Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
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Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a complex, multifactorial disorder that has genetic, environmental, hormonal, dietary and metabolic factors at play. Primarily, due to metabolic and hormonal imbalances, insulin and androgens are increased resulting in overstimulation of the ovaries. The major sign of PCOS is irregular menstrual cycles, sometimes even longer than 45 days. Other signs and symptoms include weight gain, increased facial hair, infertility, and mood changes. Conventional treatment involves oral contraceptive pills to regulate the hormones and blood sugar regulating medications.
How can a naturopathic doctor help?
Dr. Swalah, ND is aware of the importance of proper hormonal function and uses additional diagnostic testing to understand what hormones are imbalanced, by how much and which other hormonal pathways are being implicated. By testing, we are removing the guesswork and creating the best treatment protocol. By testing, we are diving deep into understanding what the root cause is and addressing it, rather than just alleviating the signs and symptoms.
After Dr. Swalah has thoroughly assessed and investigated the degree of hormonal imbalances and does a full patient assessment she curates a custom treatment plan of evidence-based natural remedies including:
Dr. Swalah, ND works with her patients to establish a diet plan that is sustainable and proven to be effective with not only managing the symptoms of PCOS but addressing the root cause: hormonal and metabolic imbalances. The goal of therapy is to regulate blood sugar levels in an effort to stabilize insulin.
Dr. Swalah supports the bodies natural healing mechanism and physiological function with the use of nutraceuticals that have been proven to be effective for women with PCOS. Certain liver supporting nutrients, like B complex, N-acetyl cysteine, magnesium, and DIM are good at clearing the excess androgens produced in PCOS.
Herbs and botanical medicine are another important treatment option for individuals with PCOS. Plants and herbs have strong medicinal properties, for instance, saw palmetto is effective in decreasing the action of testosterone. Gymnema sylvestre is a well known and potent blood sugar regulating substance and research has shown that it can help regulate insulin. Dr. Swalah, ND utilizes customized, individualized herbal support for her patients with PCOS.