Polycycstic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS is a complex condition with multiple underlying causes and a wide range of possible signs and symptoms such as polycystic ovaries on ultrasound, irregular periods, male pattern hair growth, weight gain, infertility etc. Treatment must be individually tailored and will address the specific symptoms experienced by each individual as well as the underlying pathophysiology. As a practitioner I will work to bring balance to hormones and reduce androgen levels, improve ovulation and fertility, and restore regular periods. The majority of PCOS clients will have insulin resistance and/or weight issues, and this needs to be addressed. PCOS is now recognised as a chronic low-grade inflammatory disorder, with higher levels of inflammatory markers found both in the body as a whole and in the ovaries. Research indicates too that PCOS is associated with changes in the bacteria present in the gut, with PCOS women having less diverse populations of gut bacteria and impaired intestinal barrier function. Simply put, improving bowel flora can improve oestrogen metabolism, insulin resistance, elevated testosterone levels and hirsutism. I will use QRA techniques to determine what the body needs to heal and I will back that up with dietary changes designed to reduce inflammation.