What is PCOS?
Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome is caused by an imbalance of hormones. Too much oestrogen and not enough progesterone is present, so leaving the hormones unbalanced. In PCOS suffers the body produces too many androgens, so this prevents normal monthly egg development in the ovaries, which block the growth and development of eggs before they reach full maturity. The ratio of LH Luteinizing Hormone to Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) is often abnormally high.
Due to the high levels of Oestrogen and Androgens, POCS sufferers often have a absence of periods or a irregular menstrual cycle. This is due to the absence of ovulation.
Small cysts can develop on the outer edge of the ovaries in POCS sufferers and this is due to immature eggs that have failed to develop properly and haven’t released – so they have only partially been stimulated. Therefore the ovaries do not produce eggs and so getting pregnant is difficult and infertility can occur.
Diagnosis of PCOS
Diagnosis of PCOS is carried out by a scan. In most cases this scan shows that the ovaries are enlarged and have multiple small cysts in them. . A blood test is carried out to check a woman’s hormone levels and is normally carried out in the first 5 days of the menstrual cycle.
Symptoms of PCOS
There are a wide range of symptoms and listed below are a few of them.
- Can be no symptoms at all
- Irregular periods, which may become heavy or even stop altogether.
- Weight gain – and extreme difficulty losing weight
- Excess hair growth, particularly affecting the face, stomach, chest forearms and thighs.
- Difficulty getting pregnant or infertility
- Recurrent miscarriages particularly in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy
- Pelvic pain
- Blemishes or acne on the face, chest and back
- Hot flushes
- Skin tags. Small, excess growths of skin that are normally found on the neck or armpit, which is common in women with POCS.
Treatment of PCOS
Most women are treated with the pill, progesterone hormones are given to help create a regular monthly cycle.
Homeopathic remedies can be used to balance the hormones in PCOS sufferers and there are lots to chose from but these listed below are three of the main remedies. The menstrual cycle can also be regulated by using homeopathic remedies and all symptoms connected to the menstrual cycle. Homeopaths will not only look at the symptoms but will also ask questions to obtain the emotional state, thoughts, diet and personal history of each woman suffering with PCOS as this will affect the extent of the disease. Women treated with homeopathy will be treated on an individual level as each woman will have slightly different symptoms, emotions, diet requirements and trauma’s/life’s struggles.
If you are currently suffering with PCOS or feel you may have PCOS, please get in contact to see how homeopathy and relaxation therapies can help your PCOS symptoms.