How can I treat PCOS naturally?

PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome affects 12-18% of women of reproductive age. Whilst the cause is relatively unclear it occurs as a result of a hormone imbalance.

Women with PCOS often have insulin resistance, resulting in higher levels of insulin needed to keep blood sugar levels stable.
Higher levels of insulin impair egg production and ovulation. Women with PCOS may therefore not ovulate.
Instead, the ovaries produce a larger than normal amount of androgens-male sex hormones like testosterone.

These higher androgen levels also affect the reproductive system and hinder ovulation. They also result in many, varied symptoms found in women with PCOS.

Symptoms can include: irregular periods or amenorrhea, heavy periods, acne, excess hair growth on the face or chest, hair loss on the scalp, weight gain, or sleep apnoea.

The term ‘Poly’, refers to multiple cysts that can form on the ovaries as a result of this hormonal imbalance, however not all women experience this symptom.

One common symptom is infertility as a result of the infrequent, irregular or lack of ovulation.
Factors that contribute to the condition are a diet high in sugars or refined carbohydrates.

Ovarian cysts are also affected by stress. The hypothalamus gland is responsible for the feedback system that supports endocrine function. It is involved in triggering the ovulation process.

The hypothalamus is affected greatly during emotional and psychological stress.

Trauma, stress, anxiety, grief or anger can hinder the sensitive feedback cycle that exists between the pituitary gland, the hypothalamus, the adrenals and ovaries.

In Yoga therapy we aim to address the emotional health and wellbeing of the individual. This may include trauma healing or emotional release.
Yoga asana (poses) are practiced to support the glands involved in producing reproductive hormones
Ayurveda and mindfulness practices will improve diet and blood sugar levels
Meditations help to lower stress hormones and provoke a greater sense of awareness over lifestyle choices.