An emerging epidemic of hormonal dysfunction is happening in US women, resulting from genetic susceptibility, possible environmental exposures, and obesity. Despite the various causes, this hormonal dysfunction can lead to the same symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (known as PCOS). Women typically have irregular and often heavy periods, acne, unwanted coarse hair growth on the face, chest, and abdomen, and trouble with weight gain that is difficult to curtail. Beyond the obvious symptoms, the impact of these hormone changes on a woman’s organ systems can be significant, including higher risks of diabetes, heart disease, and uterine cancer.
At Selah, we are interested in treating underlying metabolic causes instead of only managing symptoms. With proper treatment and weight loss success, many of the features of PCOS can be reversible. We recommend a full laboratory and ultrasound evaluation, followed by a holistic treatment plan that will have the potential to bring long-term resolution of this syndrome.