Every day, millions of women of every age and culture look at themselves in the mirror and see something that no one else does. We see that little bit of weight no diet or lifestyle changes seem to be able to fix. The excess oil, unwanted hairs and pimples that just won’t go away.
We look straight past the beauty that’s there and see the girl who needs medication to have a normal period. Or the woman who’s umpteenth pregnancy test has come back negative. And we ask: Why me? Why can’t I be “normal”?
Funny thing is, that’s almost all of us. We just don’t talk about it. And perhaps it’s time that changed.
Turns out, you’re not alone
Over the past few years, doctors and researchers have been looking into a poorly understood and under-diagnosed ovarian health condition, known as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). And we’ve made a few startling discoveries along the way.
PCOS impacts your ovaries and can cause infertility, and it’s usually only discovered when a woman struggles to conceive. But new research says that PCOS can show up at any age and as some of the most common “everyday” symptoms women experience today:
Irregular, missed (or absent) menstrual cycles
Weight loss or weight gain (the kind that you feel you can’t control)
Acne, pimples and oily skin
Excess hair growth
And, in later life, difficulty falling pregnant
Recognise these? The message is: You’re not alone. Research has shown 1 in every 10 women might have PCOS.
What is PCOS really?
New studies show that PCOS actually starts with your metabolism. Researchers realised that the bodies of most women with PCOS have trouble processing insulin, the hormone it uses to extract and store the energy from carbohydrates.
And if your body struggles with insulin, it builds up in your blood and triggers your ovaries to overproduce androgen (male hormone). The technical term for that is hyperandrogenism, and you can probably already guess its symptoms: acne, excess hair growth, weight problems, irregular periods and infertility.
Suddenly it all makes sense. You’re not weird or different. It’s more common than you think. And best of all is that help is available.
What to do if you think you might have PCOS
Now, of course, not every pimple or stray hair indicates a serious underlying cause. But if you’ve really been battling with one or more of these conditions, the good news is you can get yourself tested and know for sure. Your doctor or gynae will be able to advise.
And it doesn’t matter what age you are. In your teens, you might just want some answers about your weight, acne, hair growth and those times you missed your period. Or, if you want to start a family, you might already have some trouble conceiving. Even later in life, if you’ve had some of these symptoms and just want to make sure the insulin part doesn’t become something more serious (yes, PCOS has been linked to diabetes).
Just know, PCOS can be managed. In fact, Lamelle Pharmaceuticals have developed an exciting new product specifically to complement the treatment of PCOS and promote ovarian health.
Introducing: The all-new Ovaria
Using an inspired blend of ingredients, including a naturally-occurring sugar that’s part of the vitamin B family, Ovaria is a brand-new ovarian-health nutritional supplement whose ingredients are proven to be just as effective as traditional treatments (metformin or glucophage) for PCOS, but without any of the side effects.
The naturally-occurring ingredients in Ovaria bind to cell receptors, activating the signalling pathways that regulate thyroid hormones and, most importantly, insulin in the body. This means Ovaria helps normalise blood insulin levels, which normalises androgen and improves the symptoms of PCOS.
The ingredients in Ovaria are proven to:
Increase ovulation rate in 16 weeks
Increase menstruation cycles
Reduce hirsutism (excess hair growth) by 29% in 6 months
The benefits of Ovaria
Improves ovulation to enhance fertility in women
Normalises the menstrual cycle – in case of period problems
Improves insulin resistance – useful for managing weight problems
Improves blood glucose level (fasting glucose)
Reduces hirsutism – used for hair growth problems
Reduces the severity of acne – used for acne problems
Improves insulin resistance, reducing type 2 diabetes risk and its complications
Reduces blood androgens – used for acne, excess hair and sebum
Ovaria is a nutritional supplement that comes in powder form. Choose from two flavours – orange or peach. You simply tear open the sachet, mix the content with water and drink, once per day.
Ovaria contains 4000mg of Myo-Inositol, the required daily dose clinically proven to be effective in the treatment of PCOS symptoms.
Ovaria is available from reputable pharmacies and online, for R350.00. Visit Lamelle’s health store here to find out more.