“5 to 12% of women between 12 & 45 are affected by PCOS, a leading cause of infertility, conventionally treated with synthetic hormones.”
Here’s an encouraging report about a woman who overcame the challenges of polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS. PCOS is one of the most common female endocrine disorders and thought to be one of the leading causes of female infertility. It affects 5%-12% of women in their reproductive years age 12 to 45. However the prevalence of PCOS increases to 20% in women who are overweight or obese. Conventional treatment involves various synthetic hormones; however, more and more patients are choosing a natural approach.
One of my professional colleagues shared this case study about her niece. The patient in her 30s was struggling with infertility. Her prior physician found her LH or luteinizing hormone level to be elevated as well as her estrogen level low and said she was entering menopause early. Although the doctor recommended Clomid, a fertility drug, the patient decided not to use the Clomid due to the side effects. The patient had short cycles and reported she was menstruating every 2 weeks.
My colleague started her on 2 nutritional formulas Cytozyme-O and Equi-Fem. These 2 supplements provided nutritional support for her ovaries as well as her entire endocrine system. Equi-Fem was developed as a foundational product to assure women have the co-factors necessary to make and sustain hormones. The combination of vitamins, minerals, botanicals and glandular support make Equi-Fem an excellent female multivitamin mineral supplement.
My colleague also recommended a natural progesterone cream. Progesterone helps balance the aberrant testosterone levels. Just as important as the supplements was the change in diet. She changed her diet to reduce insulin and regulate her blood sugar swings. After 2 months of following this regiment she called with the happy news that she was pregnant!
My colleague also mentioned that this approach has worked extremely well for other women who have struggled with PCOS. Let’s look at the clinical picture and some of the other symptoms associated with PCOS.
PCOS is characterized by various combinations and severity of symptoms including:
- Irregular Menstrual Cycles
– meaning they can be scanty or absent.
– which can result from lack of ovulation and often causes first trimester miscarriage.
– resulting in Hirsutism or facial hair, oily skin, male pattern baldness and acne.
- Metabolic syndrome
– with midsection obesity, insulin resistance, sleep apnea and enlarged ovaries with multiple cysts.
PCOS occurs when a woman doesn’t ovulate which causes a disruption in the normal cyclical interrelationship among her hormones, brain and ovaries. Some researchers believe xenobiotics to be the culprit. The exact mechanism is not well understood.
The ovaries are stimulated to produce excessive amounts of male hormones, particularly testosterone, either through the release of excessive luteinizing hormone by the anterior pituitary gland or through high levels of insulin in women whose ovaries are sensitive. Basically the follicle that carries the egg does not release the egg and the follicle becomes a cyst.
Hyperinsulinemia, elevated lipid patterns (usually triglycerides), increased circulating androgens especially testosterone and homocysteine are higher in women having PCOS. Estrogen can be high or normal and progesterone tends to be low.
Remember, Dr. Godo will look for the root cause of your symptoms to discover what may be causing the hormonal imbalance in the first place. Is it a lack of co-factors? Is the liver not breaking down the hormones and recycling them? What about your total toxic load? Maybe your hormonal feedback loops are awry?
Insulin is a powerful hormone and it can dysregulate many hormone feedback loops. Dr. Godo may ask you to reduce the simple sugars in your diet and consume more nutrient dense foods as a foundation, regardless of the treatment plan.
My colleague chose to balance insulin, provide the cofactors necessary to make healthy hormones and normalize the estrogen/testosterone /progesterone balance. Although this treatment has worked very well for my colleague’s patients, be prepared to look deeper because some hormonal cases can be very challenging.
But I think you’ll agree, taking a Wellness approach to polycystic ovary syndrome has health benefits for you and if you are trying to get pregnant for your baby as well. Ask Dr. Godo about supplements and natural treatments for polycystic ovary syndrome.
Dr. Jason Godo, DC