INSIDE: Discover three different ways to manage PCOS symptoms, while gaining a better understanding of the condition. You don't have to suffer through it.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal disorder impacting roughly 5-15% of women in the reproductive age group. Yet, as highlighted by a 2022 study in Cureus, many remain unaware of the symptoms and management of PCOS, primarily due to a lack of information and publicity. The number of girls unfamiliar with PCOS totaled 78.4% of the study participants.
These low levels of awareness don't downplay the potential severity of the condition. PCOS commonly manifests as ovarian cysts, irregular or absent menstrual cycles, and increased androgen hormones. PCOS can also give rise to severe health challenges, including diabetes, cardiovascular problems, depression, and even an elevated risk of endometrial cancer.
Thankfully, there are different ways that PCOS hormone imbalances can be managed. This article will discuss three of the best approaches: diet, medication, and crystal healing.
A Holistic Approach With Diet
The four primary factors involved in PCOS are insulin resistance, metabolic and hormonal changes, high body fat levels, and issues related to reproductive well-being. Thus, three diets emerge as the best solution to breaking this cycle.
For one, a low glycemic index (GI) diet can be instrumental in managing blood sugar levels. Whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, and certain vegetables and fruits help reduce the risk of insulin resistance associated with PCOS.
Otherwise, adopting an anti-inflammatory diet can aid in managing markers such as blood sugar, hormonal imbalance, and cardiovascular risk. Meanwhile, a dietary approach meant to stop hypertension may also improve PCOS symptoms, including ovarian abnormalities and insulin resistance. The key is to promote fresh, whole foods and combine dietary measures with physical activities and other self-care practices.
Balancing the Hormones With Medication
PCOS can affect a range of hormones, not limited to those associated with fertility. By aggravating insulin resistance, PCOS can result in conditions like type 2 diabetes and obesity. In such cases, your healthcare provider may prescribe weight loss medication for PCOS. Metformin improves the sensitivity of peripheral tissues to insulin and reduces fatty tissue. On the other hand, GLP-1 medications, including semaglutide and liraglutide, reduce appetite and cravings.
Consequent weight loss can improve insulin sensitivity and reduce androgen levels, vital in PCOS management. Otherwise, the types of medicines that treat PCOS and its symptoms include hormonal birth control and anti-androgen medicines. The former can regulate menstrual cycles and lower the risk of ovarian or endometrial cancer. In contrast, the latter can block the effects of androgens, effectively treating hirsutism, unwanted hair loss, and hormonal acne.
Harnessing the Power of Healing With Crystals
In alternative therapies, crystals have gained recognition for their unique energy properties. Our previous post highlighted how crystals like Rose Quartz can balance feminine energy and enhance fertility. This crystal can aid in regulating menstrual cycles, eliminating toxins, and alleviating menstrual issues, making it a valuable companion for those managing PCOS.
Besides Rose Quartz, other crystals such as Carnelian, Clear Quartz, and Emerald can help. Emerald, a detoxifying stone, can promote hormonal balance and alleviate reproductive organ issues. Conversely, Carnelian can help us regulate menstrual cycles, increase fertility, and manage PCOS-related symptoms. Clear Quartz, renowned for stimulating the immune and circulatory systems, can help balance menstrual cycles and address PCOS-related symptoms.
You can incorporate these crystals into your treatment plan by simply meditating, bathing, or sleeping with the gemstones while picturing their energy penetrating your body and reinforcing their intentions. Being in the presence of their frequencies as often as possible can provide extra support as you balance your energy centers and overcome your PCOS symptoms.
Each approach brings unique benefits to individuals seeking relief from the complexities of PCOS. For those interested in exploring the powerful properties of crystals, check out our other posts or send us a message! We'd be happy to help you choose among our selection of crystals so you can begin your holistic journey toward wellness.
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