PCOS Hormonal Disorder Support
Holistic Support For PCOS and Other Hormonal Imbalance
Hormone levels in the human body are constantly changing. There are hundreds of reasons why they fluctuate daily, and to some extent, those ups and downs are necessary. Nonetheless, long-term hormone imbalances might affect your health. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects 6% to 12% (as many as 5 million) of US women of reproductive age. PCOS is the most common cause of infertility in females. PCOS and most other hormonal imbalances are considered a chronic condition, and as such, have a severe impact on the quality of life. However, learning to live with PCOS or other hormonal imbalances can improve your energy level, reduce pain, and thrive in other ways. Learn more about how Alison Ashley, founder of The Vertical Wellness Spa, helps Los Angeles women live a more balanced, mindful, and productive live.
Hormones and Your Health
Hormones are your body’s chemical messengers. They travel in your bloodstream to tissues or organs. They are the bedrock of your body’s endocrine system, which regulates growth, reproduction, temperature, metabolism, and even your mood. As such, hormones are vital to your health.
Endocrine glands, which are special groups of cells, make hormones. The major endocrine glands are the pituitary, pineal, thymus, thyroid, adrenal glands, and pancreas. In addition, men produce hormones in their testes and women produce them in their ovaries.
Hormones and the endocrine system keep your body in a state of homeostasis, or balance. Therefore, having a hormonal imbalance — too little or too much of a certain hormone — can have negative effects on your well-being.
Signs or Symptoms of a Hormonal Imbalance
Because hormones play such a powerful role in your body, hormonal imbalance can manifest itself in a wide variety of ways, from “always being cold” to adult acne, to low libido. There is a broad range of signs or symptoms that could signal a hormonal imbalance. Your signs or symptoms will depend on which hormones or glands aren’t working properly.
Below are some of the most common signs or symptoms of common hormonal conditions:
- weight gain
- a hump of fat between the shoulders
- unexplained, and sometimes sudden, weight loss
- muscle weakness
- muscle aches, tenderness, and stiffness
- pain, stiffness, or swelling in your joints
- increased or decreased heart rate
- increased sensitivity to cold or heat
- constipation or more frequent bowel movements
- frequent urination
- increased thirst
- increased hunger
- decreased sex drive
- nervousness, anxiety, or irritability
- blurred vision
- thinning hair or fine, brittle hair
- dry skin
- puffy face
- rounded face
- purple or pink stretch marks
Note that these symptoms are nonspecific, and just because you experience one or more of them doesn’t necessarily mean that you have a hormonal imbalance.
Hormonal imbalances can affect both men and women. Symptoms of a hormonal imbalance specific to females include:
- heavy or irregular periods, including missed periods, a stopped period, or a frequent period
- hirsutism, or excessive hair on the face, chin, or other parts of the body
- acne on the face, chest, or upper back
- hair loss
- darkening of the skin, especially along neck creases, in the groin, and underneath the breasts
- skin tags
- vaginal dryness
- vaginal atrophy
- pain during sex
- night sweats
Living With PCOS
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common hormonal imbalance condition among U.S. women of reproductive age. Its symptoms include:
- ovarian cysts
- irregular periods
- thinning hair
- weight gain
Researchers say the causes of PCOS are complicated, but insulin resistance and hormone regulation are key factors.
If you are living with PCOS, you know that there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Every day may feel different for you, and your own PCOS experience may be vastly different from that of another woman with PCOS. The general approach recommended for improving your quality of life with PCOS includes the following:
- Eat a balanced diet that’s rich in lean protein, healthy fats, and fiber but contains limited amounts of processed sugar. A “PCOS diet” may help balance the hormones that regulate your appetite, metabolism, and mood
- Get enough sleep. Getting too little sleep or being exposed to artificial light during nighttime hours may lead to disruptions in melatonin and cortisol. It may also influence insulin resistance
- Drink green tea. Green tea may help balance insulin in some people by improving the body’s response to the hormone, although the potential effects of green tea extract on insulin resistance warrant further investigation
- Engage in regular exercise. Physical activity is said to influence appetite hormones and improve the body’s use of the insulin
- Manage your stress. Too much stress can drastically change your cortisol and adrenaline level.
- Avoid endocrine disruptors. Endocrine disruptors are compounds in the environment, such as tobacco smoke, pesticides, herbicides, plastics, flame retardants, and fragrances in lotions and cleaning supplies, that may cause hormonal imbalances.
NOTE: always consult with your doctor or healthcare provider before starting a new diet or exercise routine. The information is not page is not to be taken as medical advice.
Get Holistic Wellness Support for PCOS
Los Angeles is home to many people who suffer from PCOS or other types of hormonal imbalance. The founder of The Vertical Wellness Spa, Alison Ashley, first began helping women with PCOS through her work as an electrolysis professional. Hormonal hair is notoriously difficult to remove permanently, but Alison’s technique is very effective at removing unwanted hormonal hair on the face, stomach, arms, and underarms.
In addition to being Los Angeles’ #1 electrologist, Alison Ashley is also a Certified Health and Wellness coach. Through the years, she has worked with women who were frustrated and had lost all hope because the only advice their doctors offer is to lose weight, take a pill, and live with their symptoms. Although there is no “magic pill” for PCOS, women can thrive with PCOS when they embrace the power of knowledge, nutrition, and lifestyle. As your health and wellness coach for PCOS or other hormonal imbalances, Alison will explore your needs based on gathering the ins & outs of your PCOS / hormonal imbalance story and health goals.
Schedule a consultation today to learn more about our wellness support services for PCOS and other hormonal imbalances.