PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) is the most common female endocrine disorder, affecting 10% of women of reproductive age. PCOS causes a multitude of symptoms; some are merely annoying and some are truly devastating to the patient. It is associated with an increased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Do you have any of the following symptoms?
The symptoms of PCOS can vary from woman to woman. Some of the symptoms of PCOS include:
- Infertility because of not ovulating (PCOS is the most common cause of female infertility)
- Infrequent, absent, and/or irregular menstrual periods
- Hirsutism — increased hair growth on the face, chest, stomach, back, thumbs, or toes
- Cysts on the ovaries
- Acne, oily skin, or dandruff
- Weight gain or obesity, usually with extra weight around the waist
- Male-pattern baldness or thinning hair
- Patches of skin on the neck, arms, breasts, or thighs that are thick and dark brown or black
- Skin tags — excess flaps of skin in the armpits or neck area
- Pelvic pain
- Anxiety or depression
- Sleep apnea (when breathing stops for short periods of time while asleep)
Lifestyle Changes Recommended
- Eliminate alcohol consumption during the GI healing phase.
- Avoid use of aspirin and NSAIDS and if you are on prescribed aspirin then consult your health care provider.
- Avoid all allergenic foods.
- Control stress and practice good night sleep habits.
- Limit processed foods and foods with added sugars.
- Add more whole-grain products, fruits, vegetables, and lean meats to your diet. This helps to lower blood glucose (sugar) levels, improve the body's use of insulin, and normalize hormone levels in your body. Even a 10 percent loss in body weight can restore a normal period and make your cycle more regular.