POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME (PCOS)
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is one of the most hormonal conditions that affects women of childbearing age. PCOS can affect one or even both ovaries. They appear to be a collection of small cysts on the surface of the ovary, which is said to be larger than normal.
PCOS women rarely ovulate or release an ovum. Furthermore, many women can and do conceive.
Common symptoms of PCOS:
- Irregular menstrual cycles. This can also can become very difficult because women cannot judge when she is ovulating
- Excessive Body Hair
- Mood disorders
- Mid-cycle bleeding
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
What should you do if it is suspected of having PCOS?
- Take a series of hormonal testing (including LH/FSH ratios- estradiol), testosterone and progesterone, glucose and cholesterol levels
What is estradiol?
A major estrogen produced in the ovaries (Dictionary – google)
The adrenal gland produces the hormone DHEA (as well as cortisol- also known as Dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate). This can be elevated due to stress. Insulin resistance is a crucial factor in the development of PCOS. The goal/idea is to lower androgens in the body and allow the body to process insulin more effectively.
What is dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate?
A weak male hormone (androgen) produced by the adrenal glands in both men and women. The test measures the amount in the blood (Www.medlineplus.gov)
Did you know? Hormonal homeostasis (balance) is something that essential oils may help with while regulating insulin can in some cases be accomplished by changes in diet.
What could you do to help with PCOS?
- Cut out highly processed foods
- White flower
- Cut out all sugar, sugary foods, corn oil, and soy oil
- Alcohol, coffee, sodas, or tap water.
What can you choose?
- Bring in whole-food diet full of nuts, seeds, and pulses
- Eat a lot of fiber
- Eat fresh, nutritious vegetables
- Eats organically produced pure oils and fats
- Avoid GM foods
- Drink Spring or Distilled water
Did you know that regulating the amount and times of your meals can be helpful during problems with fertility? Well, it is true!
- Have a good breakfast
- Make it the largest meal of the day
- A smaller lunch
- Even smaller evening meal
- NO snacking
- Can use herbal supplements
- Take supplements of chromium (particularly important), magnesium, vitamin D3, vitamin A, vitamin C; even a trace of mineral supplements can help
- The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: 25th Edition: Valerie Ann Worwood
- Google Dictionary
Essential Oils that can help PCOS:
- Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)
- Rose Otto (Rosa damascena)
- Geranium (Pelagornium graveolens)
- Lavender, Spike (Lavandula latifolia)
- Sage, Greek (Salvia fruticosa/triloba)
- Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis)
- Carrot Seed (Daucus carota)
- Chamomile, Roman (Anthemis nobilis)
- Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
- Myrtle (Myrtis communis)