Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) affects 12-18% of women of reproductive age, with an outstanding approximate of 70% of these cases being undiagnosed. PCOS affects women differently as they all don’t present with the same clinical features.
What clinical features affect you?
- Polycystic ovaries (hypergonadotrophism) confirmed by an ultrasound
- Hirsutism (excessive hair growth)
- Thinning of the hair on the scalp (male pattern baldness)
- Acne (adult acne, cystic acne)
- Oligomenorrhoea (experiencing less than 8 periods per year)
- Amennorhoea (not experiencing any periods at all)
- Insulin resistance (weight gain around the abdomen, family history of diabetes, trouble losing weight, unstable blood sugar levels)
- Discoloration of the skin (in patches around the under arms, neck, groin areas)
- Skin tags or skin folds
- Abnormal cholesterol blood test results (total cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL, HDL)
- Anxiety, Depression and mood irregularities
How does PCOS impact your fertility status?
- For women who have irregular periods it can be hard to either predict when ovulation occurs or there are less ovulations occurring and for some ovulation doesn’t occur at all
- For women who have long cycles ovulation can occur later in the cycle, if it is later than day 17 for some miscarriage risk can be increased.
How can Naturopathic care with Lemon Tree Health help with PCOS and fertility?
- We can assess which clinical features are affecting you and based on these we can provide a treatment plan that is suited to you
- We are quite happy to work with your doctor or specialist to ensure that you get the best care possible
- We will work closely with you to ensure that your dietary requirements are met and will advise you of any lifestyle and environmental factors that could be contributing to your health status
- If pregnancy is one of your desired outcomes then we will advise you of the best preconception care strategies to implement to increase your chances of conception and a health pregnancy.