Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in an endocrine disorder that causes the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone to be out of balance. This imbalance leads to the development of ovarian cysts which can cause menstrual irregularities and infertility. While the cause of PCOS is still unknown, women who have PCOS have increased insulin levels, the hormone in charge of sugar and starch usage and storage in the body. A low glycemic index food diet is important for women who suffer PCOS.
Initially a PCOS patient may show acne due to increased androgen levels in the body and excess hair growth called hirsutism. Menstrual cycle will be infrequent, irregular and at times absent for many women. PCOS often lead to difficulties in conceiving due to hormone imbalances and cysts growth on the ovaries.
In my practice, I work with women to eliminate the signs and symptoms of PCOS and assist in improving their chance of pregnancy. My treatments are a combination of acupuncture, herbs and supplements.
My three favorites supplements for PCOS are:
According to the International Journal of Endocrinology, myo-inositol regulates blood sugar and improves follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) signaling. It also plays a role in the improving egg quality to increase chances of pregnancy.
Folic acid is necessary to protect against neural tube defects during pregnancy and prevent miscarriage. PCOS patients are prone to having a B9 vitamin or folic acid deficiency. Studies have also shown the combination of folic acid and myo-inositol together improve each other’s functionality to reduce acne, reverse hirsutism, correct menstrual irregularities and improve fertility.
We assume due to the beautiful sunny weather we have in San Diego that we get enough vitamin D, but studies and my patients’ lab tests tell us differently. While vitamin D is important for strengthening bones, it also affects the way a cell carries out its function affecting fertility. PCOS patients are also susceptible to vitamin D deficiencies aggravating their symptoms.
To take control of your PCOS, make an appointment today with Dr. Devon at 619-518-4222.