PCOS, Changing your lifestyle to optimize your fertility
PCOS stands for polycystic ovarian syndrome, a hormonal disorder that affects women. It is diagnosed based on 2 out of the 3 criteria:
1. Irregular periods or no periods
2. Higher than normal male hormones
3. Ultrasound of polycystic ovaries
Many women have PCOS and are undiagnosed until they are trying to get pregnant because symptoms may not be so obvious, such as acne, hair growth, darkening of the skin, or weight gain.
How does it impact your fertility?
PCOS can impact the quality of eggs, endometrial development, and implantation. It can also affect the rate of miscarriage. By regulating your hormones and overall health you are increasing your chances of a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby.
Steps to increasing your overall health:
1. Diet: A diet of 50% vegetables, 25% carbohydrates, and 25% proteins is a good place to start. By changing our diet, we can reduce inflammation, regulate our hormones, and decrease our blood sugar levels. A high protein diet can help you to feel full longer while decreasing the number of calories, blood sugar, and insulin levels.
2. Supplements: Supplementation can be great for improving egg quality, and ovarian function. As well as decreasing inflammation, supporting healthy blood sugar levels, and improving hormonal balance. Some supplements we recommend at Acubalance are CoQ10, Inositol, NAC, as well as Vitamin D. We have listed our favorite supplements we recommend for women diagnosed with PCOS.
3. Sleep: Sleep helps to decrease cortisol levels (stress hormones) which can affect the quality of sleep, blood sugar levels, inflammation, and daily energy levels.
4. Exercise: Aerobics with strength training can help consume calories, reduce blood sugar levels, and reduce excess cortisol. It is recommended to strength train for 30 minutes three times a week along with daily walks or movements such as yoga.
5. Acupuncture and laser for fertility: acupuncture can help decrease inflammation, regulate hormones, decrease stress and overall improve health. Acupuncture also helps regulate cycles and ovulation. Photobiomodulation, also known as low-level laser therapy (LLLT for fertility) has been shown to improve ovulation in PCOS and regulate inflammation.
Studies have shown that just after 6 months of lifestyle changes, 85% of PCOS patients had regular periods and 65% of those patients became pregnant.
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