Women's Health Specialties
PCOS (Poly cystic Ovarian Syndrome)
PCOS has become a disease that affects between 4% to 6% of all women in the U.S., ranging in age from early teens through their 40s. It is also notable that up to 25% of all women have polycystic ovaries, highly suggestive of, but not necessarily diagnostic of, PCOS. Although it is generally difficult to reach a consensus on what definitively comprises PCOS, it is generally felt that the following three features must be present:
- Ovulatory dysfunction
- Evidence of clinical hyperandrogenism (elevated testosterone) or biochemical hyperandrogenemia
- And, exclusion of nonclassic congenital adrenal hyperplasia, androgen-secreting tumors, hyperprolactinemia, or thyroid disease.
I have created a PCOS PROTOCOL in my line of supplements, Reproductive Fertility Nutritionals. RFN PCOS PROTOCOL was created to systematically attend to each piece of the PCOS puzzle. Our Healthy Blood Sugar helps stabilize the blood sugar and decrease the amount of circulating sugar in the system. The Fertility Anti-oxidant helps decrease inflammation in the body, and the Pre-Conception Liver Support helps the liver process the hormones in the body. Our Fetal Health Folate provides the necessary folate and B Complex vitamins for healthy methylation.
Over the years, many more women present in my office having received a diagnosis PCOS. The symptoms range from menstrual abnormalities to infertility. As part of my integrative approach, I have seen how the positive impact pharmaceutical grade supplements can have in not only dealing with the symptoms, but addressing the underlying contributing factors.
PCOS is a syndrome, meaning there are several different metabolic issues occurring at the same time, and there are several distinct pieces of the puzzle that go into the metabolic nature of the disease. First, is the sugar imbalance with excess sugar circulating throughout the woman’s body for a large majority of the time. This contributes to the hormonal imbalance that creates the multitude of cysts that can form on the ovaries. The excess sugar and the cysts then contribute to the metabolic fat imbalance, known as insulin resistance, which is often present in PCOS women.
Insulin is a hormone that facilitates the transport of blood sugar (glucose) from the bloodstream into cells throughout the body for use as fuel. Insulin resistance develops when the normal of insulin secreted is not sufficient to move glucose into the cells - thus the cells are said to be "resistant" to the action of insulin. This causes the pancreas to secrete insulin in higher amounts to maintain adequate blood-sugar movement into cells and a normal blood-sugar level. High insulin levels also have a role in the process that regulates inflammation, which contributes to the development of polycystic ovaries and possible infertility.