Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), is a condition where the ovaries produce an abnormal amount of androgen or male sex hormones. Cysts, which are small, fluid-filled sacs that form in the ovaries of people with PCOS, can often be found. PCOS, which affects 1 in 5 women worldwide, is often overlooked. To manage this, the first step is to determine your PCOS type and learn how to treat it.
Types Of PCOS
There are mainly four types of PCOS:
Insulin resistance PCOS:
Insulin resistance is the most common trigger of PCOS. This type of PCOS is the most common, and affects around 70% of people. This happens when the cells of the body become “numb” from insulin’s effects, which causes the pancreas and other organs to produce more insulin than usual. This type of PCOS comes with struggles with your weight, especially gaining weight around the stomach/abdomen, sugar cravings, as well as symptoms like fatigue.
Some women who stop taking oral contraceptives pills may develop post-pill PCOS. The pill prevents you from getting pregnant by suppressing ovulation. Women who stop taking the pill experience an increase of androgen production. This can lead to symptoms like hair loss, irregular periods, and acne.
Chronic inflammation can cause hormone imbalances by increasing testosterone production and suppressing ovulation. This type of PCOS can cause headaches, joint pain, fatigue, and skin problems such as eczema. It can also lead to bowel problems such as IBS.
This type is a result of excessive stress. The adrenal organs control the stress response and produce another form of orrogen in response to stress. This can cause symptoms similar to those of other types of PCOS.
Other causes of PCOS:
Many women have symptoms of PCOS, but they don’t get diagnosed with one of the main types. Vitamin deficiencies, food intolerances and thyroid disease are the most common causes of these symptoms. Women may also experience symptoms that are not easily identified, but lifestyle changes and vitamin deficiencies can be helpful in controlling them.
Treatments that can be used with any type PCOS
- Reduce consumption of refined sugars and processed simple sugars.
- Reduce inflammation of dairy and gluten.
- Regular exercise is a great way to lose sugar, build muscle, manage stress, and get better sleep.
- Optimizing your gut health will keep toxins out of the body, eliminate old hormones, and reduce inflammation.
- It is important to establish a daily practice of stress management such as guided imagery, mindfulness, or
- Good sleep and enough sleep every night.
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