A few days ago I shared my story of PCOS and female hormonal imbalance. Today I’m going to share with you my current treatment plan for PCOS and female hormonal imbalance.
I’m going to do my best to be as detailed as possible while keeping it quick and to the point. This research is extensive and I’ll likely be updating and changing my protocol as I learn along the way.
My protocol is not fertility based, as I do not have fertility issues and do not want more children. Remember any type of female hormonal imbalance may be called PCOS. But there are many times. My guess it at least 3-4 kinds of female hormonal imbalances that may get lumped into PCOS. For more on my specific symptoms see my post HERE.
My main concerns are less painful periods, NO MORE ACNE, no more hormonal migraines, maintaining a good weight while avoiding fat around the midsection, better sleep, and overall health.
My Current Supplements and Herbal Remedies
Inositol 500mg – one capsule per day
Silymarin (Standardized Milk Thistle Extract) – 1-4 capsules daily between meals
Evening Primrose Oil – 1-2 softgels per day with food (best to take when eating something oily)
AdrenaCalm Herbal & Multivitamin Cream by Apex Energetics – 1 pump on skin daily
Zinc – 30mg capsules 1-2 daily between meals (get this from an acupuncturist or NPD familiar with Apex).
Jade Pearl 2 as a base herbal tincture from Traditional Chinese Medicine (custom blended to meet my needs by my husband/acupuncturist). This one only an acupuncturist that is familiar with herbs can make for you. (not all of them are btw)
Progesterone Oil topically (the brand I use comes with a huge list of xenoestrogens to avoid and alternative products to help get you started). I put one dropper full on every night before bed on alternating arms.
Spearmint Tea – It lowers androgens naturally YAY! Plus it’s yummy and caffeine free for anytime use. Taste wise I love this brand. Be sure you steep covered for at least 12 minutes to get the medicinal benefits. You can do it for 5 minutes if you just want it to enjoy otherwise. I also love it when I’m sick. They say you need to drink it at least 2-3 times a day for a week to notice a difference. I’ll be doing it forever since it’s yummy and I love tea.
Zinc – people with Acne and skin issues tend to be low in zinc or have issues absorbing it properly. So I take extra zinc. People with hormone issues tend to have leaky gut (which I have) and having leaky gut automatically means you’ll need more zinc because your body cannot easily digest it. 🙁 For more on Zinc, read this.
Kombucha – this one is a strange fermented hippy drink made using a nasty looking “mother”. Now the first time I saw this in someone’s house, I was grossed out and swore I would NEVER drink something so gross for health. Well, never say never, because when your health is at risk and you want to get better bad enough you’ll do ANYTHING. I’m also happy to report that it tastes AWESOME!!!!! Takes a little getting used to, but yummy tummy stuff. Full of gut helping probiotics to battle leaky gut. It’s not cheap, you can buy it made for you in tons of fabulous flavors at Whole Foods and some Publix Supermarkets. If you’re local to Miami hit up Tea N’ Sanity they made their own awesome stuff. Or make it yourself and go full on hippy! You can find tons of information online on how to start your own Kombucha at home. Etsy has pretty much everything you need. Don’t make it in plastic since you need to avoid plastics, so I like these from Etsy HERE, HERE, and HERE. You can look up different Kombucha flavor recipes on Pinterest.
Geletin like this one, is another great supplement to take. It heals your gut like nothing else, but I warn you it’s not fun. Maybe if you throw it on food or in a smoothie. I’m just not a smoothie person.
Homemade meat stocks, soups, stews and natural fat are not optional— they should be your staples! Yup! Thankfully you can make them taste good. I do bone broth in the crock pot for two days. You can get organic bones from Whole Foods, just ask. (yes, they must be organic) Again lots of great recipes on Pinterest. Some cook books on Bone Broths are HERE, HERE, and HERE.
[disclaim]Just a reminder, that some of these were given to me by my husband (a Chinese Medicine Physician) and the others I’m trying based on my own research. So since I haven’t used them long enough and some work for only some types of PCOS and may make others worse, there is no telling which ones I’ll keep and which ones I’ll stop using. So stay turned for updates. As always, if you know something that could be helpful to anyone with PCOS, get to the comments and share your thoughts and any articles/studies of reference. Let’s help each other![/disclaim]
Lifestyle Changes To Help Treat PCOS and Female Hormonal Imbalance
- Exercise. Moderate exercise can help with hormones. While exercising too much can bring them more out of balance. So it’s a delicate balancing act all around.
- Sleep more. Hormones are balanced naturally if you’re sleeping throughout the night, so no more late nights up blogging. I’ll be getting at least 9hrs of sleep per night whenever I can. Keeping in mind that sleeping during the day do not balance hormones, it’s that much more important to me to go to bed earlier every night.
- Reduce exposure to estrogen-like chemical in our environment (xenoestrogens), I totally recommend getting the Progesterone Oil mentioned above if not just for that amazing list of products to avoid and alternatives. Or see this article by Dr. Mercola HERE, with just the basics.
- More gardening in bare feet if possible. Getting out in the sun, fresh air and letting your feet touch the ground, dirt, grass and soil is beneficial! Forget the scare tactics about all the harmful stuff in soil. There is a lot of good there too. Your doornob has more bad bacterial.
- Getting more fiber!
Things To Avoid in My Treatment Plan For PCOS
Stress (LOL, I know easier said than done) Number one would be to Uber everywhere and not drive in Miami, am I right?
Some Xenoestrogens To Avoid
My type of hormonal imbalance includes Estrogen Dominance so I’m going to be avoiding Xenoestrogens. If you are low in Estrogen, some of these may be good for you. So test your hormones!
- Reverse osmosis water filter to help remove xenoestrogens from the water we drink and cook with. Some good options: here, here, here
- Coffee is a natural chemical that will cause an increase in estradiol. Yup, I have too much Estrogen and adding more is dangerous, so thank got for tea!
- Lavender and Tea Tree Oil will increase estrogen (so bad for me being Estrogen dominant)
- If you have Fibroids: sage and rosemary oil on the skin can increase the size of Fibroids. Just an fyi.
- Stay the heck away from soy, milk products, and flax seed (they have high concentrations of xenoestrogens)
- Teflon pans – So bad for you! Instead we take it old school with our heavy seasoned cast iron pans. (bonus, they last forever!)
YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT
MANAGING INSULIN RESISTANCE
- Eat wholegrain foods instead of processed, refined foods. Also, whole fruit instead of fruit juice will maintain insulin and blood sugar levels.
- Eat foods that are high in fibre as they will also cause a slower, more controlled rise in blood sugar and insulin levels.
- Incorporate legumes and vegetables in your diet as they’re high in fibre and nutrients and will manage your sugar levels.
- Combine protein and carbohydrates as protein helps to regulate the blood sugar spike caused by the carbs.
- Eat small, healthy meals more frequently to manage cravings and hunger pangs and NEVER miss breakfast! (source)
Real Talk On Sugar, You’ll Want to Sit Down
First, I want to apologize. This is going to HURT LIKE HELL! The root of all evil in our diet is sugar and processed foods. But let’s just focus on Sugar. We love it sooooo much. It actually changes your BRAIN and make you feel good. Like a drug! It is a drug. We put that shit on everything. We cannot imagine a life without it.
Sugar is part of the problem with hormonal issues. It can lead to diabetes! Here’s how it works…
Insulin resistance leads to PCOS
Sugar causes our pancreas to secrete insulin to move excess sugar from the blood into our cells, to be used as energy. Over time, and due to excess sugar intake, these cells lose their ability to respond to insulin. Our poor little pancreas responds by pumping out even more insulin, and the cycle leads to a resistance.
When our cells stop responding to insulin, they stop picking up sugar and our blood sugar rises, stimulating even more insulin production. Insulin resistance creates a vicious cycle of more and more insulin in the blood. Our stress hormones cortisol worsens the situation by telling the liver to release glucose, pushing insulin even higher. What now?
- All this insulin stimulates the ovaries to produce male hormones.
- All these male hormones overpower female reproductive hormones.
- All this cortisol suppresses pituitary function, which again triggers the ovaries to produce male hormones. (source)
For more on how to cut down on sugar check out this article.
So what should you do?
If you think you have PCOS or Female Hormonal Imbalance I totally recommend finding a Naturopathic Doctor or Acupuncturist that does Functional Medicine (ASK THEM!). You don’t want to mask symptoms with birth control and conventional hormone therapies then end up with cancer, diabetes, etc. Fight for your health!
I’ll continue to update everyone on my progress and anything on my treatment plan for PCOS that changes. As always, if you have any tips or helpful articles…get to the comments and let us know! We can all help each other. 😀