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What is PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)?

PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) is a common hormonal disorder that affects the reproductive system in some women. It can lead to a range of symptoms and challenges. Let’s explore PCOS symptoms, diagnosis, causes, and management, including natural remedies for PCOS


  • PCOS is associated with various symptoms, including irregular or missed periods, excessive facial hair growth, acne (especially jawline and oily skin), weight gain, hair loss on the scalp, infertility, mood and sleep changes, depression or anxiety, and fatigue.

How to Identify PCOS

Identifying PCOS involves a combination of medical history, physical examination, and specific tests. It’s essential to rule out other conditions that mimic PCOS, such as thyroid disorders or adrenal problems, through blood tests and other evaluations. Healthcare professionals typically follow the Rotterdam criteria for diagnosis, which require the presence of at least two of the following three criteria:

  1. Irregular periods: Menstrual cycles that are infrequent, irregular, or absent.
  2. Hyperandrogenism: Elevated levels of male hormones (androgens), leading to symptoms such as excessive hair growth (hirsutism), acne, or male-pattern hair loss.
  3. Polycystic ovaries: The appearance of enlarged ovaries with multiple small cysts on an ultrasound examination.


In PCOS, excess androgens are usually produced by the ovaries or adrenals. However, there are different types and causes of PCOS:

  1. Insulin Resistant PCOS: Elevated insulin levels can stimulate the ovaries to produce excess androgens, such as testosterone, leading to PCOS symptoms like irregular periods, acne, hirsutism, and hair loss. Managing insulin resistance is crucial.

  2. Post Pill PCOS: This type occurs after stopping hormonal birth control, particularly those with a high androgen index. It may cause a temporary surge in androgens, resulting in symptoms like acne, menstrual irregularities, hair loss, and breast tenderness.

  3. Adrenal PCOS: In this subtype, adrenal glands play a significant role in hormone production. DHEAS, a specific androgen produced by the adrenal glands, can lead to hormonal imbalances and PCOS symptoms. Measuring DHEAS levels through a blood test can help diagnose and differentiate between different PCOS subtypes.

PCOS Management with Naturopath/Homeopath/Nutritionist:

A Naturopath, Nutritionist, or Homeopath can offer various ways to manage PCOS effectively:

Lifestyle Modifications: They may recommend lifestyle changes, including diet modifications, exercise, stress management techniques, and adequate sleep to address the underlying causes of PCOS and improve hormonal balance.

Herbal Medicine: Herbal remedies can support hormone regulation, help regulate ovulation and periods, reduce androgen excess, manage inflammation, and improve insulin sensitivity.

Nutritional Support: Personalised dietary guidance may focus on foods that promote hormonal balance, regulate menstrual cycles, reduce inflammation, and manage insulin levels.

Supplements: Specific supplements, such as inositol and omega-3 fatty acids, may be suggested to support hormone regulation, promote regular menstrual cycles, and increase antioxidant capacity to improve fertility.

Homeopathic Remedies: A Homeopath may offer individualised homeopathic treatments tailored to your specific PCOS symptoms and constitution. Homeopathy can complement other holistic approaches in managing PCOS.

Stress Reduction: Stress management techniques can help alleviate PCOS symptoms exacerbated by stress.

Weight Management: For overweight individuals with PCOS, strategies for healthy and sustainable weight loss may be provided to improve symptoms and reduce insulin resistance.

This comprehensive approach, including homeopathic remedies, can provide a well-rounded strategy for managing PCOS and promoting better overall well-being.

If you have concerns about PCOS or hormonal imbalances and would like support in managing your symptoms please book in to chat with one of our team. 

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