Polycystic ovary syndrome consists of a hormonal disorder that affects the functioning of the ovaries.
During a menstrual cycle, an ovum must be released during ovulation. When the ovum is fertilized and implanted, pregnancy occurs. On the other hand, when it is not fertilized, menstruation occurs. The ovums are released from the follicles. In women suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome, either the follicle does not release the ovum and there is anovulation, or the ovum is released but it is not developed properly, so the woman has problems getting pregnant. So, polycystic ovary syndrome can cause both menstrual cycle depletion and infertility or cysts on the ovaries. Cysts are formations that appear on your ovaries when an ovum does not develop and is not released in time.
Symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome
- Excess androgenic hormones
- Excessive hair growth – hirsutism
- Excess insulin
- Emergent disturbing cycle
Treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome
Once the diagnosis has been established, the doctor will use symptomatic treatment. There is no specific treatment to cure this condition, and its cause is not yet known.
The treatment used by doctors to treat polycystic ovary syndrome may include:
- Birth control pills for menstrual cycle adjustment
- Insulin regulation drugs
- Medicines to stimulate ovulation
- Medicines to slow hair growth
Natural Remedies for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Adopting a proper diet – an ideal diet for people suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome is the low carbohydrate diet as it stabilizes the level of insulin in both blood and hormone. The Paleo diet is suitable for women suffering from this syndrome because it removes refined carbohydrates and is based on vegetables, fruits and whole grains, which maintain balanced blood sugar levels and decrease insulin.
- Sport – sport is an effective remedy for polycystic ovary syndrome, although it apparently has nothing to do with it. Physical activity reduces blood insulin levels and a normal 30 minute walk has a positive impact on the body.
- Yoga is also an effective way to treat polycystic ovary syndrome. A study has shown that a 12-week yoga program is effective in lowering testosterone levels, regulating the menstrual cycle, but also in diminishing hirsutism.
- Acupuncture – studies done in recent years have shown that acupuncture is beneficial in treating ovarian cysts but also in stimulating blood flow to the ovaries or reducing insulin. Unlike drug treatments, acupuncture does not have side effects. Another advantage of this alternative therapy is that it reduces stress and anxiety, and even favors restful sleep.
- Adopting a healthy diet, practicing a sport, and using alternative therapies such as acupuncture are extremely effective, especially if they are used in parallel to treat polycystic ovary syndrome. Women can also try to treat this condition with these methods, given that drug treatment can have side effects.
It is important to discuss with your gynecologist, explain how you want to treat this condition and take into account his advice and recommendations, even if they are against your beliefs. Your health is the most important.