PCOS – Ask The Expert

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Question:

Hi there,

What is a good way to balance out your hormones? I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)  and am  wanting to start getting regular periods. What can I do?

J

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Hello J,

In simple terms PCOS is a failure to ovulate.

In a normal menstrual cycle the brain sends a messenger hormone (follicle-stimulating hormone : FSH) to the ovaries telling them to release a matured egg. Once released the pod (follicle) that releases the egg changes into a small factory to produce the hormone progesterone. This is detected by the brain and it stops sending out FSH.

In PCOS sufferers, this cycle is broken and the brain keeps sending out FSH. As such,  more and more mature non-releasing eggs are seen on the surface of the ovaries that look like infected pimples. Hence the name polycystic ovaries.

The way to treat PCOS is to  break this cycle. This can be done by  supplementing progesterone which “tricks” the brain into thinking ovulation has taken place.

It takes three to six cycles for the symptoms of PCOS to settle down.

Please see http://www.hormonesolutions.com/conditions/polycystic-ovarian-syndrome.php for full details.

This support network may also be a beneficial resource for you.

I recommend you read the booklet on Ovulation and Anovulation which can be downloaded by clicking on the image below.

 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes

Michael Buckley

Medical Director

 

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