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Jul 24, 2016

Do you have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)! Find out!

The term “polycystic” literally means that a woman’s ovaries have multiple small cysts on them, which is caused from ovaries not being released normally and therefore, building up in the ovaries into little “sacks.” Normally, the ovaries release a small amount of male sex hormones (called androgens), but in women with PCOS, their ovaries start making slightly more androgens. Polycystic ovary syndrome is a common condition related to a hormonal imbalance in women of reproductive age. It is characterized by high levels of androgens (male hormones) in the body. The condition leads to issues like changes in the menstrual cycle, cysts on the ovaries and fertility problems.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or “multiple ovarian cysts” affect many teenage girls and adult women.   PCOS often begins shortly after puberty and can persist for years without showing any signs or symptoms. It can be a frustrating, and sometimes painful condition. However, there are natural treatment options available that are safe and effective even for teenage girls.

What are ovarian cysts?

Ovarian cysts are formed when ovulation doesn’t occur as it is supposed to.  Within each ovary there are sacs called follicles that contain eggs.  Normally, one or more eggs are released during each menstrual cycle – this is ovulation.  In PCOS the eggs within the follicles do not mature and are not released from the ovaries.  Instead, they form small cysts in the ovary – ovarian cysts.

Signs and Symptoms of PCOS- Having ovarian cysts is not enough for a diagnosis of polycystic ovaries.  You also must have other symptoms of PCOS. Typically a combination of the following symptoms is present:

If you have symptoms of PCOS, there are laboratory tests and ultrasound studies that should be done before a diagnosis of PCOS is made.

What causes PCOS?

PCOS is caused by hormonal imbalances.  An imbalance in a number of different hormones can lead to symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome.  Imbalances in the pituitary, ovaries, pancreatic and adrenal hormones have all been linked to PCOS.  Insulin resistance (a lack of responsiveness to insulin in the cells of your body) is an important factor in the development of PCOS.  Hormone testing should be done to identify your personal imbalances.

PCOS also has a genetic component – if a family member has it (your mother, aunt or grandmother) then you are more likely to develop it.

What treatments are available for PCOS?

With proper diagnosis and treatment, most PCOS symptoms can be effectively managed or eliminated.  The goals for PCOS treatment are to balance hormone levels, decrease insulin resistance and maintain a healthy body weight.

Most Medical Doctors will prescribe a daily birth control pill to manage PCOS.  This approach uses synthetic hormones to artificially ‘balance’ the body’s hormones.  Naturopathic Doctors use diet, vitamins, minerals, herbs and natural supplements to correct the body’s balance and teach it how to maintain hormonal balance without using medicines.

Diet-  Do’s & Don’ts

Try these herbs to balance hormones-

Chaste Berry (Vitex agnus-castus)- Chasteberry, also called vitex, is another popular herb for relieving the symptoms of PCOS and treating infertility due to a hormonal imbalance. Chasteberry inhibits prolactin synthesis and raises progesterone levels restoring balance to two important hormones involved in the menstrual cycle.  Low progesterone levels are very common during puberty and are known to contribute to the formation of ovarian cysts. The most effective plant for treating this disease is vitex (vitex agnus castus), a remedy that has been traditionally used to regulate hormone levels, prevent irregular periods, and restore ovulation in women who have stopped having their period. It’s especially effective when the PCOS is accompanied by low levels of progesterone and prolactin.
Boil a cup of water and add one teaspoon of fresh or dried chasteberries. Let it steep for about 10 minutes. Strain and drink this tea daily for a few weeks or months, until you see improvement. Discontinue its use once you are satisfied with the results.
Alternatively, you can take this herb in supplement form. For proper dosage and suitability, consult your doctor.

Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens)- It is a very effective hormone balancer for PCOS.  Saw Palmetto decreases the conversion of testosterone to its more biologically active form (dihydroxytestosterone or DHT).  Saw palmetto is effective in addressing symptoms of acne, hair loss, and facial hair growth. Take 320 mg of standardized saw palmetto extract daily for a few months. If you are taking a liquid extract, take one teaspoon per day.

Maca- Maca works to balance estrogen and progesterone in the body which may help to encourage a healthy menstrual cycle. It is an adaptogen and an incredible fertility superfood. It helps to balance the hormones, but does not contain any hormones itself. It is able to do this by nourishing the endocrine system.

Cinnamon- Cinnamon can help improve menstrual cycle in women with PCOS. This herb can also help reduce insulin resistance in women with PCOS. Add one teaspoon of cinnamon powder to a glass of hot water. Drink it daily for a few months or until you are satisfied with the results. Alternatively, you can take this herb in supplement form after consulting your doctor. You can also include this spice in your diet by sprinkling cinnamon powder on your cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, cottage cheese, peanut butter sandwich and on other foods.

Flaxseed- Flaxseed can also be used to combat PCOS as it helps decrease androgen levels. Plus, being high in fiber, flaxseed helps slow down glucose metabolism and lower cholesterol levels. The omega-3 fatty acids in this superfood also reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease. Add roasted or grounded flaxseeds in your diet regularly by adding it to your smoothies, soups and salads.

Cod Liver Oil- Again, Cod Liver Oil is a rich source of omega-3 EFA’s. Eating omega-3 essential fatty acids can help to lose weight, balance hormones, and creates a healthy environment for conception. Omega-3 EFA’s have been shown to aid hormonal regulation and reduce inflammation.

Spearmint Tea- Spearmint Tea can also help deal with PCOS due to its anti-androgenic properties. Drinking spearmint tea can help reduce hirsutism, or excess body hair, by reducing free and total testosterone levels and increasing luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) levels.

Licorice root- Licorice root helps the body to maintain proper hormone production and release.It also supports healthy insulin levels and liver health which is important for women with PCOS.

Apple Cider Vinegar- Apple Cider Vinegar is also beneficial for dealing with PCOS because it helps control blood sugar and keeps your body from producing too much insulin. Less insulin means less testosterone. Plus, it will help you lose weight and improve your overall health.

Fenugreek- Fenugreek promotes glucose metabolism in the body and improves insulin resistance. This in turn helps balance your hormones. It may also help lower cholesterol, aid weight loss and promote healthy heart functioning. Soak three teaspoons of fenugreek seeds in water for six to eight hours. Take one teaspoon of the soaked seeds along with some honey in the morning on an empty stomach. Also take one teaspoon of the seeds about 10 minutes prior to lunch and one teaspoon prior to dinner. Continue this treatment daily for a few weeks or until you see improvement.

Additional Tips
Ø  Keep your weight in check as it will help reduce the level of male hormones in your body. Losing just 10 percent of your body weight can help bring your periods back to normal. Get regular physical activity, it will alleviate many symptoms of PCOS and improves lean mass in the body.
Ø  Incorporate more fiber-rich foods like whole-grain products in your diet.
Ø  Increase your dietary intake of B vitamins, especially vitamins B2, B3, B5 and B6, to help reduce PCOS symptoms.
Ø  Quit smoking; women who smoke have been found to have higher androgen levels.
Ø  Avoid the use of plastics in food consumption, preparation and storage.
Ø  Do not drink water from a plastic container.
Ø  Don’t skip meals. Eat three major meals with snacks in between.
Ø  Change the composition of each meal by including fruit and vegetable.
Ø  Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol.
Ø  Avoid Soy!! It mimics estrogens and the goal is to regulate hormones, not jack them up.

(NOTE: It takes at least 6-12 months of consistent lifestyle and diet changes, along with natural therapies to bring about real change in the body when living with PCOS. Take advice from your health care provider before starting on any of these tips.)


  1. Really good information about PCOS. Thanks!

  2. How i got a cure for PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome).
    I actually promised myself that i will do this because i never in life thought i would be cured of PCOS because my gynecologist told me there was no cure and because of this i could not take in and get pregnant. I had PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) for 7 years and this was a big pain to me and my husband due to the downcast we felt for not having a child. I experienced irregular periods or no periods at all sometimes, heavy periods, i gained weight (fat). I seeked a cure from one doctor to the other used androgen, clomiphene, metformin and even travelled to different states to see other doctors to no avail. My husband got to know about Dr. ALeta via a testimony he read on the internet on how a woman got a cure and he contacted her with the contact she left. I got the herbal medication and used it for the speculated 3 months that was all i have a son who is just 8 months old. Do not give up just contact her on (aletedwin @ gmail. com) on how to get the herbal medication. Thanks and i wish you get cured soon too.