Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
As the name suggests, Polycystic Ovaries is a condition in which multiple cysts appear upon the ovaries. Quite often this condition is associated with menstrual changes and a reduction in fertility.
Furthermore, unlike other female hormonal issues, Polycystic Ovaries and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome often exist in the presence of wider systemic changes such as Obesity and Insulin Resistance (which may increase Cardiac and Diabetic risk).
Less frequently it may also coexits with High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol.
What is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?
This syndrome occurs when the above symptoms are presented and yet no cysts are found upon the ovaries.
Address Hormonal Imbalances
If you have PCOS addressing the underling Hormonal Imbalances is important. This almost always involves, as with most female health issues in the younger woman, addressing Oestrogen Dominance.
Yet consider Insulin Resistance as well.
As noted, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome often involves wider systemic changes. Obesity often results in association with high insulin levels. Due to this high insulin may need to be addressed by overcoming the underling Insulin Resistance. Insulin Resistance is discussed in the Diabetes section.
So Diet and Exercise are Essential?
Yes. Weight loss and physical fitness are important factors to include in your treatment for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Indeed given the wider implications of associated conditions ( a cluster often entitled Metabolic Syndrome), these lifestyle changes are essential in the long term to minimise future cardiovascular, diabetic and hypertension risks.
Manage associated Medical Conditions
In the instance that High Blood Pressure or Cholesterol exist these conditions should also be addressed. (see Cardiac Disease and Hypertension)
What about Stress?
As the female hormones and insulin are also affected by stress hormones dealing with any life issues can be important. Consider any of the following that may be relevant.
Relaxation and Meditation independent or as part of a Yoga programme
Other Effects Based Stress Managements techniques
Cause Based Stress Management Techniques
Achieving Work Life Balance
Learning to effectively manage Emotions
Prioritising Family and other Relationships (including healing old wounds)
Becoming connected with your community, environment and, if you are spiritual, the concept of God/Universe that matters to you.