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Improving fertility and weight loss with a PCOS-like hormonal imbalance

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A case study by Marion Mackonochie

Introduction

This was one of my first hormonal cases and it was a great learning experience, as it was clear that the patient’s willingness to make positive changes to diet and lifestyle were key alongside the herbs. I will now often tell patients that the act of taking their tincture is a little regular reminder that they are taking care of themselves because it is important and they are worth it.

Poly-cystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal imbalance in which androgen levels are chronically high and can cause symptoms such as irregular or absent menstruation, hirsutism, acne, infertility and weight gain. It is the most common hormonal disorder in women of reproductive age, affecting around 20% of women, and is strongly associated with metabolic disorders such as obesity, insulin resistance, inflammation and type 2 diabetes. Women with PCOS are much more likely to have heart attacks or heart disease than women who don’t. Weight loss and successful control of blood sugar levels are effective ways to counter the hormonal imbalance, so it is an ideal candidate for treatment with herbs, dietary and lifestyle advice.

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