PCOS and Menopause

 

Is Menoapuse Related to PCOS?

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Overview

Menopause is the natural and permanent cessation of the female monthly reproductive cycle, a process that can take the body years to complete.1 It is triggered when the ovaries, which are a major, but not the only, source of the hormones estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone in a woman’s body, begin to cease functioning.

Many individuals think menopausal symptoms are caused solely by the drop in estrogen, when in fact, they are the result of a complex, unbalanced condition of these hormones relative to each other.

Women who suffer from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome often look to menopause for a lessening of their symptoms, thinking that, as their child-bearing years come to an end, their PCOS will disappear with their ovulatory cycles. But this is not the case.

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According to Dr. Geoffrey Redmond, an endocrinologist specializing in female hormones, “Just because the ovaries are not functioning as much doesn’t mean the other abnormalities won’t still be present.” He goes on to point out that studies show male hormone levels climb fairly sharply with age.2 This could mean a worsening of symptoms such as excess hair growth as those hormones become more active. It could also mean insulin-related issues such as diabetes and cardiovascular health could become more problematic.

While the research on menopausal/PCOS mechanisms is sparse, we do know that because PCOS affects many of the body’s systems, the responses of each of these systems to aging will vary; and they will also vary according to the individual.

The long-term prognosis of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is confirmed by reproductive endocrinologist, Dr. Walter Futterweit, who says: “It’s not just there when you’re trying to have your children. And even into the ages of 40s, you still can have the irregular cycles and the excess androgens. Some of the long-term complications are things that are going to be manifest as the person gets older. So it’s not just a here, there for a few years. It’s pretty much a lifetime illness.”3

Hormonal Imbalances

The name ‘Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome’ points to the ovaries because it was long considered to be a reproductive issue. But it is now widely accepted that polycystic ovaries develop as a result of endocrine disorders characterized by a series of hormone imbalances: hyperandrogenism (specifically excess testosterone) and Insulin Resistance due to excess insulin that can trigger a cascade of other hormonal problems.4 From a systemic point of view, the continuing and/or increase of PCOS symptoms is likely due to a continuing hormonal imbalance.

Woman Any disruption of the endocrine system’s delicate balance can have a profound ripple effect on almost every other aspect of a woman’s body, and it is just such a disruption that is found in women with PCOS. Insulin Resistance results from reduced insulin sensitivity in the body’s cells, which causes an excess of insulin and glucose in the blood.

In the case of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, excess insulin causes the ovaries to produce excess testosterone, which can prevent ovulation and result in infertility. High insulin levels can also increase the conversion of testosterone into estrogen, which affects weight gain and the formation of ovarian cysts.5 Excess glucose is stored in fat cells that continue to pump out excess estrogen, further destabilizing the hormone system. In the vascular system, insulin increases the risk of heart disease and it is a known precursor to diabetes.6 Unfortunately, these risks increase as a woman ages.

Managing PCOS

Exercise and Polycystic Ovarian Disease Although there isn’t a single cure for PCOS, lifestyle and nutritional changes can significantly improve the hormonal imbalances that are so prevalent in PCOS. Weight loss and exercise will reduce the levels of insulin and targeted nutritional supplements can help balance out the systemic biochemistry. A healthy lifestyle is the best medicine and through a comprehensive and consistent improvement in diet and activity, PCOS symptoms can be effectively managed or diminished, and some can be made to disappear completely.

You may be interested in some of our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on PCOS and the Insulite PCOS System.

Next Steps

Becoming victorious over the symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is not easy, but you can overcome your PCOS symptoms to live the life you deserve.

It takes strength, courage, and perseverance. It can be challenging and that’s why Insulite Health created this website. It's has information and resources that will help you balance your hormones and reverse PCOS symptoms.

So take these next steps now! Use the links below to learn how to make the changes that will transform your health and your life forever.

  1. Read more about PCOS. Search our 1300 page PCOS library.
  2. Join our Facebook Group right now!  Pose your questions to this group of like-minded women and get the support you need.
  3. Take the PCOS Quiz! Get your PCOS score and assess your risk.  
  4. Learn more about the Insulite 5-Element PCOS Solution

 

Insulite Health, is committed to helping women reverse their symptoms of hormone imbalance. Scientific research has revealed that this imbalance can be a primary cause of many devastating health symptoms. Hormone Imbalance can also underlie the increased risk factors for PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) - a major source of serious diseases as well as cause of excess weight gain, adult acne, unwanted facial hair, depression, anxiety, and heartbreaking female infertility.

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