What are natural treatments for polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Besides medication and surgery, many doctors encourage you to practice a healthier lifestyle that fosters weight loss for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This is because a lower weight means lower insulin and androgen levels—a factor that contributes to the development of PCOS. Additionally, researchers have found that a lower intake of carbohydrates lowers insulin and androgen levels, helping in the management of PCOS. If you do choose to eat carbohydrates, doctors recommend that you eat carbohydrates with a lot of fiber, rather than foods with a lot of sugars. Exercise also does much to reduce insulin and androgen levels. To date, herbal treatments, acupuncture, and other alternative treatments have not been found effective for treating PCOS.

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