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According to the criteria of the conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), a PCO syndrome is present if 2 of 3 of the following criteria are met:
- Polycystic ovaries (whether polycystic ovaries are present can be determined by the gynaecologist using ultrasound diagnostics).
- Oligo- and/or anovulation - chronic cycle disturbances in the form of oligo-/amorrhoea.
- Virilisation (clinical sign of hyperandrogenism); exclusion of other diseases of the pituitary gland, adrenal gland and ovary should be requested.
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The therapy is carried out in cooperation with a gynecologist. In the foreground are weight normalization, reduction of insulin resistance, antiandrogenic therapy aimed at lowering the androgen level. To protect the endometrium, especially if it is already thickened, treatment with progesterone may also be indicated.
As insulin plays an important role in the disease process, the diabetes drug metformin (2x1000mg/day, depending on body weight) is often recommended as an off-label-use, which improves the response of the body's cells to insulin and thus also increases the ovulation rate. This measure is an option especially if there is an unfulfilled desire to have children.
Naturopathically, evening primrose oil 500, 60 capsules (3 packs for 3 months) is recommended. This is to treat estrogen dominance.
Diet for PCO syndrome: The most important treatment for PCO syndrome is a reduction in body weight. This will decrease the excessive androgen levels and improve ovarian function. Furthermore, weight reduction has a positive effect on the insulin sensitivity of the body's cells: insulin resistance decreases and the elevated insulin level decreases. Most effective is a change of eating habits towards a low-calorie, low-carbohydrate and high-fibre diet.
In clinically manifest acne, the usual therapeutic applications of acne are considered.
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Incoming links (9)Acne tarda; Alopecia androgenetica in women; Hair-an syndrome; Hirsutism; Lipodystrophy generalized; Pituitary gland diseases, skin changes; Saha syndrome; Stein-leventhal syndrome; Virilization;
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