The PCOS Treatment Answers You Need...
There are countless PCOS treatment options including traditional therapies as well as alternative or natural therapies that will help to reduce or eliminate your PCOS symptoms. The symptoms of PCOS is a signal that your body is out of balance. The goal of the treatment plan you choose is to put your body back in balance.
Upon my initial diagnosis of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome in July of 2002; I went from being healthy and happy to feeling overwhelmed. In just six weeks I gained fifteen pounds. Initially, I took the standard medical approach (traditional), which resulted in countless setbacks and a lot of false hope. During that time I was taking Metformin and Birth Control pills my symptoms got worse; I gained more weight, my periods were sporadic, and my acne was horrible.
So, I started doing a lot of research into Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome especially focusing on the alternative therapies women were using. Alternative therapies such as acupuncture, Chinese herbs like Chaste Tree, or Dong Quai, along with the importance of a healthy diet. These PCOS treatments improve your health by treating the causes of your PCOS instead of just the symptoms.
It's my belief and experience that a lot of doctors do not fully understand the scope of treating Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome with the correct treatments. They simply prescribe a medication that will help to reduce your symptoms, but will not fix your problem or cure the cause.
Medical PCOS Treatment Options
Medical treatment options for PCOS typically include birth control pills and/or Metformin.
Taking birth control pills on a regular basis will result in a normal monthly period, be careful in assuming that your period will still occur even if you stop taking the pill. Birth control works while you’re taking it everyday, but rarely promotes regular menstruation in a woman with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome after she stops taking it. Birth control pills do not fix the problem, but rather just produce a false sense of accomplishment. Your body isn't actually getting better.
Metformin or Glucophage is a prescription drug used in the treatment of Diabetes. It helps to control your blood sugar or the amount of glucose in your blood. Since, women with PCOS have issues with Insulin Resistance it’s prescribed as an effective way to lose weight. Taking Metformin can definitely help you lose weight just make sure while taking it to adopt a healthy, PCOS-friendly diet in order to ensure effective, lasting weight loss.
Alternative PCOS Treatment Options
The best approach to treating Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is using various alternative treatment options to correct the underlying problem, the hormonal imbalance. Again these include vitamins, herbs, supplements, acupuncture, healthy eating and exercise.
I believe you will experience the most success by using a balanced approach. The foundation of your success should come from healthy eating, exercise, and effective stress management. Be patient (remember this didn’t happen overnight) adding additional therapies as necessary, so that your body can heal.
Give yourself one to two months of eating healthy, regular exercise, and managing your stress. At that time reevaluate your health, test scores, along with your goals and add supplements, vitamins, herbs, anything your body needs.
Choosing the Right Treatment Plan
A lot of questions and concerns go into choosing the correct PCOS treatment plan. Every woman is different, so it’s important to choose the best one that works for you! Here are a few questions to consider:
- Do you want to lose weight?
- How much time are you willing or can devote?
- What about your lifestyle are you willing to change?
- Are you willing to make countless dietary changes?
- Do you want to get pregnant?
- What are the advantages/disadvantages of each one?
- Which ones do you feel most comfortable with?
Determine the PCOS treatment that is best for you and your lifestyle. Think about changes you can make that will improve your health; what's your goal six months from now and what are you going to do to get there?
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