PCOS, or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, occurs when the ovaries overproduce male hormones. At least 15% of women are affected by this condition, and it is thought to be hereditary.
- Excess facial or body hair
- Weight gain and difficulty losing weight
- Irregular periods or none at all
- Decreased insulin sensitivity
Lifestyle modification and hormone rebalancing are helpful in reducing the symptoms and severity of health detriments caused by this syndrome.
PCOS has shown significant improvement, if not resolution, through lifestyle changes. Weight loss, even as little as 10 lbs, has been shown to allow the hormones to rebalance and begin regular periods again.
A healthy, balanced diet, regular exercise, and even cessation of smoking have also proven beneficial for improvement of PCOS symptoms.
However, hormone replacement therapy is most effective, as it resolves the imbalance at the source.
Bio identical hormone replacement is most efficacious as it avoids synthetic medications and many practitioners specializing in BHRT are able to use supplements, as well as medication, to alleviate all symptoms of this syndrome in the most efficient and healthy way possible.