It is estimated that 1 in 5 to 1 in 10 women are affected by polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) in the UK. Symptoms of PCOS can be experienced from the teens and onwards. While some women are only diagnosed after seeking medical help because they have experienced difficulties conceiving. PCOS is one of the most common reasons for female infertility.
- irregular periods or no periods
- hirsutism – excess face or body hair
- male pattern baldness
- cystic ovaries
Why some women experience pcos and others don’t is unknown. However it can run in families and being obese is a risk. Low levels of Inflammation and excess insulin can also be factors contributing to the condition. Women with PCOS are at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
It is possible to have pcos without having cysts on the ovaries and it’s possible to have polycystic ovaries without symptoms of pcos. Contrary to popular belief, you can be of nomal weight and still have pcos.
Pharmaceuticals prescribed for pcos include oral contraceptives and metformin (to reduce insulin levels in the blood).
Many women would rather try the natural route first (diet, exercise and herbs) as they see both oral contraceptives and metformin as sticking plasters rather than a real solution.
If you need help with PCOS and would like to try the natural route, please do get in touch.
If you think you have insulin resistance, regular exercise will help sensitise your cells to the effects of insulin and improve insulin resistance. Research has shown walking after meals lowers blood glucose/sugar levels which reduces the secretion of insulin.