Natural PCOS Treatment Options

Dr. Tarrin P. Lupo, D.C.

PCOS treatment optionsThere are natural PCOS treatment options based on diet and lifestyle that can help relieve and/or reverse the symptoms

Numerous PCOS treatment options are available these days, including some excellent natural choices. Polycystic ovary syndrome is also called Stein-Leventhal Syndrome.

PCOS natural treatment will most likely include diet/lifestyle changes with specific nutraceuticals. To understand how to manage your polycystic ovary syndrome you need to understand what the real causes of PCOS are.

Causes Of PCOS

Your ovaries naturally form many cysts and ovum (eggs) when they are getting ready to ovulate. Eventually a dominant egg wins out and the follicle it’s inside of bursts, releasing it for fertilization. This is nature’s way of sending out the strongest and healthiest eggs and reabsorbing the weaker ones. The rest of the follicles that didn’t burst shrink and reabsorb their eggs back into the ovary.

When someone has PCOS something is interfering with the hormones that cause normal ovulation so the eggs never release. Instead these fluid-filled follicles swell and become multiple cysts in the ovary. In this state the ovaries can produce too many male hormones called androgens. 

The root cause of PCOS is hormone problems in women. One has to go deeper and ask: what is blocking my hormones from working correctly? Why aren’t my eggs releasing correctly? Leading research is pointing at a high carbohydrate diet and poor sugar regulation as the real culprits behind PCOS. Insulin resistance, diabetes, and even reactive hypoglycemia can all trigger PCOS. There are natural PCOS treatment options based on diet and lifestyle that can help relieve and/or reverse the symptoms.

Video: Dr. Lupo Explains PCOS

Do I Have PCOS?

Do I have PCOS hirsutismAre you a woman who suffers from hirsutism – thick hair on your face, chest, pelvis, legs, buttocks, or back?

If you have more than three of these symptoms you might want to think about getting checked for polycystic ovary syndrome:

  • Are you having irregular periods or none at all?
  • Do you have pain or a popping sensation in your pelvis?
  • Are your menstrual cramps debilitating?
  • Are you growing hair on your face and chin aka “PCOS facial hair”?
  • Do you suffer from hirsutism – thick hair on your face, chest, pelvis, legs, buttocks, or back?
  • Are you losing hair from your head and/or are your eyebrows thinning aka “Thyroid and PCOS hair loss pattern”?
  • Do you still suffer with adult acne or hormonal acne?
  • Do you have mood swings, especially around your menstrual cycle?
  • Do you have areas of dark skin behind your neck, underarms, nipples, and crotch?
  • Do you have fertility problems or cannot carry a baby to term?
  • Do you find it difficult to lose weight no matter how much you exercise or what you eat?
  • Are you overweight?
  • Did you not breastfeed your child or move them to a bottle quickly?
  • Are you more aggressive than the women around you? 
  • Did your mom have PCOS when she was pregnant with you?
  • Do you use products made from BPA? Bisphenol A or BPA has been linked to hormone disruption in women, causing them to make higher levels of male hormones. BPA is a plastic-derived compound found in lots of manufactured items. Did you get dental restorations containing BPA? Do you drink from plastic bottles made from BPA? Do you microwave your food in BPA plastic containers? 

There really is no one test that can confirm PCOS completely; even an ultrasound showing cysts on ovaries does not mean you have polycystic ovary syndrome. A diagnosis is made when many symptoms come together. Your history and multiple symptoms from the list above need to be considered. Blood work and other tests are also needed to confirm the diagnosis and to find the best PCOS treatment options for you. 

Hormone Problems

PCOS treatment options

PCOS estrogen and other hormone problems in women can include the following:

  • Low levels of sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) – These proteins tie up testosterone and keep the male hormone from over-running the system. So if SHBG is down, testosterone runs rampant in the body. This can make women develop male features such as PCOS facial hair. 
  • High levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) – Normally this is a useful hormone to keep your menstrual cycle regulated. This level gets way too high in some women with PCOS and it actually interferes with normal ovulation. 
  • High levels of prolactin – This finding is more rare but does happen with some patients. This hormone causes milk to form in breasts. 
  • High levels of testosterone – Women need to produce a small amount of testosterone to stay healthy, but in PCOS the levels grow excessive and can cause women to develop male features. 
  • High HbA1C – This test should also be considered to confirm sugar regulation issues.
  • Homocysteine – This test is also a good hint of how much inflammation the body is dealing with. 

PCOS Fertility Issues & PCOS Pregnancy

PCOS treatment optionsGetting pregnant with PCOS is very difficult, and many women are on the hunt for natural PCOS treatment options that will help them conceive

It is estimated that 1 out of 10 women in the USA and 1 out of 5 in the UK has some degree of polycystic ovary syndrome. Many women are undiagnosed and never discover they have it. Most of the cases are diagnosed when women are having problems conceiving. Getting pregnant with PCOS is very difficult, and many women are on the hunt for natural PCOS treatment options that will help them conceive.

I've had patients who had PCOS and spent US$10,000 to $30,000 at fertility clinics trying to have a child without success. When I tested them their blood showed high levels of inflammation and poor sugar regulation. A PCOS pregnancy can be very difficult to come to term.

Thin PCOS & Overweight PCOS

PCOS treatment optionsAn overweight or fat PCOS is much more common and easier to diagnose

Most women who suffer from PCOS also have insulin resistance or diabetes, and struggle with being overweight. Ultimately PCOS is a side effect of poor glucose regulation.

There are two presentations depending on whether the woman has high or low sugar levels. PCOS treatment options are optimized based on which presentation the woman has.

Overweight PCOS:

An overweight or fat PCOS is much more common and easier to diagnose. These patients are hyperglycemic and are insulin resistant or diabetic. They will have the same symptoms as a diabetic, but will be growing a faint beard while going bald. 

Thin PCOS:

This is a kind of patient who is a skinny PCOS or a thin PCOS. Since these women don’t present like the standard overweight variety of women who suffer from the disease, their condition often gets overlooked. A thin PCOS usually presents as a reactive hypoglycemic with a touch of hyperthyroid. They are nervous or moody if they don’t eat enough and usually don’t want to eat breakfast.

The thin PCOS have thick hair that grows excessively fast on their body, a deeper voice, adult acne, and under-developed breasts. They usually say they just never developed like the other women around them and will tend to have male features. Because they have high testosterone starting as early as age 11, they fail to develop the curves estrogen causes. When taken from a young age, natural PCOS treatment options can drastically increase the quality of life in affected girls and women.

More PCOS Treatment Options

There are always drugs and surgery that will help regulate the symptoms, but if you’re at this website you are probably looking for a PCOS natural treatment. Many patients ask me about Metformin for PCOS weight loss or what the best birth control for PCOS is, but I just refer them back to their primary physician if they want to go that route. I prefer not to cover up the symptoms with drugs, but instead try to manage their lifestyle and diet to address the root cause of the disease. 

  • One of the best things you can do is get on a PCOS diet. A diet for PCOS is basically the same diet I give to my diabetic or insulin resistant patients since sugar regulation is the root of the problem. The best diets I have seen work to manage PCOS are plant-based diets. My favorite is this book, and it is the one I recommend to patients in my practice. You can access the basics on our website, here.

Supplements For PCOS

supplements for PCOSEmulsified turmeric can help decrease inflammation

Another great PCOS treatment option is to use a mix of high quality nutraceuticals to cool off the inflammation and PCOS in your body. I prefer to use ones that are absorbable because systemic inflammation makes any supplement digest poorly. If you don’t deal with the chronic inflammation first, other supplements for PCOS just won’t work well.

Some good choices to deal with inflammation and PCOS:

Once you cool off your inflammation you can use other PCOS treatment options that will address your sugar dysglycemia.

If you need immediate help with your PCOS, cystic acne, or hair growth you need to use Estroblock Pro. I have seen amazing results with this nutraceutical on my patients, but make sure you get the pro strength not just the regular strength. The product helps manage the excessive testosterone and estradiol levels in the blood, so it can slow down hair growth and reverse even the worst adult acne. But beware this product is just a temporary stop gap until you change your diet and control the root of the problem. If you don't control your diet you might end up taking this product the rest of your life to control your PCOS symptoms. You can find the Pro Strength version linked above. 

Hopefully this list of PCOS treatment options has helped you become more proactive in your approach to this disease. I have seen great results using these methods, and have seen women completely change their lives. Women who had never ovulated began ovulating regularly. Those suffering from adult acne had clear skin for the first time. And clearing up the underlying causes enabled for easier PCOS pregnancies.

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