PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome)

A growing epidemic

PCOS seems to be a growing epidemic, with more and more women being diagnosed each year.

Most women are told by their GP that the only current treatment is to remain on the pill (the oral contraceptive pill), that they will have difficulty falling pregnant, and may require fertility treatment such as IVF in later years.

However we’re able to assist many of our PCOS patients back to regular menstrua cycles, successful fertility and greater control over their health.

PCOS Symptoms

At Wellness Perth Natural Medicine we understand there are many effective natural options that can usually resolve PCOS and its surrounding symptoms, including resolving ovarian cysts, the factors behind weight gain and difficulty losing weight, excess androgen hormones such as testosterone, and infertility. To date, we have experienced excellent success in resolving these symptoms in countless women, as well as ensuring regular, symptom-free period cycles and healthy pregnancies.

Common PCOS symptoms include:

  • Ovarian cysts
  • Acne
  • Difficulty falling pregnant
  • Period pain and discomfort
  • Painful breasts before periods
  • Slow metabolism
  • Obesity
  • Low thyroid symptoms
  • Excessive androgen hormones
  • Raised oestrogen hormones
  • Insulin resistance
  • Breast lumps or cysts
  • Irregular periods, less periods
  • Anovulation
  • Infertility
  • Weight gain
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Metabolic syndrome or syndrome X
  • Diabetes or pre-diabetes
  • Excessive hair growth (hirsutism)
  • Excessive testosterone levels
  • Raised Fasting glucose and insulin
  • Low progesterone
  • Hair loss (alopecia)

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More About PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome)

Natural Medicine for PCOS

Our approach to PCOS involves testing your individual hormone levels, to understand exactly which imbalances are causing your PCOS symptoms and issues. Hormone testing will include blood tests and salivary hormone testing, together providing a detailed and complete understanding of your individual underlying causes of PCOS.

PCOS testing includes:

  • Complete thyroid profile (must include TSH, T4, T3 and both thyroid antibodies, not just TSH) Read here for more information about thyroid conditions and testing.
  • Fasting glucose and fasting insulin.
  • Androgen profile (including testosterone, SHBG, FAI and Androstenedione)
  • Prolactin.
  • LH and FSH (luteinising hormone and follicle stimulating hormone)
  • Cholesterol panel.
  • Salivary hormone profile (including cortisol, DHEAs, testosterone, progesterone, and all three oestrogen hormones). Read here for more information about hormone testing.

Once we receive your results, we are able to resolve the underlying hormonal imbalances which are the cause of your PCOS symptoms. Most patients resolve their PCOS symptoms and conditions within 6 months, after which we recommend follow-up testing in 12 months. Some women are genetically inclined to excessive androgen levels and other hormonal imbalances which create the condition of PCOS, and may require retesting every 2-4 years to ensure their hormone levels remain within ideal ranges.

For women wishing to resolve their PCOS in order to fall pregnant, we encourage you to follow up with preconception care, to ensure you and your family a safe and healthy pregnancy. Read here for more information about Preconception Care.

We would love to be able to assist you resolve your PCOS and associated symptoms, contact us today for more information or to make an appointment.

Let us guide you to a happier, healthier you.