Is PCOS Curable?
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One out of every four women is experiencing some form of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), and since those ladies seem to be emailing me up a storm these days, I thought I'd address the topic! So first off: is it curable? Western Medicine says no. But me? I believe you can absolutely heal your ovaries and I can’t wait to show you how!
PCOS can be a scary diagnosis without a whole lot of solutions. In fact, often the only solutions offered are drugs, drugs, and more drugs! And the star of the show? My arch-nemesis: birth control pills. But all this does is sweep the symptoms under a rug.
What if later on you want to get off the hormones or start a family? PCOS will be right where you left it, and often in a worse state then it was before. Starting the healing process now can make a huge difference in your reproductive health as well as your overall wellbeing.
The only way to heal PCOS and its associated symptoms is to get at the underlying cause of the hormonal imbalance. Sure, weight can be a factor. In fact, 50% of women with the syndrome are overweight. But while many believe weight to be a contributing factor, I believe it’s a symptom, not the cause of the problem.
While there are several factors at play in women with polycystic ovaries, two prime candidates account for the bulk of the problem: (1) Insulin imbalance due to dietary factors, and (2) feminine imbalance due to emotional factors. Both are totally within the capabilities of your beautiful body to heal. Let's look at both.
PCOS Roadblock Number 1: Insulin Imbalance due to dietary factors
So imagine your body is like your kitchen trash bin. On a typical week, it’s not so bad! It fills up gradually and you have to take it out maybe once a week. But say you’re feeling festive and decide to host the party of the century. The next morning cleanup is a nightmare! The problem is, women with PCOS are hosting a hormonal party in their body every single day.
High quantities of excess hormones (called androgens) wreak havoc in your blood stream and your body struggles to clean up the mess. This is why so many women with PCOS also suffer digestive and skin ailments. Your body is trying to dispel excess hormones through your primary paths of elimination: Your colon and skin!
Finally, with nowhere else to go, your ovaries take a hit. Androgens block the development of your little eggs so they can never fully reach maturity. Your hormone levels remain static and your ovaries become covered in tiny little underdeveloped eggs (hence the name: Polycystic Ovaries). All this hormonal chaos is a direct result of high insulin caused by mismanaged blood sugar and clogged pathways of elimination. Both of which you are totally capable of healing.
Start by reducing sugars, caffeinated beverages, alcohols, and simple carbohydrates such as breads, pastas, and cereals to avoid the sugar crash now known to cause insulin resistance. Make sure you eat breakfast every morning and are getting quality proteins with every meal and snack.
It’s also a great idea to start taking the trash out more–which might mean adding flax to your diet, increasing warm water and juicy fruits, and maybe adding a magnesium supplement. Pay attention to your blood sugar and bowel movements to start your beautiful journey to healing!
PCOS Roadblock Number 2: Feminine Imbalance due to emotional factors
Because PCOS is hypothalamic in nature (meaning heightened levels of cortisol are messing with your brain’s ability to balance your hormones), both diet and emotional stressors directly affect ovarian function.
So what do I mean when I say emotional stressors? A woman’s endocrine system is intimately tied to her emotional wellbeing. In particular, her femininity. On a subconscious level, feelings of inferiority or weakness associated with how you feel as a woman can cause your endocrine system to shut down.
Studies done on monkeys have further proved this point discovering that when females are placed in a situation of social subordination, ovarian disturbances start to take root.
With PCOS in particular there are three main causes of feminine disturbances:
Feelings of inferiority, subordination, or powerlessness to men
Feelings of dependence or not wanting to grow up
Feelings of anger, fear, or guilt toward parents or mothers
Maybe you aren’t used to seeing the root cause of your ailments in an emotional way, but ask yourself this: Have you ever tried to stop tears because you felt that showing emotion would be a sign of weakness? Have you ever exercised with the intent of achieving six-pack abs or a strong (more masculine-looking) physique? Have you ever worked a 50 or 60 hour work-week to make a name for yourself or feel powerful or put together?
These symptoms can signal an imbalance between your feminine and masculine energies. Tipped in a more masculine direction, your endocrine system follows suit and takes on a more androgynous approach to reproduction. We strive to be more like men, less like women. We take birth control pills to get rid of our periods and value working in an office over being a mother.
In my own life, food wasn’t enough to cure my ovarian disturbances. I ate well and balanced my blood sugar with the best of them. But it wasn’t until I realized I felt absolutely resigned to the situation I was in, and powerless to the outcome of my own life that things took a turn for the better. Two days after discovering it was in my own power to change my life, I ovulated for the first time in a year!
PCOS doesn’t need to be a lifelong chronic condition and that’s why I’m on a mission to heal the periods of the world. You can transform your life and start your journey to healing now!
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