PCOS And Infertility
PCOS or Polycystic ovarian syndrome seems to be one of the most common causes of Infertility in women. It affects every 1 in 10 women worldwide. Probable causes linked to PCOS are as follows:
- Inherited tendency – If your mother or sister has them you are more likely to get it too.
- Stress – work – life balance
- High levels of oestrogen ultimately hormonal imbalance.
- Exposure to chemicals especially in processed foods
- Too much sugar/ junk food consumption
- Insulin resistance –observed in 30% of women with PCOS
Insulin hormone is released from the pancreas after a meal and regulates carbohydrate metabolism. Normally, when we eat, the body converts carbohydrates to glucose. However, in women with PCOS , more than often there is a resistance to insulin in the body. As a result, the pancreas makes more insulin in order to compensate. This causes a hormonal imbalance increasing the male hormones or androgens production. These excess male hormones cause the typical symptoms of irregular periods, acne, and excessive hair growth in unwanted regions.
PCOS can be classified into 3 categories namely,
- Insulin resistant PCOS – This happens when your body is not sensitive to insulin and leptin which leads to releases excessive male hormones. Insulin normally enables your body to take up sugar but since your body is resistant to its action it converts glucose to fat instead. Same with Leptin resistance which makes you feel hungry all the time.PCOS insulin resistance causes heavy periods and weight gain. Sugar is the main cause of this form of PCOS but it can also be caused by smoking, eating trans-fats, stress, the birth pill, sleep deprivation and toxins. Increase in insulin hampers ovulation and ovaries begin to produce male hormones.
- Pill-induced PCOS –Hormonal birth control suppresses ovulation and in significant number of cases cause insulin resistance too. These again increase male hormones and cause weight gain especially around the waist.
- Inflammatory PCOS– Now this can result from stress, environmental toxins. Toxins damage hormone receptors depressing ovulation and increasing male hormone production.Inflammation comes from smoking, eating inflammatory foods such as wheat (gluten) and cow’s milk and problems with intestinal bacteria. There may be other signs of inflammation like joint pains and eczema.
PCOS and Infertility have been very closely linked. It is disheartening to see the increase in number of cases especially in the last decade. The strain on the couple, add to that the work load and constant pressure from others to have a baby, places a greater pressure on the woman.
Can I conceive with PCOS?
Well, with Homeopathy I can honestly say the chances are very high even for women above 35 provided there are no other major issues. We provide one of the best treatments for infertility treatment in Dubai. Initially we will take your complete case followed by an ultrasound, follicular scans, hormonal essays and blood counts. After we approach your case with a holistic perspective, we prescribe natural Homeopathic remedies. Lifestyle changes and diet changes are advised. This helps to balance the hormones, improve the quality of eggs and sperm quality and bring your body “fit” for fertility provided your spouse is healthy. After this, it usually takes 2-3 months to regularize the period cycle and conception can happen anytime between 3-12 months of homeopathic treatment in most cases. The entire process is in complete harmony with your body and is absolutely safe and devoid of any side effects.
General guidelines to follow for those with PCOS and on Homeopathic treatment
- Your Homeopathic Physician will take a complete history including your diet, response to stress and your lifestyle. So feel free to explain well to the questions asked as this helps us to understand you better and select the most appropriate remedy.
- Be patient. Good things take time. Follow the advice given and be consistent.
- Don’t let people’s criticisms and comment bother you. Plan ahead how you would react to such comments in a positive manner without becoming upset. It is important to have a healthy approach to life’s stress.
- Maintain an exercise routine which will improve circulation besides helping to lose weight
- Make sure you maintain a diary noting signs of ovulation like Basal body temperature and fertile mucus.
- Make sure you get enough sleep. The best indicator for a good sleep is that you wake up refreshed. Invest in this. It doesn’t have to be 8 hours or 4 hours. Do what your body needs.
- Stop sugar in any form. This combats insulin resistance faster. Your cravings and addiction to sugar will eventually stop.
- Have meals that have protein, starch and fat.
- Plenty of fresh fruits and veggies.
- Eat plenty of good fat foods like sardines,mackerel, tuna, salmon, extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, flax seeds avocado, chia seeds and raw nuts like walnuts.
Do visit our Homeopathy clinic in Dubai at Glasgow medical center for more details on Infertility and related issues.