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Medic for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

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Polycystic ovary syndrome is a common condition related to a hormonal imbalance in women of reproductive age. It is characterized by high levels of androgens (male hormones) in the body.

Researchers have also linked insulin to PCOS because many women with this condition also have too much insulin in their bodies. High levels of insulin cause the ovaries to produce more male hormones.

Women with PCOS have also been found to have low-grade inflammation, contributing to insulin resistance. The exact cause of PCOS, however, is still unknown. Yet, genetics is considered an important factor as PCOS seems to run in families.

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The condition leads to issues like changes in the menstrual cycle, cysts on the ovaries and problems getting pregnant.

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It can cause symptoms like infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods, excessive facial and body hair growth, weight gain, acne, oily skin, thinning hair or male-pattern baldness, and pelvic pain. The signs and symptoms tend to vary from one individual to another.

This endocrine disorder is also associated with an increased risk for developing insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease. Thus, early diagnosis of PCOS is extremely important.

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Although there is no cure for this problem yet, it can be controlled. Some simple natural remedies, medications and lifestyle changes can help manage the symptoms and reduce complications.

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Here are the top 10 home remedies for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Also, consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.

1. Cinnamon

Researchers from Columbia University have found that cinnamon supplementation can help improve menstrual cyclicity in women with PCOS. Plus, a pilot study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility indicates that this herb can help reduce insulin resistance in women with PCOS.

PCOS home remedy

  • Add one teaspoon of cinnamon powder to a glass of hot water. Drink it daily for a few months or until you are satisfied with the results.
  • Alternatively, you can take this herb in supplement form after consulting your doctor. It is usually suggested to take one capsule (1,000 mg) three times a day.
  • You can also include this spice in your diet by sprinkling cinnamon powder on your cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, cottage cheese, peanut butter sandwich and on other foods.

Note: You need not take more than two teaspoons of this spice per day. If you are taking this herb to combat insulin resistance, consult your doctor first as it may lower your blood sugar level.

2. Flaxseed

Flaxseed can also be used to combat PCOS as it helps decrease androgen levels. It contains lignans that increase the production of sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) that binds testosterone in the blood, thereby preventing it from wreaking havoc in the body.

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Plus, being high in fiber, flaxseed helps slow down glucose metabolism and lower cholesterol levels. The omega-3 fatty acids in this superfood also reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease.

PCOS remedy

  • Mix one or two tablespoons of freshly ground flaxseeds in a glass of water. Drink it daily for a few months or until you are satisfied with the results.
  • Also include ground flaxseeds in your diet regularly by adding it to your smoothies, soups and salads.

3. Spearmint Tea

Spearmint tea can also help deal with PCOS due to its anti-androgenic properties. A study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research found that drinking spearmint tea can help reduce hirsutism, or excess body hair, by reducing free and total testosterone levels and increasing luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) levels.

  1. Boil one cup of water in a pan.
  2. Add one teaspoon of dried spearmint leaves.
  3. Let it simmer for five to 10 minutes.
  4. Strain and drink this tea twice daily for a few weeks.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is also beneficial for dealing with PCOS because it helps control blood sugar and keeps your body from producing too much insulin. Less insulin means less testosterone. Plus, it will help you lose weight and improve your overall health.

  1. Mix two teaspoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a glass of water.
  2. Drink it daily in the morning and before meals. Continue for several weeks or until you see improvement.

You can gradually increase the dosage of apple cider vinegar to up to two tablespoons per glass, two or three times a day. If the taste is too strong for you, mix the apple cider vinegar with orange or any other fruit juice.

5. Fenugreek

Fenugreek promotes glucose metabolism in the body and improves insulin resistance. This in turn helps balance your hormones. It may also help lower cholesterol, aid weight loss and promote healthy heart functioning.

  • Soak three teaspoons of fenugreek seeds in water for six to eight hours. Take one teaspoon of the soaked seeds along with some honey in the morning on an empty stomach. Also take one teaspoon of the seeds about 10 minutes prior to lunch and one teaspoon prior to dinner. Continue this treatment daily for a few weeks or until you see improvement.
  • You can also include fenugreek seeds and leaves in your regular diet.

6. Saw Palmetto

This herb acts as an anti-androgen, blocks 5-alpha-reductase activityand reduces the conversion of the testosterone into a more active form called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This in turn may help prevent hirsutism or excessive hairiness in women with PCOS. It also helps thinning hair grow back.

Naturopaths often suggest this herb for the treatment of PCOS because it helps correct the hormonal imbalance.

Take 320 mg of standardized saw palmetto extract daily for a few months. If you are taking a liquid extract, take one teaspoon per day.

Note: Make sure to consult a licensed naturopathic physician before taking this or any other herbal remedy for PCOS to ensure safe and effective use of the herbs.

Medic for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) was last modified: May 13th, 2018 by Top10HomeRemedies
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  1. pcos is a life long battle the symptoms can go in remission (temporary sleep) usually with really good exercise and diet along with the right medicine. Some woman can have children with pcos with out the need of fertility help. Things like cinnamon and apple cider vinegar can help with lowering blood sugar…BUT can not and will not cure pcos. If you have pcos you have it for life. The best things are diet, exercise, staying away from breads and pasta’s and being careful with rice.(who ever is talking about whole grain bread and rice….don’t understand. Those are high in carbs carbs. Apples and banana’s are not great either. No potatoes and other starch veggies and if you can buy it in a can it is likely bad…corn, green beans, peas..all starches…all full of carbs. All bad…..Berries, other veggies and lean meat are best. Stay away from soy it messes with hormones in woman and watch out for dairy….dairy has a few hidden problems with pcos. Our bodies are storing all the carbs and that turns up the male hormones which in turn causes the problems we face. Birth control is also tricky. There are many studies showing that birth control can cause the pcos to “wake”.. If you have it ..it is always in you.. you were born with it. It just doesn’t show up until your teens or 20’s but something triggers it to come to the surface and show itself. For some woman it is birth control..but you wont notice it until you go off ..and then suddenly you have all these symptoms. OR>>>you may think birth control is making your pcos go away…IT IS NOT! It is only going to come back worse after being forced to “sleep” by the pill and you can’t take the pill forever..when you stop the symptoms will be so much worse. Gynecologists are not the doctors who treat pcos. yes they have a mild understanding of it because it effects the ovaries but it is an endocrine disorder and needs to be treated by an endocrinologist..a diabetes doctor. Gyno’s don’t treat diabetes and that is much closer to what pcos is. Having cysts on your ovaries is just a possible side effect not a cause and not what you see the doctor for.

    1. Thanks Amanda. I 100% agree with everything you have said and wish to echo every point you have made.
      I have a family history of diabetes and developed PCOS after coming off the contraceptive pill.
      Ladies, Metformin is NOT the answer either. But you do need to see an Endocrinologist. Don’t see the Gynocologist! I know the pain of not being able to fall pregnant and also miscarriages, but please see an Endocrinologist.
      I am having some success with Apple Cider Vinegar and excerise always helps. Exercise (walking 30 mins daily) is also fantastic for your long term mental health – make it part of your daily routine
      Now that I have the knowledge of these other herbal remedies, I’m going to give them a try. Thank you for sharing your wisdom.

  2. Hello ladies I just found out that I have Pcos. I was trying to have a baby with my ex husband for 6 years never happened I just thought it was not meant for us I never had a regular period in my life! So I thought it was normal now I’m ready to try again and I went to a new Gyn and she told me from the sound of it. It sounds like I have Pcos now with me not having health insurance I decided to come on here and look at home remedies. I’m 31 years old now and I’m like I got to start now. So to all females on here I need the best advice. I smoke cigarettes and that’s going down the drain/ in the trash today, I’m not over weight I’m 5’1″ 112lbs I did the birth control one time for a month it kept my period going that whole month I stop taking them and didnt receive my period for a whole year. I’m going to try the cinnamon daily,yoga, and eating right. Hopefully I will have my baby. If anybody else have some pointers for me please let me know. Good luck ladies and never give up cause I’m not.

  3. Hello everyone…
    I need ur suggestion plz tell me what should I have to do….
    I m suffering from PCOD from last 1 nd half….
    I prescribed by homeopathic treatment…but still its not working….
    Is cinnamon nd apple cider vinegar helpful…
    Plz share some tips nd advice …
    I m gaining m weight…..m Dr told me to get married and conceive a baby…but I cnt stop m CA PROFESSIONAL CAREER…i m still a student..plz advice me I m really in a stress md depression….plz reply

  4. This article mentions diluting apple cider vinegar with fruit juice to quell the taste. Who the heck wrote that? Fruit juice is pure sugar and is the very thing ladies with PCOS need to avoid.

    Ladies please be careful with the advice you take from the internet. I agree with much of what has been written about diet and exercise but that one sentence ‘mix the apple cider vinegar with orange or any other fruit juice.’ could be so damaging to many people who might take that advice on board. Avoid fruit juice like the plague!

  5. Comment:linda
    I just want to know if it takes a long time to see improvements once you start the natural remedies. Coz l have been on cinnamon and apple cider for a month and nothing happening. Am really getting scared that it wont work. This whole thing is really frustrating. Thanks

  6. Comment: hie am 31 only to discover today that i have PCOS after so many year of very irregular menses….so stressful don’t even know where to start

  7. I hope u have heard of ayurveda, try it. It works!! Just that u have change ur lifestyle and stick to it . I tried it & worked for me. I ditched all those unhealthy food, did yoga and brisk walked. I went an extra mile and in co-operated these home remedies (of course not all of them!). I wish all the best !!!

  8. I have the same problem of pcod
    i have tried a home remedy for it i got the result fr it. take leaves of neem dried in shade n make them like ash. mix this powder with honey take this 4times in a month u will get a better result

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