Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) affects one in ten women of childbearing age. It is a condition where certain hormones are out of balance. These imbalances typically show up as irregular menstrual cycles, a higher level of androgens (a type of hormone including testosterone) in the body, and small cysts in the ovaries. PCOS can cause symptoms including excess facial and body hair, acne, and mood changes. It can also make it difficult to become pregnant, and may even be the cause of infertility.
Approximately 8 in 10 people who have PCOS have irregular cycles. About 7 in 10 people with PCOS have high testosterone, but this is not always the case. High testosterone causes symptoms including facial and body hair, also known as hirsutism,, hair loss on the head, and acne on the face and back. Not everyone with PCOS develops small cysts in their ovaries—cysts are a symptom of PCOS, rather than a cause. While they can contribute to hormonal imbalances, the cysts themselves are usually harmless and sometimes indicate that a woman is not ovulating properly. PCOS cysts do not rupture and cause pain like ovarian cysts. PCOS is associated with type 2 diabetes, infertility, cardiovascular disease, obesity, sleep apnea, fatty liver disease, and even depression.
Irregular menstrual cycles– periods are infrequent or more common, frequent, unpredictable, or absent
Periods that are painful, heavy or scant
New or excess hair growth on the face and body
Hair thinning on the head
Skin issues: oily skin, acne, dark patches on the back of the neck
Blood sugar problems
Weight gain, especially around the abdomen
Depression and anxiety
A number of causes are being explored and to be honest, researchers are not sure of the definitive cause, but many hypotheses are being entertained. We do know that insulin resistance, inflammation and genetics play a role. Stress also seems to exacerbate the diagnosis. It is likely a mix of pathogens and environmental toxicities like endocrine disrupters. The role of environmental endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in causing PCOS is very intriguing. Prenatal or developmental exposure to certain compounds in consumer products, air pollution, pesticides, and cigarettes may predispose a baby to develop PCOS later in life. Some of the compounds being investigated are nicotine, bisphenol A (BPA), BPS, BPF, dioxins, phthalates, and triclosan. They can be found amongst plastics, cosmetics, soaps, clothing, toys, carpets, school supplies, tampons, pacifiers, and in air pollution.
Drink Hibiscus Sabdariffa Tea (there is a good one by Traditional Medicinal) throughout the day with chromium (helps with blood sugar issues).
If you choose not to do a smoothie that day make sure you get 1⁄2 cup legumes (garbanzo beans high in inositol) Vitex tincture alone 1 tsp daily in am. Inositol is one of the most important compound sugar for treating PCOS.
You can heal yourself and reverse PCOS!