What is it?

Formerly known as Stein-Leventhal Syndrome, PCOS is a common condition in women of childbearing age. While the cause is unknown, hormonal balance is crucial to this condition. Increases in certain hormone levels cause multiple follicles to mature simultaneously in the ovaries, which leads to the formation of cysts. Due to the hormonal dynamics of PCOS, many women with this condition do not ovulate. In addition, abnormal hair growth, on the chin and chest, and insulin resistance are common characteristics of this syndrome. And, many women report uncontrollable weight gain and the inability to lose weight.

Key Points:

• Abnormal menstrual cycles, including long cycles or spotting
• Obesity
• Abnormal hair growth
• Polycystic ovaries
• Acne
• Blood sugar problems
• Common cause of infertility

How do we treat it?

PCOS, by definition, includes a hormonal imbalance. The reproductive hormonal cycle works hand-in-hand with optimal thyroid and adrenal function. And, like any other cycle in the body, hormonal balancing requires a healthy routine. We work with you to find a daily routine that works for you, including exercise, diet, and basic treatments that will support your overall health and hormonal function. In order to regain health, patients with PCOS must gain control over their blood sugar, and we will recommend diet guidelines and supplements that will assist you in doing just that. In addition, we will recommend remedies that restore proper hormonal cycling to your body, so that you will begin to experience normal menstrual cycles. As you work with us, your tendency to form cysts will decrease and the other associated symptoms of PCOS will subside.

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