Are diet and lifestyle are effective tools for managing PCOS? You may be wondering: is there any proof? Well, here it is!
An Australian clinical study illuminates the the effectiveness of naturopathic medicine (including diet, lifestyle and herbal medicines) for relieving PCOS symptoms and increasing fertility.
PCOS is believed to affect up to 21% of women in their reproductive years. Of those, it’s thought that around 70% are undiagnosed. In talking with women with PCOS about their options, a survey conducted by National Institute of Complementary Medicine, Western Sydney University, Australia research fellow Dr. Susan Arentz (who led the study highlighted below), finds an astounding 99% would prefer alternative therapies to birth control and fertility drugs.
Today, some evidence finds around 70% of women with PCOS use complementary therapies. 2 out of 5 also use herbal approaches! Moreover, recent research finds herbs along with diet and lifestyle may be a very good approach to consider for PCOS.
The PCOS Study:
A 2017 study published in Phytotherapy Research, studied two groups of overweight women with PCOS. Both groups received a 3-month program, involving 150 minutes of exercise each week, and a low glycemic, high nutrition plan. One of the groups received herbal extracts tailored towards PCOS management containing: Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum); Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra); White Peony (Paeonia lactiflora); St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum); and Tribulus (Tribulus terrestris).
The Results: Of the two groups, around half of the women given herbal extracts had a regular cycle at the end of the three months, compared to under a quarter of women in the diet/exercise group alone. While both groups showed benefits, the combined therapy group lost more weight; had better hormone test results (including fasting insulin levels); higher rates of conception; and less anxiety, depression and stress.
If you have PCOS and wish to have regular healthy periods or conceive a baby, we have a well proven, evidenced based naturopathic PCOS wellness program waiting for you!
Q&A with a Naturopathic Thyroid Specialist, Angela Hywood ND
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that sits at the front of your neck and sets your entire metabolic rate. Thus it controls your weight, whether you feel sluggish or energetic, mentally crisp or foggy, cheerful or blue, and is involved in managing everything from your cholesterol to your female hormones.
When your thyroid is not functioning well, you can feel dull, tired, constipated, gain weight, your skin & hair gets dry. Your hair can and even fall out. Your muscles and joints might ache, periods become irregular, you might have fertility problems, brain fog, sugar and carb cravings.
It’s very easy to overlook the glands and hormones outside of your reproductive system when you’re focused on trying to conceive. Unfortunately, without a healthy thyroid, pancreas or adrenal glands, your chances of conceiving and carrying to term are much reduced.
Your thyroid gland plays a crucial role in your menstrual cycle and your fertility, 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with thyroid problems during her lifetime, and about 10 % of women have an underactive thyroid gland, so this is a red flag we need to pay close attention to.
When a baby is born, so is a mother, and the birth of a mother can be more intense than childbirth.
You are here because you believe birth is about making mums too. Our modern western culture (or lack thereof) simply does not addresses how to support Newborn Mothers through this major life transition, as a rite of passage.
No one acknowledged the deep and profound changes going on inside a Newborn Mother’s brain, let alone how we — as professionals — could support them through it.