How to Cure PCOS Permanently
May 23, 2022

How to Cure PCOS Permanently

If you've been diagnosed with PCOS, you might think there's no hope of ever being cured and living a normal life. There are, however, some things you can do to help manage the symptoms. Keep reading to find out how!

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that affects women of childbearing age. It’s caused by the ovaries producing high amounts of androgens (male sex hormones). These hormones are present in small amounts in women, but due to abnormal insulin levels and insulin resistance, more than 80 percent of women with PCOS have extremely high levels of androgens.

While there is currently no permanent cure for PCOS, there are a number of natural therapies that can help to manage and even reverse your symptoms. Women who have PCOS are more likely to develop certain health conditions or complications, such as:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Gestational diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease or other cardiovascular diseases
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Birth defects

Addressing PCOS with an appropriate treatment plan is critical to preventing symptoms from worsening.

What are common PCOS symptoms?

  • Irregular or infrequent periods
  • Excess body hair or facial hair
  • Weight gain
  • Infertility
  • Acne
  • Hair loss
  • Fatigue
  • Skin tags
  • Period pain
  • Heavy periods
  • Mood swings

Is there a natural PCOS treatment?

Yes! Lifestyle medicine is an evidence-based holistic treatment for PCOS. Lifestyle changes can regulate androgen levels in insulin resistant women to alleviate symptoms. If you have PCOS, incorporating the natural therapies listed below into your treatment plan, in addition to eating a well-balanced diet, will improve your overall health and quality of life.

Chinese herbal medicine

Herbal medicine is so under-utilised in the traditional Western medical model! You’d be amazed at the power of these plants in managing many PCOS symptoms. Working closely with your naturopath and doctor to find an effective treatment plan that includes Chinese herbs can be an excellent way to complement your PCOS management.

Physical exercise

Acupuncture

A traditional Chinese medicine therapy, acupuncture involves the insertion of thin needles into the skin at specific points on the body to treat a variety of conditions, including pain, nausea and fatigue. Some research suggests that acupuncture may also be effective in treating PCOS. A small study published in 2018 found that acupuncture improved symptoms in women with PCOS, including reducing androgen levels and increasing levels of the luteinising hormone, a follicle-stimulating hormone that is necessary for ovulation.

Stress management techniques

One effective way to manage PCOS and its associated symptoms is by managing your stress levels. This is a key component in PCOS treatment. This can be done by practising mindfulness and relaxation exercises like yoga or deep breathing. It’s important to prioritise some form of relaxation into your daily routine, because you deserve it!

Additionally, eating a healthy PCOS diet that is low in sugar and refined carbohydrates can help keep your blood sugar levels stable and prevent spikes in insulin production, which can contribute to PCOS symptoms and stress. Making other lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, may also help to improve symptoms and overall health.

The importance of properly diagnosing PCOS

The first step in treating PCOS is to get an accurate diagnosis. In addition to evaluating your symptoms, your healthcare provider will enquire about your medical history and lifestyle during a PCOS diagnosis. In addition, you will be subjected to a physical examination as well as some tests, such as:

  • Pelvic ultrasound is a diagnostic tool used to create images of the organs and structures in the pelvis. Pelvic ultrasounds are typically performed by a radiologist, while the images are interpreted by your doctor.
  • Blood tests are performed to determine your blood glucose levels, which in turn determine your body's insulin levels.
  • Anti-müllerian hormone tests measure levels of müllerian-inhibiting hormone in the blood. It is used to help distinguish between PCOS and other conditions with similar symptoms.

No matter how long you've been battling PCOS, with the right combination of treatments and lifestyle changes, you can successfully reverse many of the symptoms and live your life to the fullest!

Dr Michelle Woolhouse

Integrative GP and Vively Medical Director

Dr Michelle Woolhouse is an integrative GP, with over 20 years experience treating chronic conditions through lifestyle medicine