PCOS; A Leading Cause of Infertility

Female infertility is becoming more common.  For couples trying to conceive, getting pregnant doesn’t always come easy.  Getting pregnant artificially can be financially and emotionally expensive.  There is an emerging cause of female infertility, which is becoming more common.  It is called polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

The majority of research indicates that excessive levels of insulin or insulin resistance are the main cause of PCOS.  Insulin is released as the result of sugar in the blood.  Excessive levels of insulin are the result of eating an unbalanced amount of refined carbohydrate foods.  Insulin resistance describes what happens when the body becomes resistant to its own insulin.   This happens with long-term, over consumption of chocolate, soda, candy, chips and other junk food.

The clinical picture of PCOS varies widely.  Typical symptoms include irregular periods, weight gain, acne, skin tags and abnormal facial and body hair.  Some of the symptoms may be non-existent in some women but are more pronounced in others.  Most women with PCOS do not fit the typical profile.  For example, fifty-percent of women with PCOS are lean.  Some women with PCOS have regular periods.  However, the inability to conceive or maintain a pregnancy, along with the preponderance of symptoms may suggest PCOS.  An ultrasound and blood work may help confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment of PCOS can be multi-faceted.  Conventional medicine traditionally uses Clomid to establish regular ovulation and injected hormones to stimulate development and readiness for ovulation.  A natural healthcare approach focuses on diet, exercise and vitamins.

First, remove all refined carbohydrates from the diet, as mentioned above.  Eat more high quality fats, such as, avocados, wild fish, eggs, nuts and olive oil.  Include protein at each meal.  Second, exercise to lose weight.  Slow and steady exercise will burn fat.  Thirdly, take specific supplements to reduce blood sugars.  The nutrients chromium and vanadium have been shown to reduce blood sugars.  Pay close attention to the menstrual cycle and use a calendar to help keep track.

Get in touch with your body.  These changes take time.  Persistence is critical and encouragement from loved ones helps a lot.

Dr. Rodney Shoemaker


  1. Great Article Doc. Thanks!

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