I was looking at PCOS pictures the other day for my site, and I realized that there are a lot of women who suffer from PCOS. It is estimated that one in ten women will be afflicted with this disorder at some point in their lives. Most of the time, they go for several years searching for a diagnosis. One isn’t usually found until the problem is severe and painful.
One of the first things people think of with PCOS is the multiple ovarian cysts. After all, PCOS means polycystic ovarian syndrome. Many women first find out they have it when one of the cysts bursts, or when they are trying to get pregnant but having trouble. Only then is it diagnosed.
So what is a good treatment plan? Most people immediately try to treat the symptoms – the multiple cysts. However, that is usually ineffective. Hormonal treatments such as birth control can make the problem worse. Even if you have surgery, the cysts can come back again.
A better option is to treat the cause. Here the two most common causes of PCOS:
- Insulin resistance.
- Disorder of the hypothalamus or the ovaries in producing hormones.
In order to treat this naturally, you will need to do two things: control insulin levels through diet and exercise, and find an appropriate hormone balance for your body.
Controlling your insulin levels takes a little work to get used to. You will want to choose a balanced diet, including plenty of fruits and vegetables. Focus on eating foods that are low on the glycemic index. Also switch to whole grains, avoiding processed flour and sugars whenever possible. For more advice on this, you’ll want to consult a diabetic eating plan.
Exercise can help your body regulate itself overall. Exercise gives you the opportunity to burn off some of the extra sugar your body is not absorbing. It also prevents that sugar from turning into fat. Working out can help cleanse the body by removing impurities through sweat.
Balancing the hormones is a bit more difficult, as every woman’s needs for this will be different. Some women will have too much testosterone. Others have too much estrogen. Still others are not producing appropriate amounts of progesterone. Fortunately, there are many treatment plans that you can experiment with to see which will work best for your body. It will take some work, but it is possible to bring PCOS back under control.