Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Margaret By Margaret, 16th Nov 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2mmlxt1h/
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PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome but is sometimes referred to as poly cystic ovaries or ovarian disease. PCOS is thought to affect up to 10 per cent of woman and is one of the main causes of infertility.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: Symptoms

What are the symptoms of PCOS?
The symptoms vary from woman to woman and can include some of the following:
1. Weight gain
2. Absent, heavy or irregular periods
3. Excess body or facial hair
4. Acne
5. Brown skin patches
6. High blood pressure
7. Tiredness
8. Infertility
9. High cholesterol
10. Enlarged ovaries or uterus

What is the cause of PCOS?
Unfortunately no one really knows the exact cause of PCOS however it is thought to be related to a problem with insulin. The pancreas produces insulin after a meal allowing the body to take up glucose to make energy. In a person with PCOS it is thought that the cells don't respond to the insulin in a normal way, creating insulin resistance. High levels of insulin have a stimulating affect on the ovaries, resulting on large amounts of male hormones like testosterone being produced, this can prevent ovulation and therefore cause fertility problems.

Tests.
You should arrange to see your doctor if you're experiencing any health problems. They may suggest one or more tests, for example, blood tests that look at hormone levels and an ultrasound to check for the presence of ovarian cysts.

What you can do.
1. Managing your weight is important for keeping a healthy hormone balance.
2. Swapping refined grains such as white bread, white rice and pasta for wholemeal and whole wheat varieties.
3. Drinking water, diet sodas or herbal teas instead of sugary drinks.
4. Replace sugary sweets and cakes with natural yoghurt or a little high coco chocolate.
5. Go for low carb foods like seeds and nuts.
6. Exercise is important, even a brisk walk each day can help your mood.
7. Herbal treatments such as angus cactus twice a day has shown to help improve PCOS symptoms especially when there is acne involved.
8. The mineral chromium helps to balance and reduce sugar cravings and is a good choice when trying to lose or control weight. However may not be suitable if you are diabetic, so always ask your doctor first.

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Acne, Infertility Natural Health, Irregular, Pain, Pcos, Periods, Pms Remedies, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Weight Control, Weight Gain, Women

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
17th Nov 2013 (#)

Very informative post!

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