Acne, chin and chest hair, infertility, missed periods, and hair loss are symptoms associated with Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). This syndrome impacts 6-8% of women of childbearing age. Additionally, PCOS is common in females struggling with insulin resistance and obesity.
This disorder is multidimensional and the cause can be complicated to understand. Luckily there are several natural treatments and The Homone Zone has assisted several females with PCOS and fertility concerns.
What is PCOS?
Each month during ovulation an egg from one Ovary is released to the Fallopian Tube. This event occurs thanks to the natural fluctuation in Progesterone and Estrogen throughout a woman’s cycle. When hormone imbalances occur the release of the egg from the ovary can be incomplete leaving a bump or cycst. The name Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome comes from the appearance of these cysts on Ultra Sound due to several incomplete ovulation cycles.
Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome is diagnosed when your doctor identifies the following:
Symptoms of elevated androgens: CHEST HAIR, CHIN HAIR, OILY SKIN, ACNE, BALDING
Labs showing: ELEVATED ANDROGENS SUCH AS FREE-TESTOSTERONE
Ovulation: IRREGULAR OR ABSENT OVULATION
Ultrasound: SHOWING CYSTIC OVARIES
PCOS and The Hormone Connection
PCOS is mostly associated with elevated androgens such as testosterone. Because of this, medications that block androgen receptors such as Spironolactone are prescribed. This is just one piece of the puzzle. There is a balance between estrogen and progesterone that is required to allow regular menstruation and ovulation. Estrogen is metabolized in the liver. With sluggish liver metabolism and environmental estrogen exposure we see an elevation in Estrogen. This elevation alters the ratio of Estrogen to Progesterone mimicking Progesterone Deficiency. One goal of supporting this balance is to increase liver estrogen metabolism and address progesterone deficiency.
Natural Means of Hormone Support:
FLAX SEED: this phytoestrogen helps to increase sex hormone binding globulin SHBG. Increased SHBG is able to bind to circulating testosterone and other androgens.
SAW PALMETTO: this herb blocks the enzyme 5-alpha reductase which is responsible to creating the most active form of testosterone.
SANGUINARIA: helps to increase progesterone levels.
Cinnamon: increases insulin sensitivity to help control blood sugar.
The Hormone Zone Solution:
We offer a multidimensional approach to treating PCOS. A comprehensive look at your hormone health is necessary for creating your individualized protocol. Call today to book your New Patient Initial and learn how The Hormone Zone can help change your life. (480) 338-8070