Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Specialist

Danielle Lewis, NMD -  - Integrative Medicine Physician

Harmony Integrative Healthcare

Danielle Lewis, NMD

Integrative Medicine Physician & Women's Health Specialist located in Midtown, Phoenix, AZ

Are you searching for a more natural approach for managing your polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)? At Harmony Integrative Healthcare in Midtown Phoenix, Arizona, Danielle Lewis, ND, treats PCOS with diet, lifestyle changes, and nutritional supplements. For natural solutions to improve your health, call the office or schedule an appointment online today. Telemedicine appointments are available.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Q&A

What is polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a common health problem, affecting one out of every 10 women of childbearing age. Women with PCOS produce higher than normal amounts of androgens, the male sex hormones. 

The excess production of androgens affects a woman’s hormone balance, ovulation (ovary egg release), and menstrual cycle. Women with PCOS may have eight or fewer periods a year.

PCOS is the most common cause of infertility. As many as 75% of women with an irregular period have PCOS. 

What causes polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a metabolic issue brought on by an imbalance in blood sugar and insulin levels that triggers inflammation. 

Women with PCOS have insulin resistance. Insulin is a hormone that helps get glucose from your blood into your cell for energy. With insulin resistance, your insulin isn’t working like it should, leading to higher than normal blood sugar and insulin levels. 

These imbalances affect the function of your cells, which then leads to the symptoms associated with PCOS. 

What are the symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome? 

Polycystic ovarian syndrome symptoms result from the hormone imbalance. Common symptoms of PCOS include:

  • Weight gain
  • Irregular periods
  • Acne
  • Hair loss from the head 
  • Unwanted hair growth on the face and chest
  • Infertility

The insulin resistance that occurs in women with PCOS drives the increase in weight and overproduction of androgens. Excess amounts of the male sex hormones then trigger other symptoms, such as acne, hair loss, and infertility.

For a PCOS diagnosis, you must have two out of the following three factors: high levels of androgens, polycystic ovaries (multiple cysts on your ovaries), or an irregular menstrual cycle.  

How is polycystic ovarian syndrome treated?

Birth control is one of the primary treatments for PCOS. However, Dr. Lewis takes a more natural approach to the management of polycystic ovarian syndrome. 

For PCOS, treatment at Harmony Integrative Healthcare includes:

  • Anti-inflammatory diet
  • Exercise most days of the week
  • High-quality nutritional supplements
  • Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy

You may also benefit from acupuncture and other holistic treatments.

Once your plan is in place, Dr. Lewis schedules regular follow-up appointments to help you make the lifestyle changes that improve hormone balance, your PCOS symptoms, and your overall health.

For a more natural approach to managing polycystic ovarian syndrome, call Harmony Integrative Healthcare, or book an appointment online today.