PCOS is so common and so problematic. Regrettably the common solutions offered are staying on/ getting back on The Pill or adding metformin.
There are a few different varieties of PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome) and many are saying it’s becoming a diagnosis of exclusion.
There is adrenally based PCOS, ovarian based and even pill-induced rebound PCOS. Often all characterized by elevated androgens (Testosterone and DHEA-s) in combination with insulin insensitivity. The symptoms run the gammot from acne, hair growth in undesirable places, anxiety, low mood, irregular periods, weight gain, blood sugar crashes. NOT FUN.
Regretfully, taking birth control for this issue can manage the symptoms for the time being however when patients stop the pill, the underlying condition still exists.
Integrative medicine gives us so many tools to help regulate hormones with the use of herbs, nutrients and lifestyle changes. As you can see, PCOS can stem from a wide variety of causation and not all varieties should be approached the same making self treatment from blogs online or this/that podcast ineffective and overwhelming.