Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Treatment Chicago, IL
PCOS is an abbreviation for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. This name can be slightly misleading because it entails a constellation of symptoms. Cysts on the ovaries are only one of many components to this complex syndrome. It is also misleading because it creates a label that feels like it can’t be changed and can lead to a hopeless feeling once the diagnosis has been given. This is similar to how diabetic patients get labeled and then often times succumb to the false notion that this is their lot and medical therapy (i.e. insulin) is the only hope to try to keep the disease process at bay. Though medical diagnoses are needed and can be helpful, they can also often be very paralyzing and prevent people from finding ways to heal their body and prevent progression without always needing to rely solely on medications. Our Functional Medicine experts at Chicago Natural Health Care understand the struggles and suffering this can cause women suffering with PCOS.
A Functional Medicine Approach to PCOS at Chicago Natural Health Care
PCOS is an area where functional medicine shines. The conventional or traditional approach to polycystic ovarian syndrome relies on a medication or two in an attempt to try to manage the symptoms of blood sugar instability, elevated testosterone and DHEA levels and often increased acne and facial hair, among other symptoms. When the approach is solely medical in nature, it is easy to miss the opportunity to get deeper and address things at the root cause instead of putting on band-aids that only cover things up. If you or someone you know suffers from the side effects of PCOS and has not had much improvement with medications alone, please read on and pass this on to others.
PCOS tends to have several commonalities across the board. There tend to be several digestive issues and conditions going on that are revealed more closely through comprehensive laboratory testing. Though women may not be plagued with severe digestive symptoms, often there are multiple underlying food intolerances and food sensitivities. Gluten is often the worst and most common one. Grains of any kind also tend to cause a worsening of the inflammation that is going on in the GI tract; remember inflammation in Latin means “to ignite”. Therefore removing all grains for a period of time often provides significant healing opportunities. Much work can be done on the gut without incorporating laboratory testing. However, often it can be very helpful and insightful to get laboratory tests done to see what additional therapies would be beneficial and speed up the healing process. The majority of female hormones are made by the ovaries and therefore cysts in the ovaries could obviously cause a hormonal mess. The secondary place female hormones are made is in the adrenal glands which also manages our stress hormones. PCOS can lead to loads of stress, affecting adrenal function and further disrupting female hormone balance. Testing the adrenal glands and also performing a saliva test of estrogen and progesterone levels will show just how imbalanced the hormones are and likely show several areas where a functional medicine treatment could show huge improvements in symptoms, including fertility!
Schedule A PCOS Consultation With Our Functional Medicine Doctors at Chicago Natural Health Care
The digestive tract has a huge potential for improving or perpetuating symptoms. Therefore testing this body system would also be very wise and could reveal a number of problems including dysbiosis (bacterial imbalance), pathogens (bugs) or bacterial overgrowth. If you are struggling with PCOS and the unwanted and debilitating side effects of this condition, give our clinic a call today and schedule a functional medicine consultation or click the button below.