PCOS

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome 

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS, is a condition in which a woman experiences severe hormonal imbalances that affect her menstrual and ovulatory cycle. This endocrine disorder generally inflicts women of reproductive age and is one of the most common causes of infertility due to irregular menstrual cycles and anovulation (or lack of ovulation). It is estimated that PCOS affects 3-12% of the female population. However, because PCOS can often be difficult to diagnose, so the amount of those suffering may actually be greater than reported values.

 

Hallmark symptoms of PCOS include a combination of infertility, lack of ovulation, irregular periods(or complete absence of periods called amenorrhea), male-pattern facial hair (or hirsutism), acne, male pattern baldness, weight gain, sleep disturbances (such as sleep apnea), and cysts on the ovaries that look similar to a “string of pearls.”

Did you know that not every person with PCOS has insulin resistance? There are several different contributing factors to how and why you developed PCOS. Work with Nicole to help identify YOUR root cause whether it be:

  • Post-Pill (after coming off birth control)
  • Adrenal (related to too much circulating stress hormone)
  • Gut related (from imbalances in gut flora)
  • Inflammatory
  • Insulin-Resistance
Nicole’s Holistic Nutrition Approaches Include:

 

  • Education on what is going on in your body if you have PCOS
  • Foods to avoid to best manage your condition
  • Realistic and natural approaches for a PCOS diet plan
  • Therapeutic foods to boost your natural metabolic pathways
  • Targeted and individualized supplementation protocols
  • Navigating fertility with PCOS

Recommended Laboratory Tests:

Nicole is happy to review labs drawn by your physician (including hormonal panels, comprehensive metabolic panels, complete blood counts, thyroid panels, urinalysis, and others as warranted)

 

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