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By: Dawn Cutillo
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition related to hormone imbalance. Symptoms can have an effect on periods, fertility, weight loss, facial hair, and can cause cysts to form in ovaries, and if untreated, can lead to serious health problems over time. With a steady rise in PCOS among young girls and women in the last decade, it’s become more important than ever to understand more about it. Unfortunately, no single treatment or solution for this condition has been established by the medical community for women to help manage their symptoms. We do know that weight loss can diminish symptoms. Hormones function as chemical messengers in the body that help to trigger the processes of growth and energy production. When hormones are balanced, they work in synergy, and one hormone will signal the release of another hormone. Hormone imbalance disrupts this communication, causing a domino effect of hormones triggering differently than intended. To help treat symptoms manifested by PCOS, medical prescriptions include the birth control pill to aid sex hormone imbalances and blood sugar medications, such as Metformin, to control insulin levels. When pregnancy is desired, stronger drugs like Clomid are used to induce ovulation. It remains unclear whether insulin resistance is the origin of the hormone imbalance that leads to PCOS, or if stress causes the hormone imbalance coupled with the insulin resistance. While we still have a lot to learn about PCOS, it’s important to identify symptoms, which tend to be mild at first.
- Stubborn weight gain and trouble losing weight
- PMS symptoms
- Irregular periods
- Menstrual pain
- Fertility problems
- Acne and Hirsutism (excess face/body hair)
- Insulin resistance
- Lowered progesterone levels
- Lowered estrogen levels, often inhibiting ovulation
- Elevated testosterone levels
- Elevated insulin levels/insulin resistance
- Elevated cortisol levels
If you struggle with any of the above symptoms, you are not alone. While we continue to learn about PCOS, we do know that the body needs to achieve balance between sex and stress hormones for insulin and blood sugar to stabilize. The best approach to this condition is multi-faceted. There needs to be a stabilization of the blood sugar with a hormone balancing diet of whole foods. If the diet is low carbohydrate, it will bring about a ketogenic or fat burning state otherwise difficult to achieve by PCOS patients due to higher insulin levels. To ensure this happens, adding in natural homeopathic glandulars to support the adrenal gland and the stress response is needed. This will simultaneously, but gently, raise progesterone levels to provide the balance that is needed for healthy weight loss to occur. Losing weight has been proven to help alleviate PCOS symptoms. When the hormone progesterone is raised, the normally lowered estrogen in PCOS women will often rise back to normal levels. This process often induces the absent ovulation needed in regulating the monthly menstrual cycle, allowing periods to potentially be symptom-free.
The combination of a low carbohydrate diet, daily stress management, and natural hormone balancing supplements, such as progesterone creams, for long-term maintenance can allow for balancing of all the above hormone-related characteristics of a typical woman with PCOS. Blood sugar may regulate within a few weeks, and often, menstrual cycles and symptoms can regulate and ease in 1-2 cycles.
I have developed a program at BeBalanced Hormone Weight Loss Centers similar to what I described above. Through working with thousands of women, we have helped achieve great results with a large number of PCOS clients. Our natural hormone balancing has helped PCOS clients notice changes in their symptoms and has led to weight loss success stories.
If you relate to any of the topics in this article, we can help. At BeBalanced, our healthy weight loss program has helped over 5,000 women reach their goals, and you could be next. Don’t lose hope, find BeBalanced!
Dawn Cutillo is the author of “The Hormone Shift: Using Natural Hormone Balancing for Your…Mood, Weight, Sleep & Female Health”, has been in the health field for over 28 years, and is the founder and hormone health consultant of BeBalanced Hormone Weight Loss Centers. She is degreed and certified in health and nutrition. In addition to overseeing the operation of the BeBalanced flagship center in Lancaster, PA, Dawn also owns Infinity Health LLC, a national consulting company, which advises healthcare practitioners on how to aid patients in balancing their hormones for weight, mood, sleep and health issues.