Our treatment is customised according to your main goal of the treatment, if you want to just get PCOS cured permanently or you want to get pregnant with PCOS. Permanent cure of PCOS may take more time than the treatment for conceiving with PCOS. You can discuss in detail with your consultant at Welling Clinic before starting your treatment.
What is PCOS?
PCOS is a condition in which hormone imbalances interfere with ovulation. Although PCOS is one of the leading causes of infertility, the reproductive aspects of the disorder are secondary. PCOS is not limited to women of reproductive age or potential.
The adrenal glands and ovaries produce excessive amounts of male hormone, which leads to an abnormally high production of luteinizing hormone (LH) and an abnormally low production of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). As a result, the ovary fills with cysts of immature follicles that are unable to generate eggs.
Women with PCOS may experience:
- Irregular periods
- Enlarged ovaries
- Excessive facial and body hair
- Oily skin
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS or PCOD ) is a problem in which a woman’s hormones are out of balance. It can cause problems with your periods and make it difficult to get pregnant. PCOS may also cause unwanted changes in the way you look. If it is not treated, over time it can lead to serious health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease.
What are hormones, and what happens in PCOS?
Hormones are chemical messengers that trigger many different processes, including growth and energy production. Often, the job of one hormone is to signal the release of another hormone.
For reasons that are not well understood, in PCOS the hormones get out of balance. One hormone change triggers another, which changes another. For example:
- The sex hormones get out of balance. Normally, the ovaries make a tiny amount of male sex hormones (androgens). In PCOS, they start making slightly more androgens. This may cause you to stop ovulating, get acne, and grow extra facial and body hair.
- The body may have a problem using insulin, called insulin resistance. When the body doesn’t use insulin well, blood sugar levels go up. Over time, this increases your chance of getting diabetes.
Common symptoms of PCOS:
- irregular or no menstrual periods (for women of reproductive age)
- irregular ovulation, with or without monthly bleeding
- excess hair growth on the face and body
- thinning scalp hair
- accumulation of unruptured follicles on the periphery of the ovaries (mislabeled as “cysts”, often called polycystic ovaries)
It is not necessary to have all of these symptoms to have PCOS. In fact it is not necessary to have “polycystic ovaries” to have PCOS. PCOS manifests itself differently in each woman.
Causes of PCOS
Although PCOS has been recognized as a syndrome for more than 75 years, no one is sure exactly what causes it. Some experts speculate that it may be hereditary but others suspect that there might be a link between PCOS and diabetes. Because so many women who have PCOS also have high insulin levels, this link does not seem unreasonable.
A connection has also been made between the seizure medication and PCOS. This particular medication may cause or worsen the symptoms of PCOS. However, doctors are not sure if it is actually the epilepsy that affects PCOS or the valporate, but it is usually recommended to switch seizure medication if you’ve been diagnosed with PCOS.
PCOS and Pregnancy
While it is possible to become pregnant, women with PCOS tend to suffer a much higher rate of miscarriages. Estimates put the rate of miscarriages in women with PCOS at 45% although some believe the figure may be higher. However, experts aren’t sure why exactly this is. Fertility problems experienced by women with PCOS may be related to the elevated hormone, insulin, or glucose levels, all of which can interfere with implantation as well as development of the embryo. Additionally, abnormal insulin levels may also contribute to poor egg quality, making conception more difficult.
Stabilizing hormone levels can help fertility by promoting ovulation. Some doctors may also prescribe ovulation medications, such as Clomid, to encourage ovulation. If you are thinking of conceiving, be sure to discuss the issue with your doctor. Not all of the medications used to help PCOS sufferers are safe to use during pregnancy and may need to be discontinued.
Complications of PCOS
Researchers have also found a link between Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and other metabolic conditions such as high levels of obesity, LDL (the “bad” cholesterol) and high blood pressure, risk factors for coronary heart disease, as well as symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome. Also known as Syndrome X, this disorder can substantially increase the chances of developing Cardiovascular Disease. These findings substantially raise the bar on the seriousness of the condition and make it even more important that physicians correctly diagnose PCOS and recommend appropriate therapy.
Women with PCOS do have a slightly higher chance for developing endometrial cancer than women who don’t have PCOD. The more irregular and fewer periods a woman has, the greater her risk becomes. During a normal menstrual cycle, the endometrium is exposed to hormones, like estrogen, which cause the lining to proliferate and thicken. When ovulation does not occur, which is typical in PCOS, the lining is not shed and is exposed to much higher amounts of estrogen causing the endometrium to grow much thicker than normal. This is what increases the chance of cancer cells beginning to grow.
Treatment of PCOS
Regular exercise, a healthy diet, not smoking, and weight control are all important parts of treatment for PCOS.
Conventional medicine accepts that there is no cure for PCOS, but just controlling the symptoms, while Homeopathy has been offering complete cure to PCOS for last two centuries. At Welling Homeopathy, we have just refined that knowledge, to make the treatment results more successful. The infertility clinic at Welling Homeopathy has been treating patients of PCOS and helping them conceive naturally for close to 10 years.