Treating PCOS with bio-identical hormone replacement therapy
Polycistic ovary syndrome, in which sacs of fluid form around the ovaries, is both an inconvenience and a health risk. Besides the discomfort of acne and obesity which PCOS can cause, it also is a risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
As PCOS is a disorder of the endocrine system (the part of the body responsible for hormone regulation), it is possible to regain better endocrine function when you regain hormonal balance using bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.
Why hormone replacement therapy is useful for treating PCOS
Because PCOS is a complex syndrome with multiple contributing factors (including lifestyle and hormonal elements), treatment is symptomatic.
One of the symptoms of PCOS is high levels of male hormones (androgens). Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is thus useful as it helps to balance out these hormones with nature-identical female hormones. The reason nature-identical hormones are used is that they are closest to our natural hormones in chemical structure and thus are thus best equipped to help level hormonal imbalances.
What bio-identical hormone replacement therapy for PCOS entails
The most common way for bio-identical hormone replacement to be administered is via pill supplements. A course of hormone replacement treatment is prescribed in order to slowly build up the body’s reserves of depleted hormones.
Some GPs might stop at the prescription of hormones, but Doctor Allie recognizes that in order for PCOS treatment to be effective, a complete health plan – including necessary lifestyle adjustments – is necessary. Because obesity is a risk factor, nutrition and exercise play an important part in managing PCOS.
Polycistic ovary syndrome can lead to serious health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease if left untreated. In order to protect yourself, speak to Doctor Allie today about using bio-identical hormone replacement therapy to ward off health complications.