PCOS infertility is the most common cause of infertility today. In this article you’ll learn what is PCOS and how you can treat PCOS infertility naturally. If you were wondering how to cure PCOS, while there is no ‘cure’ as such, the symptoms can be successfully managed naturally.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome aka Polycystic Ovarian Disease manifests in multiple cysts covering the ovaries, filled with immature follicles (eggs) accompanied by hormonal abnormalities and irregularities in ovulation and menstruation. This is a metabolic condition associated with insulin resistance and glucose intolerance.
Common symptoms are failure to ovulate, acne, obesity, menstrual irregularities and hirsutism (hair growth on skin). Severe cases manifest with all of the symptoms while mild and moderate cases only have some.
Infertility is caused by the inability to ovulate due to excess production of male hormones – androgens (testosterone) and insufficient oestrogen and progesterone production by the ovary. Due to an insufficient amount of FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) androgens cannot be converted to oestrogen, and follicles can not mature and ovulate.
Many of my clients with PCOS often ask me how to cure PCOS naturally. While PCOS falls into a group of conditions which don’t have a cure as such, there are natural ways to manage this condition so you don’t experience any symptoms and can get pregnant if you choose to. What this means is that if you stick to a certain dietary and lifestyle regime you will keep the condition under control, but if you revert to the old way of eating and living you will most likely develop PCOS symptoms again.
Studies have found that the majority of cases of infertility due to ovulatory disorders may be prevented with dietary and lifestyle modifications. Therefore that’s where you should start.
There are several key factors that play a role in PCOS Infertility. Depending on which one is most characteristic for you will determine the first line of treatment.
1. Balancing Insulin
Insulin resistance has been found to contribute to excess production of androgens by the ovaries. Insulin resistance goes hand in hand with obesity or being overweight especially around the middle (visceral fat = fat around the organs). However insulin resistance can also be found among people who are not obese or overweight. If you are overweight and have PCOS infertility it is advisable that that you loose weight and correct insulin resistance.
Insulin resistance means that the cells are not reacting to insulin when it knocks with a new batch of glucose. This is usually due to saturation of insulin at the receptor sites of the cells from a diet high in refined and simple carbohydrates. This leads to excess glucose in the blood stream and not enough in the cells. This in turn leads to fatigue and lethargy and increased risk of bacterial infections (due to excess glucose outside the cells) and diabetes.
2. Addressing Testosterone & Promoting Ovulation and Menstruation
Excess androgens (testosterone) stem from too much LH (lutenizing hormone) being produced by the body over FSH (follicle stimulating hormone). This in turn results in immature eggs which never reach the ovulation stage and end up forming small cysts on the ovaries. A type of estrogen can be converted to testosterone in fat tissue which is another reason for making sure you loose weight if you are overweight.
Normalizing your hormones and getting your body to produce sufficient amount of hormones to ovulate and maintain pregnancy is the key and the end result of all the treatment strategies for PCOS infertility.
What to do?
A herbal tea can be an excellent addition to managing your PCOS. We’ve made this PCOS fertility tea recipe, especially for you. The PCOS fertility tea can help to: balance your blood sugar (cinnamon), balance your hormones (licorice), stimulate your metabolism and help fat burning (cayenne), reduce inflammation (turmeric & ginger) and increase circulation (ginger).
The Fertility tea for PCOS can be drunk all year around, with your choice or milk, or without. Just pop the ingredients into a pot and simmer for 20 minutes with ? of water. Then strain and put in a jar in the fridge. To reheat – take out ¼ cup and add to your choice of milk and warm it up in a saucepan or drink it as is… as iced tea!
Research shows a correlation between drinking 2 cups of spearmint tea per day and a reduction in androgens and hirsutism (male pattern hair growth). We don’t think spearmint would go so well in the spicy fertility tea, so drink it separately to help balance your hormones.
Do you have PCOS Infertility? Are you looking for a solution on how to treat PCOS naturally? I’d love to learn more about you and help you get pregnant naturally, share your thoughts with me.
Iva Keene MRMed. ND. is an internationally recognized Natural Fertility specialist and accredited Naturopathic Physician who has helped thousands of couples with fertility problems through her published information and personalized coaching programs. Her Free Fertility Coaching mini-course uses her research and clinical experience to help you be more empowered, more fertile and have a healthier baby.