Hormonal imbalances can be the cause of many women's health issues and be present in so many different ways. It is understandable that there is so much confusion on the subject! Standard treatment often involves hormonal medication or contraception which can be necessary to control severe symptoms. However, this does not always address the underlying drivers of these conditions and after ceasing medications the health issue can remain. Additionally, some medications can lead to undesirable side effects.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder in women of reproductive age worldwide and the leading cause of anovulatory infertility.
This conditions remains undiagnosed and unmanaged in most people who have it
There are four types of PCOS: Insulin-resistant PCOS, Inflammatory PCOS, Adrenal PCOS, and Contraceptive Pill-induced PCOS.
PCOS is manageable when diagnosed, and lifestyle changes have been shown to make a big difference.
The symptoms can vary from person to person and the underlying causes are not well understood and may involve a mix of different genetic and environmental factors.
Some of these factors include insulin resistance, inflammation, adrenal influences, and impacts of stopping the contraception pill.
Symptoms of PCOS include:
Anovulation often leading to infertility (Lack of ovulation)
Menstrual irregularities often leading to infertility issues
Amenorrhoea (Absence of menstruation)
Dermatological abnormalities due to hyperandrogenism
Anxiety and depression
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
Vitamin D deficiency (VDD)
High blood pressure
Obstructive sleep apnoea
Here at Flourish Health Emporium, our team of healthcare professionals are experienced in dealing with hormonal issues and their aim when addressing PCOS is firstly to address the underlying drivers of the symptoms you are experiencing. Once this has been established, we create a treatment plan that will be tailor made to fit your individual case.
To do this we use evidence-based suggestions which may include diet and lifestyle recommendations or herbal and nutritional supplements where appropriate while prioritising safety and consulting with your primary health care provider. We also utilize lab testing when appropriate because we believe testing is better than guessing!