Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a common condition, affecting approximately 5-10% of women, which is thought to have a genetic origin. This condition arises when ovulation does not occur regularly, resulting in multiple “cysts” in the ovary. These cysts are actually follicles which have not undergone regular maturation and ovulation in previous cycles. Not every woman with PCOS will have multiple cysts, but they all will exhibit certain hormonal characteristics and will have difficulty with regular ovulation. Fortunately, effective PCOS treatment is now available, and most women with this disorder are able to achieve a more regular cycle, improved hormonal symptoms and increased fertility with the right care.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Insulin Resistance
A Naturopathic View - what to look for if you have PCOS
In addition to effects on fat production, there are also direct effects on the ovaries. When the body is resistant to insulin, the blood sugar will rise, and the pancreas will produce even more insulin in an attempt to reduce the blood sugar. In many cases the higher amount of insulin is enough to keep the blood sugar within a normal range, however it does cause other problems. This elevated blood insulin causes the ovaries to increase production of testosterone by a large amount.
Naturopathic Medicine and PCOS Treatment
A naturopathic PCOS treatment plan can reverse the disorder and restore natural ovulation and fertility. Effective PCOS naturopathic medicine involves acupuncture and electroacupuncture on the ovaries, and supplements to target insulin resistance at the cellular level. Many supplements have been found to be as effective as metformin at reducing insulin resistance, and are without the same side effects present in the prescription drug.
Side effects of metformin can include: low blood sugar symptoms such as dizziness, fatigue, irritability, indigestion, headaches and nausea. Other naturopathic PCOS treatments can help to reduce male hormone accumulation, and promote ovulation by enhancing the cellular health of the follicles.
Nutrition and diet is of the utmost importance, and a special naturopathic low GI diet is prescribed to ensure healthy insulin balance along with a regular exercise program. Our nutritional plans will keep your diet interesting and balance your blood sugar at the same time. Many patients will begin ovulating regularly after 3-6 months of treatment.