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Natural Solutions for Stubborn PCOS

Updated on July 15, 2011

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is very common among infertile women. As a matter of fact, some research suggests that as many as 50% of all infertile women may suffer with some degree of PCOS.

Characterized by either a complete inability of the ovaries to release an egg for fertilization and implantation, or the inability to release an egg at the right time of the cycle for a pregnancy to occur, PCOS can be especially detrimental to a woman’s ability to conceive, especially if left untreated.

PCOS can be as simple as a hormone imbalance that can be easily remedied, causing regular ovulation to resume, or it can more insidious, as is the case when fluid-filled follicles in the ovaries create hardened cysts which can actually prevent ovulation and menses from occurring by creating a negative environment void of the proper circulation through the entire reproductive system. When this happens, restoring reproductive helath can be more difficult and take more time.

For some women, an egg may be released by the ovaries each month, only at the wrong time of the cycle for a pregnancy to occur.  This is the most difficult type of PCOS to treat, since the most common fertility drugs are deemed useless.

Drug Therapy

For most infertile women suffering with PCOS, drug therapy seems to be their first line of defense to restore normal ovulation. Unfortunately, these high powered drugs often come with their own set of side effects, leaving many couples worried about long-term effects. Plus, drug therapy can be expensive, leaving many couples unable to afford it. Thankfully, there are more natural, safer and cheaper options for treating PCOS.

For centuries PCOS has been successfully treated using a combination of Natural Fertility therapies including acupuncture, herbal therapy and dietary changes.

Dietary Changes to the Rescue

Diet can play a big part in treating PCOS. Since most sufferers experience higher than normal blood glucose levels and cholesterol, controlling both is essential to restoring proper hormone balance within the body, which can aid the ovaries in ovulation and conception. A diet rich in proteins and low in sugars and processed carbohydrates is usually recommended to keep blood glucose levels more stable and enhance hormone production throughout the body.


Other dietary recommendations for treating PCOS infertility include:

  • Avoid all refined sugars
  • Avoid all refined carbohydrates (white bread, white rice, pasta, breakfast cereals, etc)
  • Avoid any drinks or foods that will increase your glucose levels suddenly (soda, fruit juice, etc)
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Eat plenty of whole grains
  • Increase your fiber intake

Herbal Help

Since hormonal balance is essential to fertility, most natural PCOS specialists also recommend introducing ovulation inducing and circulation enhancing herbs and supplements to your diet to help reverse the effects of PCOS like Gleditsia (taken during the first half of your cycle); Leonurus Seed; False Unicorn Root; Royal Jelly; Omega 3 Fatty Acids (fish oil) and Wheatgrass. Among some of the best herbal helps to use when suffering with PCOS are:

What Is Vitex?

  • Chasteberry:  used to help lengthen the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle and increase the LH surge during ovulation, it is used to reinforce ovulation and get that egg where it needs to be for conception to occur.
  • Red Raspberry Leaf:  helps to increase blood flow and circulation to the uterus.
  • Maca: helps to increase the amounts of progesterone and balance hormones.

Fertility Vitex capsules
Fertility Vitex capsules | Source

Some Fertility Issues That May Be Helped by Vitex:

Dysmenorhea (painful menstrual cramps)
Long Periods (longer than 4 – 6 days)
Cystic Acne
Corpus Luteum Insufficiency (CLI)
Unusual menstrual bleeding
Uterine fibroids
Ovarian cysts
Birth Control related Hormonal Imbalances


Acupuncture has been used for centuries by Chinese health practitioners to restore balance and vitality to the entire body.  Recently the results in treating PCOS and other infertility issues have been amazing.  By inserting small needles into specific energy regions of the body (called meridians), acupuncture has been shown to restore the entire sympathetic nervous system to better health and balance. This enables the reproductive system to maintain proper hormone balance, clear away blockages and basically keep things working properly.

For PCOS patients, the results are clear: acupuncture does indeed work to decrease hyperactivity in ovarian sympathetic nerve fibers which can increase your chances of developing PCOS if not treated. In 2000, the renowned fertility journal, Biology of Reproduction, reported that polycystic ovarian syndrome was actually induced in rats by aggravating nerve fibers in the sympathetic nervous system. This proved the validity of acupuncture’s claim to treat the disorder.

Yoga and Exercise

Exercise too can help to boost ovarian function, by increasing your metabolism as well as circulation to the reproductive organs.

Fertility Yoga e-book
Fertility Yoga e-book

Used to restore proper balance to the body and clear away congestion (which ahs also been linked to PCOS), yoga too has been touted as a real treatment option for dealing with polycystic ovarian syndrome.  The important thing when incorporating yoga exercises into your daily routine is to seek out fertility yoga poses to increase your chances of healing an improperly working reproductive system.

While none of these things alone can cure your PCOS, devising a winning plan of attack by incorporating as many of these natural treatment suggestions as possible can help to relieve your PCOS symptoms and increase your chances of getting pregnant. Most experts agree, however, to give yourself at least three full cycles before trying to conceive to give your body the best chance at releasing healthy eggs that are prime for fertilization and implantation.

PCOS Fertility Kit
PCOS Fertility Kit

PCOS Fertility Kit

The PCOS Fertility Kit contains herbs and supplements that supports the body in maintaining a healthy hormonal balance. For best results use this program in conjunction with eating a PCOS Diet.

PCOS Kit Includes:

  • Women's Whole Food Multi
  • Vitex
  • Progesterone
  • DIM
  • Fertilica Omega

PCOS Sufferers:

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What Next?

I hope you found this article helpful. If you end up having any questions I would suggest for you to join the Natural Fertility Community and post them there. Not only will you have access to natural fertility speciallists, but you can also get feedback and support from women who are going through the same experience as you.

I wish you the best on your journey and look forward to hearing about your BFP!

All the best,
Hethir Rodriguez


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