PCOS and Endocrine Problems
The Amara Clinic is dedicated to supporting women’s hormonal health. If you’re living with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) or are worried about symptoms, we can provide expert assessment, comprehensive testing and a holistic treatment plan in a supportive, serene and stress-free space.
What are the symptoms of PCOS?
In PCOS, because you don’t ovulate regularly, you also won’t have the surge of oestrogen which accompanies ovulation followed by the surge of progesterone prior to menstruation. This combined hormonal imbalance can trigger many symptoms, although as many as half of the women affected by PCOS are symptom free.
Symptoms and signs include:
- Irregular, sporadic or absent periods
- Significant weight gain and a high BMI
- Increased facial and body hair
- Oily skin and acne
- Low mood
- Fatigue and feeling unwell
- Problems getting pregnant
Treatment of PCOS
At The Amara Clinic, we take an integrated and personalised approach to treating PCOS. Over decades of experience, the highly-qualified health professionals have found that a blend of nutritional, complementary therapies and medications can optimise your hormonal health and restore your wellbeing. Your bespoke treatment programme may include the following:
- Hormonal medication to treat signs of high androgen levels and to regulate periods.
- Weight management: One of the most effective ways to treat PCOS is through weight loss. Women carrying excess weight are at greater risk of developing insulin resistance and the complications this brings with it.
An excellent place to start is by following a low-GI diet. That means eating low-GI food (such as fruit, vegetables, pulses and wholegrains) and avoiding high-GI food (including white bread, white rice, and sugary foods).
If your BMI is above the recommended range of 20 to 25, you are at higher risk of experiencing PCOS and other conditions caused by hormonal imbalance. Switching to a healthier diet and dropping excess pounds can be a game changer.
At The Amara Clinic, we have seen women who previously had signs of PCOS essentially 'cured' simply by changing what they eat and exercising more. It also works wonders in reducing the risk of developing long-term Type 2 diabetes and places you in the appropriate BMI for fertility treatment (BMI under 30).
- Supplements: Inositol may help if you’re struggling to lose weight or experiencing PCOS symptoms.
- Herbal Remedies: Women with PCOS often respond well to herbal interventions.
- Fertility treatment: We can refer you to specialist fertility experts who can offer support and advice.