PCOSyster Club

Does this sound like you?

You’ve got irregular menses, long cycles, hair growth in abnormal places, weight gain or difficulty losing weight, fatigue, and sometimes even more fun symptoms.

PCOS is a very mis-labelled syndrome that stands for polycystic ovarian syndrome. The reason it’s a misnomer is that only a small percentage women with PCOS actually have cysts on their ovaries.

Based on the smart fertility Assessment, you:

either already HAVE been diagnosed with PCOS or you suspect PCOS

What is PCOS all about?

There are 4 main types of PCOS:

  • Insulin resistance driven PCOS - show signs of insulin resistance and blood sugar imbalances

  • Inflammation-driven PCOS - show signs of chronic inflammation

  • Post-pill PCOS - usually looks like wonky cycles after discontinuing hormonal birth control

  • Adrenal PCOS - usually presents as high DHEA-sulfate from the adrenals but doesn’t have all the other common elevations of testosterone and it’s metabolites.

The common contributing factors that underlie all 4 types of PCOS:

  • Genetic Predisposition: There is strong evidence to suggest that PCOS runs in families, indicating a genetic component. There have been several genes identified that correlate to PCOS

  • Lifestyle Factors: Obesity and a sedentary lifestyle may exacerbate many of the symptoms of PCOS. While they are not considered direct causes, they can contribute to insulin resistance and worsen the hormonal imbalances associated with the condition.

  • Exposure to Androgens: Some researchers theorize that exposure to excessive levels of androgens in utero may predispose a female fetus to develop PCOS later in life.

  • Endocrine Disruptors: There is emerging research that environmental toxins, including endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in plastics, personal care products, and pesticides, may interfere with hormone functioning and could play a role in the development of PCOS.

  • Disorders of Gonadotropin Release: Abnormalities in the secretion of gonadotropins by the pituitary gland, such as luteinizing hormone (LH), can affect the ovaries and the production of hormones including estrogen and androgens, which can lead to PCOS symptoms.

How does this affect fertility?

  1. Insulin resistance can lead to anovulation (lack of ovulation), which is a primary reason for infertility in PCOS. Treatments often focus on improving insulin sensitivity through diet, exercise, and medications like metformin, which can help restore regular ovulation and improve the chances of conception.

  2. Inflammation can lead to irregular ovulation and may also affect egg quality. Addressing underlying inflammation through lifestyle changes, anti-inflammatory medications, and dietary modifications can help improve fertility outcomes.

  3. The effects on fertility are usually temporary, and ovulation may return to normal after a few months. However, if the irregular cycles persist, it can make timing intercourse for conception challenging. It's often managed with patience and sometimes ovulation induction if necessary.

  4. Even without insulin resistance or ovarian dysfunction, the elevated DHEA-S can still disrupt the menstrual cycle and interfere with ovulation. Managing stress and addressing adrenal health through lifestyle modifications and treatments can help restore normal ovulation and improve fertility.

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About Dr. Aumatma

Madre Fertility Co-Founder

With an emphasis on hormonal harmony, increased mental and emotional well-being, and overall physical health improvement, Dr. Aumatma Simmons has helped thousands of couples achieve fertility success.

15-year, double-board certified Naturopathic Doctor and Endocrinologist

Best-selling author, host of the Egg Meets Sperm postcast

2015 & 2020 "Best Naturopathic Medicine Doctor" locally

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