Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS affects about 10-20% of women worldwide and can occur at any age before menopause. It can often go undiagnosed for months because its symptoms overlap with many other women’s health concerns. PCOS itself is not a disease and is not dangerous. No one is sure yet what causes it in the first place.
What is PCOS?
PCOS refers to multiple cysts (fluid and hormone filled follicles) on the ovaries. The ovaries create an abundance of follicles each month without producing an egg. A number of other problems that go along with PCOS include:
· Anovulation (lack of ovulation) and menstrual abnormalities
· Hirsutism (facial hair)
· Male Pattern Baldness (MPB)
· Insulin resistance and an increased incidence of Type II diabetes
· High levels of triglycerides
· Low bone density
· Higher than normal circulating androgens, especially testosterone
Dr. John Lee recommends using progesterone to treat PCOS. Using Progesterone crème is a good way to bring on a regular monthly period. If progesterone levels rise each month during the luteal phase, as they are supposed to do, this maintains the normal rhythm each month and begins to cycle on its own, and therefore reduces the presence of cysts. In addition to using the progesterone crème, women reduce their polycystic ovaries through healthy nutrition, regular exercise and attention to stress. This combination approach helps bring the body back to hormonal balance.
The disappearance of facial hair and acne are obvious signs that hormones are becoming balanced, but results may take up to six months. If symptoms fade, gradually ease off the progesterone by taking half the dose. If symptoms return, stay on the full dose for six additional months.