Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common conditions affecting reproductive age women, and it can wreak havoc on your hormones.

The presentation and severity of PCOS symptoms vary from person to person, and as such, treatment should be catered towards the patient’s individual picture, not the PCOS label. Like any other condition, it is important to rule out other causes first before arriving on a diagnosis of PCOS.


Classic symptoms of PCOS include:

Symptoms can vary heavily, depending on ethnicity and menopause life stage 


Associated conditions with PCOS include:


As seen above, PCOS comes with a milleu of symptoms stemming from a variety of physiologic drivers. Dr, Lara Briden ND, proposes four specific types of PCOS:


By treating the different underlying drivers, the syndrome can generally be managed very well.


Goals of treatment should include understanding the main drivers of your PCOS and taking into account individual factors such as personal health history, lifestyle, diet, and genetics. Some strategies that can be employed to manage your PCOS symptoms include:


Eating a low glycemic diet




Reducing stress


Employing Common Pharmaceutical Options: Hormonal Contraceptives, Metformin, Spironolactone, Clomiphene Citrate, Progesterone


Employing Common Supplementation Options: Myo-inositol, Berberine, Black Cohosh, Licorice


PCOS is a complex condition with a myriad of underlying factors. It is important to test and understand the dysfunctional pathways in order to develop a holistic treatment plan. With time, understanding, and effort, PCOS is a condition that can be very well managed!

Please speak with your medical team to help you develop a clear understanding of your unique symptom picture and prescribe diet, movement, supplements, herbals or hormones to get you back to feeling your best.



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