Jaclyn – Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) PCOS is such a misunderstood hormonal condition. It’s a driving cause of infertility, but can be treated once you find out the root cause. Meet Jax. I mainly know her for being an incredible naturopath in Sydney, helping women with their hormones, cycles, fertility, and skin. Little did I know that she has experienced PCOS in her life until we got chatting one day. Before Jax even considered becoming a naturopath she went through months and months without a period and didn’t really know what was going on with her body. After her GP tested her female hormones and ran an ultrasound, she was diagnosed with PCOS and was left on her way. Then, she went to see a naturopath who tested her male hormones, insulin levels among other things, and discovered she had elevated androgens – from there they were able to treat Jax to get her cycle back. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal condition that affects up to 1 in 10 girls and women and is one of the major causes of infertility. The cause? It’s kinda unknown, but PCOS warriors produce high levels of male hormones from their ovaries, which affect the menstrual cycle. Jax talks about how PCOS doesn’t mean you have cysts, like the name suggests, it’s mainly just a lot of follicles. If you experience pain in your stomach, this won’t be caused by the condition, it will be something else. Symptoms include: Excess hair growing on your face, chest, stomach or back Thinning hair or baldness Irregular periods or no periods at all Abnormal vaginal bleeding Difficulty falling pregnant Acne Dark patches on the skin Can gain weight easily Swollen belly Depression, anxiety and mood changes Ash x Listen on Spotify, Apple podcasts or wherever you listen to your podcasts. “There isn’t a PCOS template or protocol to treat someone. There are so many different factors that contribute to people’s symptoms.“ Links and resources: More information on PCOS Did you enjoy this episode? If you enjoyed this episode and the Allergy Proof® podcast, we have a favour – If you could subscribe, and write a rating and a review? You can simply do that by clicking here. We’re on a mission to help people banish horrible symptoms to live a better life – this will help the podcast reach more people, to let us all live healthy and happy lives. Jax now has a regular cycle and is working as a naturopath helping other women in the same boat as her.