What is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition in which small, non-cancerous cysts form in one or both of a woman’s ovaries. It is characterized by irregular menstrual periods, infertility and other hormonal difficulties.

This condition is can occur when the pituitary gland produces too much of an ovulation-stimulating hormone, which causes the ovaries to produce too much androgen (male sex hormone) and not enough of the hormone that stimulates the follicles of the ovary. This in turn prevents the ovaries from releasing an egg, which stays in the ovary and develops into a cyst.

How will we determine if I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?

PCOS can be a challenging condition to treat, but integrative treatments such as following an anti-inflammatory diet, avoiding foods which may contain hormones used as growth promoters, increased intake of whole soy foods, daily exercise of at least 30 minutes and integration of dietary supplements have been shown to moderate the effects of hormone imbalances, weight gain and insulin resistance.

Possible Symptoms

Irregular or absent menstrual periods

Excess hair on the face and/or body

Acne

Weight gain

Infertility

Insulin resistance

Decreased breast size