What is PCOS?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition that affects up to 18% of women. PCOS is the result small ovarian cysts forming which cause an imbalance of a woman’s sex hormones.  This causes irregular, absent and/or heavy periods as well as difficulty becoming pregnant. PCOS can also increase in androgens, “male hormones”, leading to decreased breast size, a deepened voice, increased facial and body hair with thinning of hair on the head, and severe acne. Many side effect of this hormonal imbalance are high cholesterol, diabetes, diabetes and heart disease.

What Can You Do?

Chiropractic:  Getting adjusted can help lower your body’s overall stressed state by affecting your autonomic nervous system.  It can bring you pain relief from migraines, muscles spasms or low back pain, which will help you feel better and more relaxed.  A chiropractor can also help with your flexibility and improve your biomechanics.  To prevent future injuries.  We can help you with lifestyle options that will help balance your hormones and give you advice on diet and supplements. 

DIET:  A good anti-inflammatory diet.  This is kind of a Mediterranean diet, high in fruit and veggies, good fat/protein and low in carbs.
Avoid:

  • any animal protein that may have hormones or antibiotics.
  • farm raised fish because they are feed corn and soy.
  • too much dairy.
  • sugar, artificial sweeteners, soda, fruit juice.
  • trans fatty acids and hydrogenate fats
  • refined carbs, white flour, sugar and caffeine.

Good to Eat

  • plant protein would be best the source of protein.
  • good quality fats such as cold pressed oils or nuts.
  • carbs in the form of vegetables, whole grains and fruit.
  • low glycemic foods for snacks.  You don’t want to spike your blood sugar.
  • if possible, choose organic food to avoid pesticides that can mess with natural hormone levels.

Supplements: Many women with PCOS find supplements very helpful in relieving various symptoms. Before taking any supplements you need to consult your doctor, to be safe and to customize them to your needs.  Also you pay for what you get, cheap price=cheap product.

This is a general list that I may recommend for those with PCOS are:

  • a good B complex or a good quality multivitamin with chelated minerals and plenty of B vitamins
  • GTF chromium
  • fish oils with plenty of omega 3s

Some other helpful supplements:

  • Cinnamon:  Helps regulate blood sugar
  • Gymnema:  Helps regulate blood sugar and insulin resistance and sugar cravings
  • Black Cohosh:  Black cohosh is a uterine tonic herb and exhibits an oestrogenic effect. It is widely used in menopausal formulas but is valuable for treating amenorrhea, irregular menstruation and PMS. This herb can also lower blood pressure.
  • Saw Palmetto: Saw palmetto is traditionally used to treat male prostate enlargement. However, since it is an anti-androgen many women with PCOS use it to treat hirsutism and acne. It has a side effect of increasing breast size in some and consequently is used in breast enhancing herbal formulas to increase cup size. However, it does not always have this effect.
  • Evening Primrose:  a widely popular supplement taken by many women for PMS, fibrocystic breast disease and to improve skin quality. It can also help with irregular cycles. It is rich in G.L.A and linolenic acid; essential fatty acids which the body requires to regulate hormones. Evening Primrose oil also helps with heart disease, cholesterol and blood pressure. 
  • Dong Quai:  Promotes hormonal balance and helps keep estrogen and progesterone levels within the normal range

Studies

Study on how chiropractic affects your autonomic nervous system lowering stress
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19646369

This is a study on how acupuncture and exercise can help those with PCOS
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20943753

Study showing low vitamin D levels were found 72.8% in women with PCOS
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19628650

Brand new study showing that omega 3′s can help improve hormonal balance for those with PCOS
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21270384

Yours in Health,
Dr Brent Smarinsky DC