Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) at Citrin Wellness

What is PCOS?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal imbalance that affects many women of reproductive age. It’s characterized by irregular periods, excess androgen (male sex hormones), and the development of small cysts on the ovaries (although cysts aren’t always present).

Symptoms of PCOS

01Irregular or infrequent periods

02Difficulty getting pregnant


04Weight gain or difficulty losing weight

05Heavy or prolonged periods

06Excessive hair growth on the face and body (hirsutism)

07Oily skin

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How Can Naturopathic Medicine Help with PCOS?

While there is no cure for PCOS, naturopathic treatments at Citrin Wellness can help manage symptoms and improve your overall well-being. Our approach focuses on:

01Hormonal balancing:

Using herbs, supplements, and dietary modifications to regulate hormones naturally.

02Weight management:

  • Developing a personalized plan to support healthy weight loss if needed.

03Managing insulin sensitivity:

  • Helping your body use insulin effectively to regulate blood sugar levels.

04Addressing specific concerns:

Such as irregular periods, acne, or unwanted hair growth.

Benefits of Naturopathic Care for PCOS

Improve menstrual regularity
Reduce acne and unwanted hair growth
Support weight management
Enhance overall well-being and quality of life

What to Expect

Female Benefits

  • Clearer Skin
  • Mental Clarity
  • Fertility
  • Higher Libido
  • Improved Strength
  • More Natural Energy
  • No Night Sweats
  • No PMS
  • Painless Period
  • Weight Loss

Male Benefits

  • Hair Growth
  • Improved Libido
  • Increased Muscle Mass
  • Improved Stamina
  • Improved Mental Health
  • Lack of Anxiety
  • Weight Loss/Weight Gain
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Our Approach to Hormone Health


What does a PCOS belly look like?
Many women with PCOS tend to gain weight around their midsection, rather than other areas. This is due to a higher amount of visceral fat, which sits deep within the abdomen.
What causes PCOS?
The exact cause of PCOS remains a bit of a mystery, but there are several factors that seem to play a role. These include insulin resistance, low-grade inflammation, genetics, and excess androgen production.
How can I get pregnant quickly with PCOS?
While there’s no shortcut, focusing on a healthy lifestyle can significantly improve your chances. This means maintaining a healthy weight, eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and managing stress. If you have irregular periods, you might not be ovulating and may need some medical help to conceive. One common approach doctors take is ovulation induction medication.
How common is PCOS?
PCOS is actually quite common, affecting an estimated 6% to 12% (or up to 5 million) of women in the US.
Why does PCOS cause weight gain?
PCOS can make your body less sensitive to insulin, a hormone that helps regulate blood sugar. This can lead your pancreas to produce more insulin, which can then trigger fat storage and increased hunger – both contributing to weight gain.
How can I lose weight with PCOS?
Losing weight with PCOS can be challenging, but it’s definitely not impossible. A healthy diet, regular exercise, and stress management are all key strategies. Additionally, some medications can be prescribed to manage PCOS symptoms, including weight loss medications that can improve insulin sensitivity and promote weight loss.
What are the early warning signs of PCOS?
Early signs of PCOS can include irregular periods, unexpected hair growth, acne, weight gain, and darkening of the skin in certain areas.
Is PCOS hereditary?
Yes, PCOS does have a genetic link, meaning it can run in families. If you have a family history of PCOS, you may be more likely to develop it yourself.
Is PCOS an autoimmune disease?
No, PCOS is not an autoimmune disease. It’s classified as a hormonal imbalance.
Does PCOS cause infertility?
PCOS can make it more difficult to get pregnant, but it doesn’t guarantee infertility. The irregular or absent periods associated with PCOS can make ovulation unpredictable, and hormonal imbalances can disrupt the ovulation process. However, with proper treatment and management, many women with PCOS are able to conceive and have healthy pregnancies.
Can you develop PCOS later in life?
While PCOS typically shows up during adolescence or early adulthood, it is possible to develop it later in life. Some women might not experience symptoms until their 20s, 30s, or even 40s. However, earlier diagnosis is more common.
Can birth control cause PCOS?
No, birth control pills won’t cause PCOS. In fact, they’re often prescribed to help manage PCOS symptoms by regulating hormones.
Does PCOS cause hair loss?
Yes, some women with PCOS experience hair loss. The hormonal imbalances can lead to excess androgen production, which can contribute to hair loss or thinning hair on the scalp.
How does PCOS affect my workouts?
PCOS can impact your energy levels and insulin sensitivity. Working with a trainer who understands PCOS can help you design a safe and effective workout routine that considers these factors. Many gyms in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills offer personalized training programs.
What are some PCOS-friendly spas in Los Angeles or Beverly Hills?
While not a cure, self-care can play a vital role in managing PCOS. Several spas in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills offer treatments that promote relaxation and stress management, which can be beneficial for PCOS. Look for options featuring aromatherapy or massage therapy.
Does insurance cover naturopathic treatment for PCOS?
Insurance coverage for naturopathic treatment varies depending on your specific plan. Our team at Citrin Wellness can help you navigate your insurance coverage and explore potential reimbursement options.
I’m new to Los Angeles and have PCOS. What are some healthy PCOS-friendly restaurants?
Los Angeles is a haven for foodies! Finding delicious and nutritious meals can be easy. Look for restaurants with menus featuring whole, unprocessed foods with a focus on lean protein, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats. Many restaurants in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles offer options that cater to dietary restrictions.
Are there any PCOS specialists in Los Angeles or Beverly Hills covered by my insurance?
Citrin Wellness works with a network of naturopathic doctors who accept a variety of insurance plans. We can help you determine if our services are covered by your specific plan.
I’m overwhelmed with PCOS information online. What are some credible sources?
The internet can be a confusing place! Citrin Wellness recommends starting with reputable organizations like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development National Institutes of Health (.gov).
How can a naturopathic doctor from Citrin Wellness help me manage PCOS symptoms in Los Angeles?
Our naturopathic doctors take a holistic approach to managing PCOS. We’ll work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your unique symptoms and health goals. This may include dietary and lifestyle modifications, herbal remedies, and other natural approaches.
Does PCOS affect my risk for other health conditions?
Women with PCOS may be at an increased risk for developing certain health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, and sleep apnea. Early diagnosis and management of PCOS can help reduce these risks. Citrin Wellness can help you create a preventative healthcare plan.
I’m considering starting a family but worried about PCOS. Can Citrin Wellness help?
Citrin Wellness can absolutely help! We understand the challenges of PCOS and fertility. Our naturopathic doctors can develop a treatment plan to support hormonal balance and potentially improve your chances of conception. We can also connect you with Los Angeles-based fertility specialists if needed.
What are some success stories of women with PCOS who received treatment at Citrin Wellness?
Citrin Wellness is proud to empower women with PCOS in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills to achieve optimal health. With your permission, we can share success stories from patients who have experienced positive outcomes through our naturopathic treatments.