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PCOS is a systemic endocrine and metabolic disorder.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS can influence the onset of excessive androgen production, adrenal hyperplasia, insulin resistance, hyperplipidemia, weight gain, anovulatory, hirsute and acne.

Understanding PCOS


Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common hormonal disorders in women. It is commonly associated with infertility, as up to 72% of those with PCOS experience infertility compared to 16% of non-PCOS women with these issues (2). PCOS affects between 6-21% of women of childbearing age however less than 50% of women are properly diagnosed (6), so many remain unaware of what is causing their underlying symptoms (2). Although this may sound alarming, there are effective tried and tested treatments to manage symptoms naturally. These treatments can also potentially reverse the imbalances at the root of the issue.

The three main features are cysts in the ovaries, an excess of male hormones and absent or irregular periods. Although it has been a relatively under-diagnosed condition for a long time, more people are becoming aware of this disorder. This is important because PCOS is associated with an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes, mood disorders, fatty liver, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar, heart disease and metabolic syndrome amongst other issues.

Simply put, the main issues with PCOS is hormone imbalances. The endocrine (hormone) system is very complex, and there is still much to learn about exactly how these hormone imbalances work in different people. PCOS is often characterized by insulin resistance, which is a hormone released to control blood sugar levels and keep them in safe ranges however other hormones are involved too.

Many herbs are suitable for self-care. However if a health condition does not resolve with home remedies we recommend using the information in Herbal Reality along with your health advisors, especially herbal practitioners from the professional associations listed in our Resources page (‘If you want to find a herbalist”). When buying any herbal products, you should choose responsible manufacturers with independently assured quality standards and sustainability practices. Check the label carefully for the appropriate safety and sustainability information.

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