Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that affects women of childbearing age. It is characterized by irregular menstrual periods, excess hair growth, acne, and infertility. PCOS is a common condition, affecting up to 1 in 10 women.

Causes of PCOS

The exact cause of PCOS is unknown, but it is thought to be caused by a combination of factors, including:

  • Genetics
  • Insulin resistance
  • Inflammation
  • Thyroid problems
  • Stress

Other factors that may contribute to the development of PCOS include a sedentary lifestyle, a diet high in refined carbohydrates and sugar, and exposure to environmental toxins.

      PCOS Symptoms

      The symptoms of PCOS can vary from woman to woman. Some of the most common symptoms include:

      • Irregular menstrual periods
      • Heavy bleeding
      • Excess hair growth (hirsutism)
      • Acne
      • Infertility
      • Obesity
      • Weight gain
      • Dark patches of skin on the neck, armpits, and groin (acanthosis nigricans)
      • Headaches
      • Depression
      • Anxiety


      There is no one test that can diagnose PCOS. A doctor will likely diagnose PCOS based on your medical history, physical examination, and blood tests.  An ultrasound may also be used to look for cysts on the ovaries.

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        There is no cure for PCOS, but there are treatments that can help to manage the symptoms. Treatment for PCOS at VITALIZE is personalized and tailored to your individual needs. We work with you to address any underlying issues such as insulin resistance and hormonal imbalances, and may recommend dietary and lifestyle changes, supplements, and other natural therapies to promote hormonal balance and overall health. Our goal is to help you manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life using naturopathic and functional medicine, while also reducing your risk of developing other health problems associated with PCOS.

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