Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is an endocrine and metabolic condition associated with such signs and symptoms as menstrual irregularities, infertility, weight gain, excess hair growth (on the face and breasts, for example) and insulin resistance.

Polycystic ovaries and polycystic ovary syndrome have been associated with one or more of these factors:

Genetic predisposition
Insulin resistance or hyperinsulinism (high levels of fasting insulin)
Obesity
Hyperandrogenism (excessive production of male hormones)
Environmental chemical pollution (hormonal disruptors)
Processed foods
Chronic inflammation

Conventional treatment is generally aimed at controlling symptom, and in many cases the prescribed therapies must be continued indefinitely. Conventional treatments include the prescription of birth control pills or metformin, ovarian drilling (where 4 to 30 0 tiny holes are made in a cystic ovary), and surgical removal of the ovaries.

Conventional treatment for ovarian cysts and polycystic ovary syndrome often have undesirable side effects, uncertain long-term health effects, and can be expensive. What they do not do is address the cause of the disease.

ALETRIS naturopaths work with each patient to minimize symptoms while addressing the cause of the condition through natural, alternative medicine.