A hormonal disorder that affects women of reproductive age, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects one in ten women, but many aren’t aware that they have it.
Symptoms include irregular menstrual periods, excess male hormones, and/or ovarian cysts, acne, excess hair growth (hirsutism), weight gain, pelvic pain, irregular periods, depression, ovarian cysts, and infertility.
Every month as part of a healthy menstrual cycle, the ovaries release an egg. In women with PCOS, the ovaries will develop a thickened outer wall, underneath which many partially stimulated eggs form cysts, hence the name polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Normally, the ovaries release a small amount of male sex hormones, called androgens, however, in women with PCOS, the ovaries start making slightly more androgens, which is the reason for masculine symptoms like extra facial and body hair and male pattern baldness.
Conventional treatment addresses the symptoms only with birth control and progestin only pills, as well as pills to help with ovulation. As integrative medicine practitioners, we run a series of advanced tests, assess all the contributing factors, and work to create a plan that balances your hormones and puts you back in control.