Every homeopath seems to find that they attract people with certain conditions, consequently I have treated a few people with PCOS now.
In my opinion it is massively underdiagnosed in the UK… mainly, I feel, because allopathic medicine has no effective treatments for it.
Wikipedia describes the principle features of PCOS as,
“anovulation, resulting in irregular menstruation, amenorrhea, ovulation-related infertility, and polycystic ovaries; excessive amounts or effects of androgenic (masculinizing) hormones, resulting in acne and hirsutism; and insulin resistance, often associated with obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and high cholesterol levels. The symptoms and severity of the syndrome vary greatly among affected women.”
The case I want to talk about today came to me about 8 months ago for help. She had spent the last 20-odd years on the contraceptive pill to control (suppress) her symptoms. The same thing happened each time she tried to come off the pills: after a couple of months acne began on her face & back, really painful spots making it impossible for her to sleep on her back. Antibiotics made no difference to the acne. Then her hair would start thinning & she would exhibit male-pattern baldness. Her periods would gradually go more & more out of balance… each time she would have to give up after 3 or 4 months & go back on the contraceptive pill as it was too distressing for her.
Her G.P refused to diagnose her with PCOS, or to send her for scans. Eventually she went private 4 years ago & got the diagnosis.
My patient was ready to start trying to conceive, so she obviously had to come off the pill to allow this to happen, so she came to me hoping I could control the balding & acne by re-balancing the hormones. I’ve seen her 7 times now & for months she kept coming back…keeping the faith…while each time her symptoms got steadily worse. However yesterday we’ve finally had the results we were both seeking, she came with lovely smooth skin, no acne to be seen & her hair is again regaining it’s thickness. Our next challenge will be to consolidate these gains & hopefully for her to conceive.
So to all the PCOS sufferers out there, there IS hope, there ARE effective treatments available. Book an appointment with your neighbourhood homeopath today & invest in your own health. Alternatively book a Skype appointment with me 🙂