Polycystic ovary syndrome or disorder is one of the most common disorders I see in my practice. PCOS is an extremely common disorder, affecting approximately 10% of all women and is the leading cause of infertility in women. Most women realize that something is wrong, they are just not sure what. The symptoms tend to creep up on them and PCOS is not usually tested for until the woman is severely overweight, diabetic or is having issues with infertility. Often lab testing is completed once and never tested again but the disorder tends to progress as time goes on.
Some of the more commonly experienced signs and symptoms include:
There are varying degrees of PCOS symptoms and often the patients I see have some of these symptoms but may not have enough to be formally diagnosed. This can be very confusing for women. Although the name implies that the ovaries must have cysts in order to be diagnosed, this is not true. In fact, polycystic ovary syndrome is formally diagnosed if a woman has at least 2 of the following:
Most commonly conventional medical treatments include: diabetic drugs, birth control pills and fertility treatments. Naturopathic medicine has some great avenues in treating PCOS by working with the hormonal imbalance. Of course, naturopathic treatments are individualized to each case but general goals include:
If you are in the Kelowna area and wish to see a naturopathic doctor about your PCOS symptoms, please contact Dr. Katie Coombs, ND at The Core Centre of Health.