The Root Causes And Treatment For PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, affects 5 to 10% of women in their childbearing years. Despite the many women struggling with the difficult symptoms of PCOS, we still know little about it. Those symptoms can include irregular or missing periods, excessive hair growth or hair loss, acne, and weight gain. Sadly, the average woman with PCOS sees four doctors before receiving a diagnosis. Today on The Doctor’s Farmacy, I’m excited to talk to Dr. Heather Huddleston to dig into the nuances and research around PCOS. PCOS is a prime example of the need for a personalized approach to healing. We know there are certain components involved, like increased production of androgens and a propensity towards insulin resistance, but each case is different. That means what works for one person may not have the same impact for another—a challenge that requires a present and informed practitioner to help navigate. Throughout our conversation, we discuss how PCOS is diagnosed and the various methods Dr. Huddleston uses to treat her patients. There is no single cause of PCOS and it takes a multifaceted approach to improve. Balancing sex hormones, blood sugar, and insulin while reducing inflammation, supporting metabolic health, and assessing mental health are all important aspects to pay attention to. We also talk about emerging information on the role of the microbiome in PCOS. Dr. Huddleston and I share some of our experiences with patients, from assisting with weight loss to supporting fertility and more. This episode is brought to you by Rupa Health, Cozy Earth, and BiOptimizers. Rupa Health is a place where Functional Medicine practitioners can access more than 2,000 specialty lab tests from over 20 labs like DUTCH, Vibrant America, Genova, and Great Plains. You can check out a free, live demo with a Q&A or create an account at Cozy Earth makes the most comfortable, temperature-regulating, and nontoxic sheets on the market. Right now, get 40% off your Cozy Earth sheets. Just head over to and use code MARK40. Magnesium Breakthrough really stands out from the other magnesium supplements out there. BiOptimizers is offering my community 10% off, so just head over to and use code Hyman10.
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