Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal disorder that affects women during their reproductive age. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can cause menstrual problems, excessive hair growth, acne as well as obesity. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) may also increase the risk of diabetes and heart disease. 

At Nielsen Clinic (Calgary), we develop a treatment plan specific to your health needs. We help you get to the root of your health concerns by customizing treatment and helping implement positive lifestyle adjustments to help you get control of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

Below are sections offering information for common questions as well as various elements of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). 

+ What is PCOS?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal and metabolic imbalance that can affect a women's health, appearance and fertility.

Many women are affected by PCOS but may not know it as a 2010 study published in Human Reproduction showed that up to 70% of women are left undiagnosed and unaware they have PCOS.

Due to an increase in male hormones (androgens), other hormones that regulate periods and ovulation become altered which can disrupt menstrual cycles (fewer periods than usual), increase acne and facial hair growth as well affect fertility.

+ What causes PCOS?

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) cause is unknown. Since PCOS is a syndrome which involves multiple systems which makes determining the primary cause challenging.

PCOS occurs due to an increase in androgen and insulin levels as well as inflammation. With an increase in inflammation as well as androgen and insulin levels, a women hormones become altered preventing her body to make eggs normally and can cause her to develop an increase in facial hair growth, acne, and difficulty in losing weight.

Presently this is what we know about PCOS:
1. PCOS appears to be inherited (passed through genes).
2. PCOS develops due to an excessive amount of male hormones (androgens); mainly testosterone.
3. High levels of insulin or insulin sensitivity/resistance also occur in the vast majority of PCOS cases.
4. High levels of insulin suppress the production of sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) which increases the presence of androgens.
5. Women with PCOS have higher levels of inflammation inside there body (this is believed to occur due to the increase in androgen levels and being overweight).

Diagnosis PCOS can be challenging and should be done with a doctor who is experienced in diagnosis PCOS.

+ What are symptoms of PCOS?

PCOS is a “syndrome,” which not only affects the ovaries and ovulation but the entire body. The five main features are:
1. Cysts in the ovaries
2. High levels of male hormones
3. Irregular or skipped periods
4. Acne
5. Difficulty in losing weight

Additional signs and symptoms of PCOS include irregular or no menstrual periods, heavy periods, excess body and facial hair, acne, pelvic pain, difficulty getting pregnant, and patches of thick, darker, velvety skin.

+ Self-care & Prevention - PCOS

Diet: reduce carbohydrates and increasing protein and vegetables can improve insulin.

Exercise: excess fat can produce more estrogen which can worsen hormonal imbalance, by exercising you reduce the excess fat which helps your hormones become more balance.

Reduce Stress: stress can affect your hormone and appetite. Take some time for yourself and reduce your stress.

+ Treatment for PCOS - How We Can Help

Step 1 - Listen and understand your concerns: Listen to your health concerns, symptoms, review your health history and check your hormones.

Step 2 - Start your treatment plan to address your main areas of concern: Start your initial treatment plan to address insulin resistance as well as hormonal imbalance by address the symptoms you are struggling the most with: acne, difficulty losing weight, irregular periods, facial hair growth, etc.

Step 3 - Treating your root cause: Tailor your treatment to address both your symptoms and underlying hormonal imbalance (androgen excess and insulin sensitivity) as well as inflammation.

Natural Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Treatment

NIELSEN CLINIC 3R's (Remove, Restore & Recover)

Remove Symptoms


Remove: Start addressing insulin resistance as well as hormonal imbalance by address the symptoms you are struggling the most with: acne, difficulty losing weight, irregular periods, facial hair growth, etc.

 Restore Hormones


Restore: Hormonal balance by addressing the underlying hormonal imbalances (androgen excess, estrogen dominance, elevated testosterone and insulin sensitivity) and reduce inflammation. 

Recover Your Health


Recover: Tailoring your treatment may decrease or eliminate PCOS symptoms and feel better. Recover your health and say goodbye to irregular periods, acne, excess hair, elevated blood sugar and improved fertility.