PCOS Natural Treatment

Curing PCOS With Natural Treatment

Because there is no true “cure” for PCOS, the diagnosis can be frustrating, discouraging, and confusing. PCOS wreaks havoc on a woman’s hormones, menstruation and ovulation, making it very difficult to conceive – let alone carry a baby to term.

Dealing with the Diagnosis

One of the most frustrating things about PCOS is that treatment is very often a trial-and-error process. Physicians will typically recommend a course of fertility medications or birth control pills to regulate ovulation. A medication called clomiphene is commonly prescribed to encourage ovulation in women with PCOS; however, this doesn’t always work. Some women resort to more aggressive treatments, including hormone injections and assisted reproductive technologies.

While this route may be effective for some, other women spend huge amounts of money on fertility treatments only to be disappointed by the lack of results. Rather than struggling through the expensive (and often ineffective) route of traditional fertility treatment, many women are now turning to natural treatments for PCOS. Interestingly, many are finding surprising success through natural techniques such as those promoted by consultant and specialist Lisa Olson in her book “Pregnancy Miracle.”

Studies have shown that when caused by ovulation disorders, infertility can often be reversed through the adjustment of diet and lifestyle. Natural remedies for PCOS work to balance insulin in the body, bring testosterone levels back into appropriate ranges, and promote regular and healthy ovulation and menstruation cycles.

Natural Remedies for PCOS

A huge factor in treating PCOS is weight loss. The majority of women with PCOS are either overweight or obese. All this extra weight combined with high insulin levels alters a woman’s reproductive hormones, hampering her ovulation and menstruation. Even a 10% reduction in body weight can make a big difference in a woman’s fertility. Maintaining a healthy body weight will help to regulate insulin levels and will contribute to regular ovulation cycles.

Adding specific activities, dietary practices and holistic medicine treatments to your routine can increase your chances of conceiving and overcoming PCOS and infertility. Some things to add, natural remedies for PCOS to consider, include stress reduction techniques, herbal treatments, a robust exercise program, and dietary changes.

Diet therapy plays a role in PCOS and pregnancy, as maintaining an appropriate diet will promote proper insulin balance in the body. Eat a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, and stick to lean proteins and whole grains. Eliminate caffeine, refined sugars and refined carbohydrates, and avoid or minimize dairy and meat products.

The following foods have all been shown to balance hormones, influence insulin production, or burn fat: Cinnamon, licorice, adzuki beans, chestnuts, cayenne, basil, chives, garlic, ginger, eggplant, leeks, kohlrabi, nutmeg, rice, pepper, rosemary, turmeric, and spearmint.

Eating smaller but more frequent meals can help you balance insulin. Many dieticians advice taking six small meals each day instead of the regular three meals.

More Natural Remedies for PCOS

Certain herbs can treat PCOS and promote fertility. Chasteberry, evening primrose and red raspberry leaf have all proven to be beneficial to women with PCOS, as they help to regulate hormones and create a healthy environment for pregnancy. Leonurus seed also encourages ovulation and may be a valuable addition to your natural regimen.

Acupuncture has also proven to be an effective treatment for women suffering with PCOS. Some women have discovered that by relaxing the endocrine system through regular acupuncture treatments, they are able to normalize their hormone levels, encouraging healthy ovulation.

Pay Attention to your Body

As a woman incorporates healthier practices and natural remedies for PCOS into her lifestyle, her hormones will start to balance out. As ovulation normalizes, she may be able to get pregnant naturally in spite of the PCOS diagnosis.

If you’re trying to conceive with PCOS, pay close attention to your body’s signals. Since conception is more of a challenge, it’s wise to pinpoint your ovulation dates each month. By observing your basal body temperatures, you can determine the day or two when you are most fertile. On your ovulation day, your BBT will go up marginally, and this is prime time for conception.

It’s also a great idea to monitor your cervical mucus throughout the month. As you approach ovulation, your body will produce thick cervical mucus, often with an egg-white consistency. This discharge may only last a day or two, but it indicates that ovulation is starting. By paying attention to your cervical mucus, you can take advantage of the best days for conception. Daily intercourse during this time will significantly boost your chance of getting pregnant.

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2 Responses to PCOS Natural Treatment

  1. Anna on January 13, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Hi Jennifer,

    You mentioned in your article that losing weight is a big factor. I’m thin, but I’ve been diagnosed with PCOS. I don’t know that weight loss would really be a help in my case. What is your advice for women who are already thin (or at a healthy weight)?

  2. Jennifer Myers on January 16, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Hi Anna,

    Please view my medical disclaimer.

    While excess weight is a common problem with PCOS, there are actually plenty of women with PCOS who are thin or at a normal weight. Unfortunately, in the case of a thin woman, treating PCOS can be a bit more challenging, as dropping excess weight isn’t a solution to increasing fertility. In these cases, PCOS is more a part of the woman’s pathology rather than being largely weight-related.

    To explain a little further, adipose tissue (fatty tissues) produce estrogen. When a woman is overweight, her body is producing way too much estrogen, and this can mess up her cycles – regardless of an underlying condition. For this reason, weight loss is one of the first recommendations in treating PCOS. Once excess weight has been shed, any additional issues can be tackled more clearly.

    Thin women with PCOS may still have insulin resistance. This factor can cause the ovaries to produce excessive amounts of estrogen, again, messing up ovulation cycles.

    Regardless of weight though, the other natural remedies that we have suggested will certainly benefit you on your road to fertility. The natural route is primarily about putting your body in prime position for conception. By maintaining a healthy PCOS diet, including fertility-boosting herbs, and paying close attention to your body’s signals, you still have a high chance of conceiving.

    Jennifer