The female sex hormones affect many important processes in our body like puberty, menstrual cycle, hair growth, skin texture, Fertility, menopause, etc. These same hormones sadly, also affect our ability to lose fat and our muscle growth.
The two female hormones that control a woman’s life:
Main female sexual hormone
Responsible for the development & regulation of the reproductive system
Boosts fertility & libido
Develops the female body in terms of breasts, thigh and buttocks
Regulates the monthly menstrual cycle
Helps prepare your body for conception and pregnancy
Primary factor in production of other sex and stress hormones
Improves sleeping quality
Testosterone, often referred to as the “male” hormone, however women also have testosterone in their bodies
Important male sex hormone
Responsible for weight gain
Stimulates muscle growth
Affects body hair & libido
When the above hormones are in balance women can enjoy a happy long, healthy and productive life. When these hormones tend to fluctuate and cause an imbalance in the right ratio required, problems start to follow and each imbalance has its own signs and symptoms. Low testosterone levels and an increase in oestrogen are the main and most commonly linked to PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome).
PCOS is an endocrine disorder (hormone related) that disrupts the hormone levels and is the main cause of infertility among 5% to 10% of women today. Women who suffer from PCOS have multiple small cysts located on their ovaries hence the name “polycystic ovarian syndrome”. The cysts themselves are not harmful, but lead to hormone imbalances. It’s like a vicious cycle as one hormone change automatically triggers another change.
Causes of PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome):
▪ Hereditary – A lot of evidence suggests that genetics (either from your paternal or maternal side) may have a definite link to PCOS. Hence, your chances of having PCOS are much higher if the women in your family suffer from irregular menstruation or diabetes.
▪ Hormonal Imbalance – Women with PCOS tend to have higher levels of testosterone, luteinising hormone (LH), sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) and prolactin. This prevents normal ovulation.
▪ Insulin Resistance– Women diagnosed with PCOS usually have insulin resistance. This means their body does not respond quickly to insulin. The high insulin levels causes the ovaries to make more androgen hormones such as testosterone which in turn lead to hormonal fluctuations.
▪ Mild Inflammation- Women with PCOS have mild inflammation. This type of low-grade inflammation causes the polycystic ovaries to produce excess amounts of androgen.
Signs and Symptoms of PCOS
▪ Missed or irregular periods -The most common signs of PCOS is irregular menstruation. This means a menstrual cycle of more than 35 days, less than eight menstrual cycles a year or Amenorrhea (no periods for 4 months or even more).
▪ Variation in Menstrual Bleeding– A heavy or low (scanty) blood flow with blood clots. Prolonged periods may go up to 9 days.
▪ Infertility– Unable to conceive because of no ovulation or irregular ovulation.
▪ Hirsutism– High levels of the “male” androgen hormone sometimes causes Hirsutism in women. Coarse and thick hair starts to grow all over the face and body (chest, stomach, back, thumbs or toes).
Unfortunately, these days hormonal imbalances are being treated with hormonal replacement therapies which include anti-contraceptive pills and other synthetic hormones to treat these symptoms, BUT this does not resolve the underlying issue.
Instead a holistic treatment with proper diet & lifestyle changes can help manage these symptoms naturally before turning to medicine.
With the knowledge, research and wide exposure, I, Dr. Tehsin Malik have developed a natural plan that can help you fight and heal PCOS and increase your chances of conception..Naturally. We call it the Pcos2pregnancy program. Over time, I’ve tested and refined my approach. And I’m proud to say that since then, many of my patients have overcome PCOS naturally and started families, Alhumdulillah.
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