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The PCOS Solution

Empowering your PCOS Diagnosis An Overview

Sunday, March 20, 2016

You think you have PCOS. You’ve done the internet searches and your symptoms seem to match. So it should be a simple process, surely: Visit your doctor, arrange some straightforward blood tests, and get their agreement that yes, it’s PCOS, so here’s the treatment. How hard could it be? Ah, if only it were that simple. But PCOS is a complex disorder with multiple causes that presents in a different way for each woman. And to complicate things, other disorders like hypothyroidism (slow thyroid) or Cushings Syndrome (an adrenal gland problem) can mimic some symptoms of PCOS. 

This can be a frustrating and confusing time. I’ve noticed a lot of women on social media forums, understandably annoyed, venting their feelings about the absence of a definitive diagnosis.  Lots of waiting rooms, lots of testing, sometimes invasive.  The delays in access to a diagnosis and treatment can be especially painful if you are trying to conceive a baby and one month follows another without an answer. 

In listening to and talking with many women over the years (as a clinical naturopath in Australia) it’s become apparent that not everyone knows how to get the best results from their access to health practitioners (orthodox or complementary). So, as well as pointing out two obstacles you may encounter on your PCOS journey, this article is all about helping you get to the treatment and results that you want more effectively, with greater speed and less frustration. 

Obstacle 1: PCOS Doesn’t Appear In a Standardised Form

There’s only minor agreement in science about what having PCOS really means; mostly because there’s no standard clinical presentation. For you, that means there’s no definitive diagnosis, so one practitioner may label you as having PCOS, but another may decide that you don’t fit the criteria. 

Why bother then with the frustration of many hours spent queuing in practitioner waiting rooms; the unpleasantness and pain of blood tests and physical examinations? Because your symptoms might not actually be PCOS after all; lots of other disorders have symptoms which resemble PCOS but are actually something else entirely. Your medical practitioners will sift through the evidence of your symptoms and your test results, so they can establish whether it’s really PCOS, which variety of PCOS you have, and what your treatment options are. Which treatment you choose, once you’re more informed, is up to you.

Obstacle 2: Time to Talk it Through

Since diet and lifestyle changes are regarded as essential aspects of PCOS treatment by both orthodox and complementary practitioners, it makes sense to start your journey to wellness with attention to what you eat and how you live, guided by a practitioner that’s got time to talk it over with you. That often takes a longer conversation than the brief time you have with a GP. And that’s where naturopathy can fit in to your treatment plan.

You don’t need to wait for the official PCOS diagnosis; you can be treated as an individual by your natural health practitioner and start the process of getting better right now. Natural health practitioners assess where you are right now and apply treatment based on your unique experience of your disorder. Attention to diet, lifestyle and emotional wellness while you’re waiting for the official diagnosis can help speed your progress towards healthier hormones.

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