PCOS is the single most common hormonal disorder among women of child-bearing age in the United States. It affects approximately 7% of female patients, yet many women don’t understand the symptoms of the disorder or how to treat it.
Though PCOS is common, the general lack of awareness about the disease is due in part to the complex nature of the syndrome. The exact cause of PCOS isn’t known, but several factors are known to play a prominent role:
- Excess insulin or insulin resistance
- Low-grade inflammation
- Excess androgen (male hormones)
Do I have PCOS?
According to the Center for Young Women’s Health, PCOS can manifest in many different ways. Some women may have very infrequent and spotty periods, while others may have prolonged and painful menses. Many patients with PCOS have outwardly noticeable symptoms, while others do not.
Common PCOS Symptoms
- Irregular periods
- Acne on face or body
- Thinning hair
- Weight gain, especially an “apple” body shape that stores body fat in the torso
- Ovarian cysts
- Infertility or repeat miscarriages
- Sleep apnea
- High blood pressure
- Thinning of scalp hair
- Hirsutism or extra hair, especially on the face and chest
- Numerous skin tags
- Acanthosis nigricans or dark patches of velvety skin on armpits and other areas
- Depression or frequent mood swings
PCOS Natural treatment
Balanced Care is the best resource for learning how to treat PCOS with naturally effective solutions. At your office consultation, Dr. Katie or Dr. Julia will take the time to fully explore the issues you are having and come up with a personalized and holistic treatment plan.
Balanced Care’s doctors are well versed in treating PCOS with natural methods that are proven to be safe and effective. Depending on the needs of each person, your natural PCOS treatment plan could include:
At Balanced Care, we believe wholeheartedly in the healing power of a healthy and balanced diet. Nutrition is at the very core of naturopathic medicine. An abundance of fruits, vegetables, anti-inflammatory foods, and healthy proteins fats, plus a reduction in processed and packaged goods is the first step in achieving overall wellness.
Carrying excess weight can exacerbate the symptoms of PCOS patients and put them at a higher risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Together we’ll craft a PCOS diet plan that addresses your specific habits, whether it’s fighting a sugar addiction or figuring out how to consistently consume more whole foods. Losing just 10% of your body weight can have significant positive effects on your menstrual period and ovulation.
There many foods that naturally treat PCOS symptoms, such as:
- Fenugreek seeds
- Coconut oil
- Apple cider vinegar
- Green tea
One of the most important things that set naturopathic medicine apart from other practices is its focus on the entire person – the physical, mental, and spiritual dimensions that make us who we are.
- Getting enough movement and exercise, whether it’s working out in the gym, walking, gardening, or dancing in your living room – is essential.
- Sleeping at least 7-8 hours a night is incredibly important for overall wellbeing. Deep sleep is highly curative, and being consistently sleep-deprived will impede progress on all of your goals.
- Maintaining a balanced diet without feeling deprived of your favorite foods is a crucial component of a healthy life.
- Maintaining a healthy biome of bacteria in your gut has been shown to improve PCOS outcomes
- Mitigating the stress of a busy life and allowing yourself time for self-care is critical.
- Self-care can be accomplished in a vast variety of different ways, including healing with essential oils, meditation, yoga, journaling, and other intentional practices.
- Not all coping methods are equally beneficial. Smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol or caffeine, and recreational drug use can all have a significant negative impact on your holistic healing.
Spiritual:Reflecting on your aspirations, how you plan to achieve them, and the progress you’ve made so far can help you feel grounded and secure in your life’s trajectory.
At Balanced Care, our doctors will assess if you’re getting enough micronutrients from your diet alone and may prescribe supplements if it is in your best interest. The long and dark Minnesota winters cause many people to develop Vitamin D deficiency, which can have a significant adverse effect on mood and bone health. PCOS sufferers may also benefit from supplements such as:
- Fish oil
- Salacia reticulate
- Winter cherry
Detoxifying your body with a customized short-term regimen can be a powerful way to jumpstart your health journey. The accumulation of toxic substances could be holding you back from achieving your wellbeing goals. With the guidance of trained experts like Dr. Katie and Dr. Julia, Balanced Care
Botanical and herbal medicine has been used to alleviate ailments and disease since Prehistoric times. As naturopathic doctors, our expertise in this area allows us to prescribes safe and effective treatments derived from nature.
Talk to the Professionals at Balanced Care
Finding doctors who genuinely listens to your symptoms and strive to understand the full picture of your overall health can be daunting.
At Balanced Care, compassionate, and expert naturopathic doctors Dr. Katie Corazzo and Dr. Julia Liebich have years of experience providing excellent holistic healthcare for women who suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Dr. Katie and Dr. Julia dedicate themselves to guiding your healing under the naturopathic principles of:
- Do no harm
- Trust the healing power of nature
- Identify and treat the underlying causes of illness
- Educating patients
- Treat the whole person in all its dimensions
- Prevent disease by promoting overall health
At Balanced Care, your health and wellness is our top priority. We pride ourselves on our ability to provide a superior clinician experience that is informative, welcoming, collaborative, and above all, effective. By harnessing the power of nature, we can help all of our patients live longer, healthier, and happier lives. Make your first appointment with Balanced Care today!