Polycystic ovarian syndrome affects 1 in 10 women of childbearing age. This condition is becoming more and more common nowadays among women and can affect your physical and mental health. While you can always resort to treatment options recommended by doctors, you can also give certain home remedies a try to manage the symptoms of this condition.
In this article, we shall talk about the syndrome, its causes, and symptoms, home remedies and also certain precautionary measures that you can undertake. Read on.
What Is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?
As women age, various genetic and hormonal disorders affect their lives and health. One such hormonal imbalance related disorder that affects women is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). In this syndrome, due to an imbalance of the reproductive hormones, fluid-filled cysts fill the ovary. The ovaries get enlarged and stop functioning normally (1), (2).
What Is The Cause Of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?
In PCOS the medical emphasis is on imbalanced sex hormones and insulin resistance. The hormonal imbalance in PCOS happens due to not enough progesterone and too much estrogen – leading to estrogen dominance. Ongoing cycles of too much estrogen cause ovulation to fail, resulting in increasingly higher levels of estrogen and insufficient progesterone (but higher than testosterone).
Two factors that can throw hormones off balance are yeast overgrowth and magnesium deficiency. Yeast can overgrow in the intestines under the influence of antibiotics, steroids, and sugar. Yeast toxins are released that can be picked up by the blood stream and block hormone receptor sites. Magnesium deficiency can cause or contribute to high blood sugar and insulin resistance, thyroid and adrenal imbalance, fertility issues, pelvic pain, weight gain, elevated blood pressure.
Symptoms Of PCOS
- Thyroid and adrenal imbalance
- Abnormal menstrual cycle or no menstruation
- Fertility issues
- Pelvic pain
- Weight gain
- Thinning hair on the scalp
- Excessive hair growth, especially on the face (hirsutism)
- Elevated blood pressure level
- Darkened skin around the neck, under the breasts, and around the private parts (1), (3)
There is no fixed medication available in the market to prevent PCOS. However, because 30-40% of PCOS patients suffer insulin resistance, they are often offered Metformin, a diabetic drug, which may or may not help improve their symptoms. Medical experts suggest that affected women should resort to some vital lifestyle and dietary changes to cope with it. Since this is primarily a hormone-related disorder, eradicating the roots of hormonal imbalance can bring the desired result. Some natural remedies control the underlying factors while some others aim at eliminating the symptoms.
Find below the home remedies to treat PCOS. Don’t feel you have to follow each and every remedy, just choose the ones that make the most sense and are accessible.
Home Remedies For PCOs
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Coconut Oil
- Castor Oil
- Evening Primrose Oil
- Green Tea
- Royal Jelly
- Aloe Vera Juice
- Amla Juice
- Palm Jaggery
- Jeera Water
- Saw Palmetto
- Cinnamon And Honey
- Licorice Root
- Yeast-Free Diet
Treat Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Naturally With These Remedies
1. Vitamins For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
This might come across as a revelation for you—vitamin D is essential for optimum reproductive system functioning in women. It plays key roles in various ovarian processes and also affects glucose homeostasis. In women with PCOS, about 65-85% of them suffer from a vitamin D deficiency. Supplementation with vitamin D (magnesium and calcium) can regulate the metabolic and reproductive processes and help reestablish menstrual regularity and ovulation (4). Get tested for vitamin D levels in your body and start the supplements as soon as possible if your serum levels of this vitamin are low.
Dosages: Vitamin D3 1,000-2,000iu per day.
Magnesium is important for blood sugar control and to overcome insulin resistance. But don’t take too much calcium, which can neutralize the effects of magnesium. Dosage: Magnesium 600 mg per day. Calcium 600mg per day – but you can often get all your calcium in your diet, especially if you eat dairy.