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What is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)?

PCOS is a disease in which some or all of the following symptoms can occur:

  • Cysts on one or both ovaries
  • Male pattern excessive hair growth (Hirsutism)
  • Insulin resistance
  • High androgen levels (hyperandrogenemia)
  • Acne
  • Failure to ovulate (anovulation)
  • Painful or irregular periods
  • Infertility

PCOS is a common disorder, affecting up to 12% of all women, with some sources saying up to 21% of women at some stage of their lives.

Treatment of PCOS with naturopathy involves treatments and strategies which aim to reduce symptoms such as hair growth and insulin resistance, reduce the occurrence of cysts and balance hormonal levels. Naturopathy is well matched to treat PCOS as it can address the multiple factors that lead to development. Healing takes some time, but with perseverance, most cases are able to be resolved.

There are many subtypes of PCOS, with insulin-resistant PCOS being one of the most common. Katherine uses quality herbal medicines and nutritional supplements which are effective in reducing insulin resistance. By reducing insulin resistance, hormonal balance is more easily achieved.

Another sub-type that is often overlooked is thyroid-related PCOS, where thyroid dysfunction plays a key role. In these women, without addressing the thyroid it is difficult for the PCOS to correct itself.

Katherine does not have a specific naturopathic protocol that she uses for PCOS as she finds that it is more useful to treat each woman individually, as everyone has different needs.

Naturopathic PCOS treatment aims range from reducing insulin resistance, reducing androgen levels, assisting with weight loss, reducing hair, and improving fertility. After your first consultation with Katherine, you will be informed of which of these aims are the most important in treatment to improve your condition.

Before seeing Katherine I had been diagnosed with PCOS by my doctor who placed me on The Pill, believing that my body would normalise itself after 2 years. I did what I was told but began to worry when my period still had yet to return after about 6 months of stopping The Pill.

My blood hormone levels were still abnormal and I felt generally unwell, so I knew I had to do something. My doctor and a specialist I was referred to were unable to help, so I began looking for an alternative. I came across Katherine’s webpage when searching for an experienced naturopath in the Brisbane area.

After an extremely thorough initial consultation, I was prescribed herbal liquid formulas specifically tailored to my personal condition and supplements, as well as lifestyle advice. After about 8 months of consultations with Katherine, I am at the stage where I am now averaging approximately 30-day menstrual cycles and all my initial blood test results have since returned to within the normal ranges. I have also learned a lot more about my body and in addition to helping me naturally regulate my hormones, Katherine has also helped me to get a better night’s sleep and deal with the stress in my life.

I am someone who thought I would only ever rely on conventional medical therapies, but I am so pleased to have decided to try naturopathy. I still believe there is definitely a place for pharmaceutical therapies, but taking a natural approach to my health has been one of the best decisions I have made recently. Thank you Katherine for your persistent help and concern for my health.

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How do I make an appointment to see Katherine?

Katherine and her team at Shift at Brisbane Natural Health present seminars on PCOS on a regular basis. Check here to see if she has any upcoming events. Click here to book an appointment with Katherine at her Brisbane clinic.

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