Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) affects 1 in every 15 women. With this condition several hormone imbalances are seen. It is one of the most common endocrine disorders
Women with PCOS tend to produce higher than normal amounts of male hormones, such as testosterone. Other hormones that are often affected in this condition, include: thyroid hormones, estrogen, progesterone, insulin and cortisol. Not only do we see hormone levels affected in this condition, but some women may develop numerous cysts (sacs) in their ovaries. These sacs are actually follicles and that contain an immature egg. However the eggs never mature enough to trigger ovulation, which is why fertility challenges are common is PCOS patients.
In addition to fertility challenges, some of the other symptoms a woman may experience are:
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Fertility challenges
- Excessive hair growth on the face and body
- Increased risk of Type 2 Diabetes
- Weight Gain
- Hair thinning and hair loss
Like many other conditions, the root of PCOS is multifactorial. High levels of both insulin and androgens (male hormones), genetics and inflammation all play a role. Given that there are various contributing factors to the development of PCOS, we attack this condition from various angles. From comprehensive lab testing, to reducing toxic burden we get to the root cause to eliminate your symptoms and keep your hormones happy!