Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) affects 12-18% of women and the number is rising. PCOS often presents in different ways as it affects the whole body. It’s generally characterised by the lack of ovulation (or anovulatory cycles) and with that comes irregular or long cycles and changes in other hormones such as testosterone.

Symptoms include the following – Mood changes, weight changes, menstrual cycles irregularity or longer cycles, ovarian cysts, acne, extra hair growth, inflammation symptoms such as pain, blood sugar regulation issues, metabolism problems, infertility and even cardiovascular system issues.
The absolute cause of PCOS is unknown but it appears to have some roots in genetics, stress, chronic inflammation, post pill onset and naturally occurring high levels of androgens. The most important part of the puzzle with PCOS that I see in clinic is blood sugar regulation. As such, diet can go a long way to controlling PCOS and establishing ovulation again. Having correct blood sugar levels is essential for proper ovulation.
I use a few core supplements in my PCOS support protocols to help reduce inflammation and balance blood sugars and hormones, but I always insist on some dietary support to ensure that PCOS can be controlled eventually without supplements. Check out our next blog post for Sam’s tips on managing symptoms of PCOS.

By Samantha Van Dort, IVF Support, Natural Fertility Pregnancy, Hormones

If your seeking support to manage symptoms of PCOS book in for an appointment with Sam here.

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