Natural Health Care Solutions for Women with PCOS
There is now good news for women suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and those who also have insulin resistance or intolerance to prescription treatments. Natural health care solutions, such as Identical Natural Hormone Replacement, can help women with PCOS achieve a better quality of life and well-being. One of the primary causes of conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome, infertility and uterine fibroids is a hormone imbalance. At Vitalia Health Care in Vancouver, women can undergo an analysis of their hormones to determine the best treatment for their hormone irregularities.
What is PCOS?
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) affects between six and 10 percent of all women. This common hormonal disorder is most often diagnosed in women of reproductive age. Women with this condition often present with enlarged ovaries containing numerous small cysts along the outer edge of the ovary, giving the ovaries a polycystic appearance. While doctors don’t know the exact cause of PCOS, several factors are believed to play a role, including excess insulin, low-grade inflammation and genetics.
Symptoms of a Hormone Imbalance
PCOS can develop anytime between adolescence and post-menopause; however, symptoms can greatly vary from patient to patient. Studies show that about 60 percent of women with PCOS are overweight or obese and a majority of these women have abnormally high levels of androgens, or male hormones. Insulin resistance is also thought to play a major role in polycystic ovary syndrome. Other symptoms of PCOS include:
- Ovarian cysts
- Irregular, infrequent or absent menstrual periods
- Oily or acne skin
- Hirsutism, or increased hair growth
- Obesity or weight gain
- Dark, thick patches of skin
- Thinning hair or male-pattern baldness
- Pelvic pain
- Skin tags
- Sleep apnea
- Hot flashes
- Low Libido
- Night sweats
- Foggy Memory
- Vaginal dryness
- Depression or anxiety
To determine the proper treatment for a hormone imbalance, Vitalia Health Care in Vancouver uses an Essence (Female Hormone) Profile Test to determine levels of hormones in both pre- and post-menopausal women. Once the patient has undergone a hormone profile, a treatment plan that will mesh well with your current health and lifestyle is recommended. It’s essential to determine your levels of hormones and create a treatment plan, as hormonal imbalances can have a direct impact on a woman’s sex drive, fertility and mood. The right treatment can provide long-term hormone balance.
Since there is no cure for PCOS, the condition must be properly managed to prevent future health problems. Your individual treatment will primarily depend on your symptoms and whether or not you desire to become pregnant. Some women may require a combination of treatments to meet their specific goals. At their Vancouver clinic, Vitalia Health Care offers a variety of natural health care solutions for women with PCOS, including the following:
Bio-Identical Natural Hormone Replacement:
For women going through menopause, bio-identical natural hormone replacement can help to restore the hormones needed to treat the unpleasant symptoms associated with menopause and the signs of aging. The use of natural Bio-HRT can also be used to prevent sagging skin and the formation of wrinkles. All naturopathic doctors at Vitalia Health Care are fully licensed and trained to prescribe bio-identical natural hormone replacement.
Nutrition and Dietary Counseling:
Some women with PCOS can also greatly benefit from Nutrition and Dietary Counseling offered at Vitalia Health Care. A diet high in carbohydrates, caffeine and junk food can affect your body in many negative ways. Nutrition and Dietary Counseling encourages women to eat more nutritious meals and snacks and will target individual health problems, such as PCOS. Heal your hormone imbalances through the foods you eat.
For more information regarding natural health care solutions for women with PCOS, or to learn more about any other treatments and services available at Vitalia Health Care in Vancouver, call 1-604-566-WELL (9355).