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Natural Solutions For PCOS

Understanding PCOS: A Comprehensive Approach to Your Health

Understanding PCOS

Natural solutions for PCOS are achievable if the root cause is known. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a complex and often misunderstood hormonal and metabolic condition. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the endless information and advice online, you’re not alone. The journey to understanding and managing PCOS can be daunting, but with the right guidance and personalized care, you can find clarity and relief.

What is PCOS?

PCOS is a constellation of symptoms and requires at least 2 of the 3 following symptoms to be considered for the diagnosis:

  • Irregular menstrual cycles, >35 days in length.
  • Cysts on the ovaries (12 or more follicles visible on ultrasound)
  • Signs of high androgen levels, such as acne, excess hair growth, and hair loss, which may or may not be seen on blood work

Having two out of the three symptoms does not automatically give you the diagnosis of PCOS because you must also eliminate other possible conditions that can present similarly. These include:

  • Hyperprolactinemia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hypothalamic amenorrhea
  • Non-congenital adrenal hyperplasia
  • Premature ovarian insufficiency
  • Post-pill cycle changes

Once the diagnosis is made, we need to figure out the driving cause(s) for you.

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Common Underlying Causes of PCOS

Although not fully understood, there seems to be a miscommunication between the hormones in the brain (GnRH) and ovaries (LH/FSH) that is driven by:

  • Insulin resistance & blood sugar imbalances
  • High testosterone
  • Physical and mental stress
  • Inflammation
  • Genetics


Determining which of these are a part of your picture is critical to create a unique treatment plan that will work for you.

Common Myths Surrounding PCOS

Birth Control Will Regulate Your Cycle

While birth control pills can help manage menstrual cycle irregularities and unwanted symptoms, they do not address the root causes of PCOS. Without changes to diet and lifestyle, the underlying issues will persist once you stop taking the pill.

You Will Struggle with Fertility

While PCOS can impact fertility, it is important to know that many individuals with PCOS can and do get pregnant with the right approach.

PCOS is Just a Fertility Concern

Often, if fertility isn’t your goal, you may not be offered additional treatments. However, those with PCOS can struggle with a range of other concerns, including fatigue, anxiety, depression, high cholesterol, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, high blood pressure, and endometriosis, which all deserve to be investigated and treated.

Where to Start When Treating PCOS?

A comprehensive intake and lab work is foundational when addressing PCOS.

Once we understand the timeline, the underlying drivers of your PCOS, and your long-term health goals, we can create a plan that incorporates sustainable nutrition and lifestyle adjustments, alongside strategic supplementation.

There is no shame in utilizing conventional treatment options. I just want you to know what else is available and will create a plan that complements conventional care.

Your Journey to Wellness Starts Here

Navigating the complexities of PCOS doesn’t have to be overwhelming. With the right support and a comprehensive, naturopathic approach, you can achieve better health and well-being. Say goodbye to the confusion and frustration of the Google rabbit hole. Let’s work together to find the solutions that are right for you.

We serve naturopathic patients all across Ontario!

Our service area includes:

Ottawa | Toronto | Hamilton | Kitchener | London | Oshawa | Windsor | St. Catharines | Barrie | Guelph | Kingston | Milton | Brantford | Thunder Bay | Sudbury | Peterborough | Belleville | Sarnia | Sault-Ste-Marie | Northbay | Cornwall | Timmins | Carleton Place

… And all small towns and rural areas in between! As we offer virtual appointments, our naturopathic patients have the flexibility to see us from the convenience of their home or office. And we rely on local laboratories (Lifelabs and Dynacare) to complete the testing required to do a complete assessment.

Dr. Midori Barker Naturopathic Doctor | PCOS + Thyroid Conditions

Your Doctor: Meet Dr. Midori

Ready to take control of your health? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Midori Barker, ND to start your personalized journey to managing PCOS naturally.

Naturopathic Doctor with a focus in PCOS and thyroid conditions.

Dr. Midori Barker completed her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Degree at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, and holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Guelph. She is licensed and registered as a Naturopathic Doctor in Ontario by The College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO) and is a member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND) and the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND).

She utilizes lab work to help pinpoint the root cause of your concern and creates a safe space where you can feel comfortable disclosing your health history. It is her goal to help empower you to achieve long-term health that fits your life, is sustainable, and is based on the best evidence. She incorporates the use of nutrition, lifestyle counselling, supplementation and botanical medicine in her treatment plans.

She has a special interest in female hormonal health, with a focus on PCOS and Thyroid conditions.

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