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PCOS & Functional Medicine

What is PCOS?

PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. It is a common hormonal based disorder that affects women of reproductive age. The main features of PCOS include irregular periods, high levels of androgens (male hormones) and the presence of multiple small cysts on the ovaries.

Symptoms associated with PCOS:

  • Irregular or infrequent menstrual periods
  • Heavy or prolonged periods
  • Excess hair growth on the face, chest, stomach, or thighs
  • Acne or oily skin
  • Male-pattern baldness or thinning hair
  • Darkened skin on the neck, groin, or underarms
  • Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
  • Infertility

The underlying pathophysiology is not completely understood, but it is thought to be related to a combination of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors. Some women with PCOS may have a higher level of insulin (a hormone that regulates blood sugar) in their blood, which can cause the ovaries to produce too much testosterone and other androgens.



Functional Medicine & PCOS

Functional Medicine is a science-based holistic approach that seeks to understand the underlying causes of chronic diseases and addresses them through personalized treatment protocols. In the case of PCOS, Functional Medicine practitioners may use a variety of treatments to address the underlying causes of the condition, such as hormonal imbalances, insulin resistance, and inflammation.

Some potential treatment options that a functional medicine practitioner may recommend for PCOS include:

  • Diet and lifestyle changes: This may include recommendations for a low-glycemic diet that is high in fiber, lean protein, and healthy fats, and low in refined carbohydrates, sugar, and processed foods. Additionally, regular exercise, stress management techniques, and getting enough sleep are also important.
  • Nutritional supplements: Certain supplements such as omega-3 fatty acids, berberine, vitamin D and myo-inositol can be used to balance hormones and reduce insulin resistance.
  • Hormonal therapy: Bio-identical hormone therapy may be used to balance estrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels, as well as suppress the production of androgens.

It’s important to note that Functional Medicine is not a substitute for conventional medical treatment. At EvoHealth Kansas Functional Medicine we will  work in collaboration with a woman’s gynecologist or endocrinologist to provide comprehensive and evidence-based care.

Kansas Functional Medicine

At EvoHealth – Kansas Functional Medicine, we want to help you do more than just live; we want you to live your best life! Kansas functional medicine practitioner Dr. Tanner Wilson offers evidence-based care for people who want to take a more proactive role in their health and well-being. Using a telehealth approach, we provide in-depth, effective care to patients throughout Kansas City, Overland Park, Olathe, Lenexa, Wichita, Topeka and Lawrence—and you don’t even have to leave your home! Our goal is to make functional medicine accessible to all, regardless of where you live or your financial situation.



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