Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a complex endocrine disorder associated with a long-term lack of ovulation (anovulation) due to hormonal imbalance. The disorder is characterised by the formation of eight or more follicular cysts of 10 mm or less in the ovaries, a process related to the inability of ovaries to release eggs. PCOS is one of the most frequent causes of infertility.
Nowadays more and more women are unknowingly affected by this condition and it is one of the loneliest and uncomfortable with a fear of infertility, no regular cycles, mixed with weight gain, facial hair and acne. Even if specific symptoms are not causing an immediate problem, PCOS can have significant long-term effects, including diabetes, heart disease, and endometrial or breast cancer, so seeking treatment is critical.
Spagyric can help in many ways, regulating the hormone balance, dealing with all the unpleasant physical aspects. But also the emotional, for women who do not feel good about themselves on the outside, as well as within, can have a traumatic effect upon the emotions. This essence has been available for one year now and has helped hundreds of women – some to the extent that pregnancies have occurred.
The Spagyric treatment relies on another complementary concept, developed by Dr John Lee, pioneer in the use of natural progesterone. He believes that the ovary syndrome is related to a relative imbalance between oestrogen and progesterone in women’s bodies and that PCOS is only a particular problem among other female problems resulting from an excess of oestrogen. These include breast tenderness, fibrocystic breasts, fat gain, cervical dysplasia, headaches, irregular periods, foggy thinking, mood swings, water retention, hair loss among others.
Such an imbalance prevents normal ovulation, so women suffer from anovulatory cycles: in a normal menstrual cycle, only one follicle releases its egg. However, when progesterone levels are low compared to oestrogen levels, by a very complex process the body gives signals to several follicles to migrate to the surface of the ovary, but as none releases eggs, the progesterone levels remain low and it is an unending vicious process. The follicles that have not released eggs become cysts that are stimulated to grow even larger with each succeeding cycle. Some ovarian cysts burst into the pelvic cavity, releasing blood and fluid, causing pain.
Thus women with high oestrogen and low progesterone levels, according to Dr Lee’s research, and/or women with high androgen levels (here we are meeting with the traditional medical concept on PCOS) may both suffer from polycystic ovaries, in which many small, undeveloped follicles remain just under the outer covering of the ovary, making it large and lumpy. When progesterone levels are restored to normal for a few months, the cysts are usually reabsorbed.
PCOS is a condition worsened by an unstable emotional state of mind, stress, or after a shock. If the body needs a lot of cortisol, for example in case of chronic stress, it will convert progesterone to achieve this goal. So progesterone will be depleted to produce oestrogen. This explains why stress increases a previous imbalance.
Strong emphasis has been put on the imbalance between progesterone and oestrogen and the work of Dr J. Lee, because as you will see, the Spagyric combination suggested to improve PCOS contains Dioscorea villosa, a natural remedy regulating hormonal balance.
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