We invite you to think differently about polycystic ovarian syndrome. PCOS consist of different types of phenotypes, which is why it’s so confusing to treat. PCOS is not one thing, it’s not a disease, it’s a set of symptoms. For Some women, PCOS is caused by insulin resistance or for some its genetic or caused by prenatal hormone exposure.
Frequently Asked Questions
- 1How do I know if I have PCOS?
- 2How would one test for PCOS?
- 3How many types of PCOS is there?
- 4What is Type 1-Insulin–Resistant PCOS? And how do I know if I have this symptom?
- 5What is Pill-Induced PCOS or Post-Pill PCOS? Can taking the pill cause PCOS?
- 6What is Inflammatory PCOS?
- 7What Is Hidden-Cause PCOS?
If you have the following criteria you have PCOS;
- Testosterone Excess
- Abnormal Ovulation pattern
- Polycystic Ovaries on ultrasound
One of the key symptoms is failure to ovulate regularly, this is why you are deficient in estradiol and progesterone. This will always cause you to have high testosterone and you can develop PCOS symptoms like hair loss and acne and infertility.
a) Blood tests
- fasting Blood Glucose
- fasting insulin
- fasting leptin
- thyroid function
- vitamin D (vitamin D deficiency affects hormone balance)
- urinary iodine
- Insulin-Resistant PCOS
- Pill-Induced PCOS or Post-Pill PCOS
- Inflammatory PCOS
- Hidden-Cause PCOS
- Insulin- Resistant - is classic type of PCOS, and by far the most common. High insulin and leptin impede ovulation and stimulate the ovaries to make testosterone.
- Do you experience weight gain, failure to ovulate, infrequent periods, infertility, facial hair, acne, hair loss and a predisposition to diabetes? They key feature is high testosterone. The high testosterone is actually the side effect, rather than the cause. In type 1 PCOS, the real underlying issue is insulin resistance and leptin resistance. Improper signalling from these metabolic hormones inhibit ovulation and cause the ovaries to produce testosterone. It is a problem with the metabolic hormones that is the main cause of weight gain.
- Causes - sugar, obesity, smoking, tran’s fat and environmental toxins.
- The Pill will not help with PCOS, it suppresses ovulation. For some it’s a temporary effect and ovulation will usually resume after the pill is stopped.
- The pill is a chemically-induced event, it’s not a period, while on the pill your own hormones are completely suppressed. The pill is a chemical castration.
- The Pill could have also made further contribution to the epidemic of PCOS it’s also known to have caused permanent hormone changes even when you have stopped taking the pill.
- The pill causes elevated LH which plays a big role in PCOS. It can take some women up to 2 years to get ovulation going after stopping the Pill.
- Inflammation/Chronic Immune activation is a result from stress, environmental toxins, intestinal permeability and inflammatory foods like gluten.
- Inflammation is a problem for PCOS because it impedes ovulation, disrupts hormone receptors and stimulates adrenal androgens like DHEA.
- It can also cause recurring infections, headaches, joint pains or skin conditions. When you do bloods tests it will show bio-makers such as Vitamin D deficiency, abnormal blood count, elevated C-RP, thyroid antibodies or gluten antibodies, you may also have elevated DHEA.
- “simpler-than-you-think’ type of PCOS”
- The following includes hidden causes of PCOS;
- Soy, because it is anti-estrogen and can block ovulation in some women.
- Thyroid disease, because your ovaries need T3 thyroid hormone.
- Vegetarian diet, because it causes zinc deficiency, and your ovaries need zinc.
- Iodine deficiency, because your ovaries needs iodine. Please be careful with iodine supplementation. Read more at my iodine post.
- Artificial sweeteners, because they impair insulin and leptin signalling.
- Too little starch in your diet, because your hormonal system needs Gentle Carbs.
We as women need to know when to let go of our PCOS diagnosis, PCOS is not a permanent condition. With the right diagnosis and Health Renewal treatment plan you will say goodbye to PCOS.