PCOS, or polycystic ovarian syndrome is an endocrine disorder marked by hormone imbalances, and is the leading cause of infertility. There is an increased production of male hormones, mainly testosterone, which is the cause of most of the symptoms. Although the exact cause is unknown, there does seem to be a genetic predisposition. It is often accompanied by insulin resistance, diabetes, and obesity. Despite it's name, not all women with PCOS have ovarian cysts.
Symptoms of PCOS can include:
Naturopathic treatment for PCOS
The goals of treatment are to balance hormone levels, promote ovulation, weight loss and to increase fertility.
Botanical medicine, nutrition and dietary modifications will be a main part of the individualized treatment plan to decrease production of male hormones, help balance blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol and to establish a healthy weight. Acupuncture can also be effective at restoring natural ovulation and fertility.
If you are experiencing symptoms of PCOS, contact Dr. Lesley to find out how Naturopathic Medicine can benefit you.
Dr. Lesley D’Souza, ND began her studies at the University of Toronto, obtaining a Bachelors of Science in Human Biology with a minor in psychology. She then received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine at The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Ontario which is an accredited four-year, intensive post-graduate naturopathic medical program. As part of her studies, Dr. Lesley completed a twelve-month internship at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic, the largest naturopathic clinic in North America. http://www.drlesleynd.com