Thank you for your question. Has anyone mentioned a diagnosis of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome to you? Ovarian cysts from a young age, obesity, increased hair growth (hirsuitism), male-pattern balding, acne, irregular periods and infertility are but a few of the more common symptoms of this syndrome. It is basically an imbalance in the regulation of oestrogen and progesterone resulting in malfunction of several of the organs reliant on healthy sex hormone balance.
Traditional western medicine isn't very successful at managing this condition, resorting to cycles of oral contraceptives to regulate menstruation and swopping to metformin when one wants to try to fall pregnant. The use of steroids isn't helping either, only causing further imbalance of your hormonal axis.
From a functional medicine perspective I firstly try to create an internal environment that encourages the body to return to a more balanced state of being, using nutrition, appropriate supplementation and lifestyle modification. There is a knock-on effect with appropriate supplementation, weight-loss and increased activity resulting in better regulation of the oestrogen-progesterone balance, which results in improvement of skin, hair and other bodily functions. With this approach there is a very high success rate with many clients attaining their goals, be it better regulation of menstruation or falling pregnant or resolution of hirsuitism. All this without the need to resort to pharmaceuticals that invariable cause more dysfunction than the original condition.
Please contact me at www.healthnation.co.za if you would like to discuss such a program in more detail.
Many thanks and warm regards