Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

ovarian-cystThe actual causes of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome are not known, but the condition of it always comes with an increase in androgen hormones. These can prevent the natural female cycle of menstruation and fertility.

It results in the development of multiple small cystic growths on the ovaries – created from follicles (eggs) not going through their normal process of release due to immaturity and lack of development.

The presence of cysts is not always the case though, so the name can be sometimes misleading.  Some people can have PCOS, and other symptoms  of it, without ovarian cysts. Others can have ovarian cysts for other reasons, but they don’t have PCOS, and don’t experience other symptoms of the syndrome.

That is why it is not only important to have a diagnosis through ultrasound, but also blood tests, hormone level tests, to ascertain PCOS.

Some develop it very young at puberty, and others at some later stage in their life.  Symptoms of it are experienced differently for every person.

For some it has a very large effect on their menstrual cycle, and ability to produce fertile eggs. It is a major cause of infertility in females, and it is one of the first things to be investigated.

Others can have relatively normal cycles, but experience other symptoms.

Some of the other symptoms that may be experienced are:

  • Irregular menstrual periods, or no menstrual periods.
  • A complete lack of ovulation (release of eggs), or can be inconsistent.
  • Pain in the uterine region around time of ovulation, or menses.
  • Acne
  • Hirsutism (excessive hair growth on face or other areas0
  • Obesity or weight gain.
  • Infertility, or lessened ability to become pregnant.

Long term untreated PCOS can result in diabetes (insulin resistance), an increased risk of heart disease, and cholesterol problems.

Most of the medical establishment state that it can’t be treated. They recommend that the symptoms be managed with diet, lifestlyle, and hormonal intervention.

Often it is recommended to go on the contraceptive pill to regulate the cycle, and to consult a fertility expert if wishing to conceive.

The world of Homeopathy begs to differ here. There are a number of very beneficial homeopathic medicines used for this syndrome, with many clinical cases treated with Homepathy showing complete resolution of cysts, symptoms, and a resumption of a normal, fertile menstrual cycle.

Clinical trial

In Mexico in 1997 (Sanchez- Rezindez, Guzman-Gomez), a trial was conducted using 36 women diagnosed with PCOS, and fitting the individual symptom picture -(remember Homeopathy treats individually drawing on a large range of symptoms – physical, mental and general)- of the Homeopathic medicine Pulsatilla.

It was given 4 hourly throughout the day for two weeks after the end of the periods. This regime was repeated for 4 months. At the end of this time, 30 of the 36 women had disappearance of the symptoms of PCOS and the production of normal ovulating follicles and a further 4 of the 36 became asymptomatic.

This is a clear indication, that using the correctly chosen homeopathic medicine, normal equilibrium of body function can be completely restored.

Please note here before you become very excited about using Pulsatilla to treat your PCOS (I’m not saying don’t become excited about the potential for using Homeopathy to treat your PCOS, mind you!) , there are a number of very good medicines, and the success of this trial was based on the fact that the wholistic homeopathic symptom picture of these women fit the selection of the medicine Pulsatilla.

There are a number of really good Homeopathics that, if correctly prescribed, -using the wholistic homeopathic symptom picture will have hugely beneficial results here, and on the female hormonal cycle in general. Follicullinum, Sepia and Thuja are an example of a number of others that are commonly given.

If a homeopathic is not correctly selected, it will not have any result, and occasionally can also cause a person to experience uncomfortable unrelated symptoms. (This is called “proving a medicine”, and although these reactions are completely non toxic, non damaging, short lived and benign, they can still be unpleasant.)

That is why it is important to consult a professional homeopath, who will use their knowledge to select the best one to achieve maximum results for you.