that may include enlarged ovaries containing small cysts, irregular menstrual cycles, and an excess of androgen hormones, which may lead to symptoms such as acne, hirsutism (excessive hair growth), hair loss, fertility difficulties, and difficulty with weight loss/weight gain. PCOS is also associated with insulin resistance and an increased risk of conditions like type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Diagnosis often involves a combination of clinical symptoms, physical exams, and hormonal tests.
Treatments we often recommend for PCOS: Treatments will vary based on the underlying cause. Accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment are essential for effectively managing symptoms. At STRONG., we recommend seeking help through naturopathy. Your Naturopathic doctor will evaluate blood work, discuss nutrition strategies to help with symptom management, offer acupuncture to help regulate cycles and reduce acne, and discuss various options with evidence-based nutraceuticals that can help reduce symptoms of PCOS.
Treatments may include: