PCOS

February 23, 2021
Asked by: Ttori
ive been recently diagnosed with PCOS. I don’t want kids so I'm good there. I wanted to know if there is a way to deal with the hairyness which I understand is the much male hormones. Do supplements help? New to this so please let me know.

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February 23, 2021

Hi Ttori, there are absolutley supplements, dietary changes and lifestyle interventions that can help reduce the facial hair growth, balance blood sugar and even out hormone levels. New diagnoses can be overwhelming, but PCOS is a well studied and supported condition. Please do reach out for individualized support. Good luck! -- Dr Dori Skye Engel, ND www.familynaturopathy.ca

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February 23, 2021

The excess hair production (hirsutism) is associated with high androgen (male hormone) levels. There are some great herbal treatments to support this, but they will depend on your labs - how high are your androgens? Which androgens are high (testosterone, DHEA, DHT, etc)? Spearmint tea can be a great starting point, but further treatment should address the root cause of the high androgens, such as checking your insulin sensitivity. I'd suggest speaking with a Naturopathic doctor!

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Nicole Tille
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February 23, 2021

Hello, there is definitely a lot that can be done from a naturopathic perspective to help to balance hormones and reduce androgens (testosterone) from dietary, lifestyle, nutritional and herbal supplements before trying medications. I would consult with a naturopathic doctor so they can to a thorough assessment of your health and figure out the root cause of the PCOS to know which approach/intervention is best.

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Suhani Shah
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February 23, 2021

Treatment goals and the treatment can be different for each person because of all the contributing issues in PCOS. There are absolutely supplements that can help, as well as some dietary factors, such as eating a Mediterranean diet, low glycemic load carbs and a high fiber diet. If your primary concern is hair growth, or hirsutism, it would be best to target your treatment with herbs and supplements - these should be tailored specifically to you, so consult a naturopath for individual guidance!

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Tiffany Dzugan
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February 23, 2021

Hirsutism or unwanted facial hair growth can be one of the most frustrating symptoms of PCOS. Improving blood sugar regulation and ovulation function can help reduce adrogens (male hormones) that cause hirsutism. There are some well-researched nutrients and herbs that may be helpful.

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Carly King
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February 23, 2021

There are several lifestyle changes and supplements for PCOS. You are correct in that the hair growth is due to excess androgens. General PCOS interventions include- Lifestyle: exercise, weight loss, increase in soy and flax, and a lower glycemic diet. Supplementation- ensuring optimal vitamin D and calcium levels, N-acetyl cysteine and spearmint are anti androgens specifically. Other supplements can be used to optimize health and limit chronic disease associated with PCOS.

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