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4 Types of PCOS

PCOS or Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a common disorder of the female reproductive system. Common symptoms includes irregular periods, weight gain, acne, impacted mental health including mood swings, depression/anxiety and difficulty falling pregnant.

Insulin-Resistant PCOS

Is the most common type, there is often a combination of dietary and hereditary contributions to developing this type. The body produces insulin in response to blood glucose, however long exposure to elevated insulin levels can cause the ovaries to overproduce testosterone and the potential for follicle and cyst development on ovaries. Women with PCOS are 4-8 times more likely to develop diabetes than women without PCOS.

Adrenal PCOS

Ovulation may be normal and testosterone levels may be normal but adrenal androgens and DHEA can be elevated. Chronic stress can lead to elevated androgen levels and disrupt the menstrual cycle.

Post-Pill PCOS

Coming off the oral contraceptive pill can cause a surge of androgens as the body tries to replenish hormones and initiate a normal menstrual cycle again. This can occur 3-6 months after coming off the pill and may or may not impact insulin levels but trigger PCOS.

Inflammatory PCOS

Chronic inflammation can cause the ovaries to produce excess testosterone. Inflammation also impedes ovulation, disrupts hormone receptors and stimulates adrenal androgens.

Each type can impact the other as common drivers are all linked. Fortunately there are evidence based Naturopathic treatments to help resolve whatever the imbalances are, and support the return of a healthy menstrual cycle. Book in for an appointment today if you would like assistance with addressing PCOS.

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