Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is defined as the presence of polycystic ovaries, amenorrhea, hirsutism and obesity.

 

PCOS affects 3% of adolescent and adult women.

 

The causes of PCOS include:

  • Increased GnRH (gonadotropic-releasing hormone) secretion by the hypothalamus
  • Pituitary abnormality

 

The signs and symptoms associated with PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome may include:

  • Obesity
  • Insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes
  • Acne
  • Hirsutism (male-patterned hair growth eg. on the chest, abdomen, back and/or face)
  • Amenorrhea (no menstrual period) or oligomenorrhea (fewer menstrual periods)
  • Dysfunctional uterine bleeding
  • Infertility 

 

Be aware that the following complications may arise:

  • Increased risk of ovarian cancer
  • Increased risk of endometrial (uterine) cancer

 

The diagnostic assessment tests and results that may be used to diagnose PCOS include:

  • Increased vimax online semenax perfect work fasting blood glucose
  • Increased LH:FSH ratio
  • Increased prolactin levels
  • Increased androgens (eg. testosterone and DHEA-S)
  • Ultrasound or CT scan shows ovarian enlargement with the presence of 1-15 mm diameter cysts

 

From a Naturopathic standpoint, Dr. Moira Kwok ND will obtain a very thorough medical history in order to put all of your "puzzle pieces" together to form a whole picture of everything that is going on from a health perspective.  From this holistic approach to treatment, she will put together an individualized treatment plan based on a combination of dietary and lifestyle recommendations, supplements, botanicals, acupuncture an/or IV therapy that is based on your specific case.

 

 

References

  • Ferri FF.  2007.  Ferri’s Clinical Advisor: Instant Diagnosis and Treatment.  Mosby Elsevier: Philadelphia, PA.
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