If you know you have PCOS, it is important to be aware of the different types of the condition and their varying symptoms in order to develop the right treatment plan for your individual needs. Keep reading to find out what they are!
Insulin-resistance occurs when cells in the body don’t respond to the hormone and take up glucose very easily, leading to increased blood sugar, thus causing more insulin to be released. Insulin-resistance can lead to high androgen levels and cause PCOS symptoms to occur. Therefore, modifying your diet and exercise to cope with insulin resistance can help you manage the side-effects of PCOS and regulate your androgen levels better.
After coming off hormonal birth control, some women may experience higher androgen levels as their hormones attempt to return to regular levels. If these issues last for several months, consider taking natural supplements such as zinc to reduce androgen levels.
If you suffer from chronic inflammation, the inflammation might trigger the ovaries to produce more testosterone, leading to hormonal imbalance and PCOS. Some inflammatory PCOS symptoms include fatigue, bowel problems, and joint pain. Eating anti-inflammatory foods such as berries and avocados and cutting down on inflammatory ingredients such as gluten can help you manage these symptoms as well!
Adrenal PCOS is caused by genetic predispositions and abnormal responses to stress. It occurs when DHEAS, an androgen from the adrenal glands, is released at high levels rather than other androgens like testosterone that are produced in the ovaries. Some experts recommend treating this condition with stress management by practicing self care, getting enough sleep, exercising, and eating well.