Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a prevalent hormonal disorder in women, often signaling deeper health concerns. It's not just an isolated condition; it points to imbalances in hormonal regulation, insulin resistance, and inflammation. Recognizing these root factors is essential for effective management. Treatment focuses on restoring hormonal balance and addressing lifestyle factors, providing a comprehensive approach to improving PCOS symptoms.


Symptoms of PCOS

PCOS can present in many different ways, depending on the individual and the severity of the condition. Some common symptoms of PCOS include:

  • Irregular or absent periods
  • Heavy or prolonged periods
  • Acne or other skin changes
  • Hair growth on the face or body
  • Hair loss or thinning on the head
  • Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
  • Infertility or difficulty getting pregnant

Causes of PCOS

PCOS is a hormonal disorder that is caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Insulin resistance
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Environmental toxins
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Chronic stress and emotional trauma

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Treatments for PCOS

The treatment of PCOS from a functional medicine perspective typically involves a combination of lifestyle changes, dietary modifications, and targeted supplements or medications. Some common treatments for PCOS may include:

  • Stress reduction techniques such as meditation or yoga
  • Dietary changes such as reducing sugar and processed food intake and increasing consumption of whole foods
  • Nutritional supplementation with key nutrients such as vitamin D, magnesium, and chromium
  • Balancing hormones through targeted supplementation or medication
  • Reducing exposure  to environmental toxins
  • Addressing underlying inflammation or infection through targeted supplementation or medication
  • Incorporating regular physical activity or exercise

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