Actually Polycystic ovaries are not specific to PCOS and they happen approx. 25% of the time of a healthy ovary.
So what does define PCOS? ⭐ Irregular periods or Polycystic on ovaries at ultrasound ⭐ High androgens on a blood test or symptoms (facial or body hair that is dark and coarse, acne, hair loss or thinning hair) ⭐ Other reasons for high androgens have been ruled out.
There are several types of PCOS and it really is worth finding out which applies to you as they need to be treated differently.
🍰 Insulin Resistant PCOS
Too much insulin impairs ovulation and causes ovaries to make testosterone. It stimulates the pituitary to make Luteinising Hormone (LH), which stimulates androgens. It lowers androgen binding proteins, which results in more testosterone. Causes include primarily eating too much sugar, smoking, stress, hormonal birth control, lack of sleep, alcohol, trans fat, poor gut biome, magnesium deficiency or environmental toxins. One visual indication can be weight gain around the belly leaving to an apple shape figure. If you have insulin resistant PCOS it is important to deal with the cause of the insulin resistance.
👩⚕️Post Pill PCOS Thankfully this is a temporary condition caused by a couple of different factors, including high LH or a surge in androgen production. Time should mean it will go away.
💥 Inflammatory PCOS Inflammation disrupts hormone receptors and suppresses ovulation. It also stimulates the adrenal glands and ovaries to make more androgens. Causes for this include: smoking, diet, environmental toxins and digestive problems. Symptoms include the criteria for PCOS, no insulin resistance, normal after coming off pill, and any of the following: digestive problems, fatigue, headaches, joint pain, skin conditions.
🤯 Adrenal PCOS
If none of the above descriptions apply beyond the general symptoms of PCOS then one other factor could be if there are normal ovarian androgens but elevated adrenal androgens. This is driven by an abnormal stress response in the HPA axis (see my former essay on this). It is possible to ovulate regularly with this form of PCOS.
There are also hidden drivers of PCOS: Thyroid disease vitamin D deficiency Zinc deficiency Iodine deficiency Elevated prolactin Too little food or too few carbs
When doing Reflexology for PCOS it is helpful if the type of PCOS can be identified as this changes the shape of the treatment. Reflex balancing of the ovaries, pituitary gland, hypothalamus, adrenal gland, thyroid, pancreas, liver or digestive tract are all options in different combinations depending on the cause.
Thankfully for you, I have done additional specialised training in Reflexology Women's Health and my high qualification level means I am well placed to be able to offer the correct course of Reflexology to support you.
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