Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is thought to be the most common endocrine disorder found in women.
Common symptoms include irregular menstrual cycle, polycystic ovaries, and hirsutism, as well as an increased risk for a multitude of conditions, including insulin resistance, dyslipidemia and infertility. The prevalence of polycystic ovarian syndrome is generally thought to be between 3% and 10% but it is widely unknown for specific sub-populations based on geographical location and race/ethnicity.
Based on the high degree of variability and inconsistencies between the different diagnostic criteria, there is a unique challenge that exists when determining the prevalence of this syndrome. There are a large percentage of individuals that remain undiagnosed even after visiting multiple health care providers.
The main goal is to determine what the underlying cause is, as to why someone is experiencing various symptoms. With PCOS, each case is different. Below is a list of common treatment principles we consider when treating patients with #pcos
- Manage weight (if required)
- Increase the sensitivity of insulin to the cell
- Reduce elevated androgens (which causes hair loss, hair growth, acne)
- Reduce inflammation
- Restore beneficial gut bacteria
- Encourage regular and healthy ovulation
- Restore nutrient deficiencies
Supplementation for PCOS is on the rise and exciting new supplements are being develop for personalized treatment- for more information please contact Kirby Hendricks (RD).