One of the biggest causes of PCOS symptoms, such as hormonal acne, excess hair growth (hirsuitism), hair loss, and infertility, is excess testosterone. Most women don’t have to worry much about excess testosterone wrecking havoc on your hair, skin, and body, but for someone with PCOS, testosterone is probably their mortal enemy.
Doctors often recommend that women with PCOS take a contraceptive with anti-androgens (male hormones) or just an anti-androgen on its own. However, consider trying natural methods first. My PCOS symptoms only started when I went on the pill. I am not saying that you should never give it a try, but many women have claimed that going on the pill affected their hormones and fertility negatively.
If you are interested in trying to lower your testosterone levels naturally with PCOS, follow the tips below. Here is an extract from my eBook, How to Lose Weight with PCOS:
When you have PCOS, your androgen levels are typically elevated, which
causes all sorts of problems. If you want to make losing weight with PCOS
easier, then it is vital that you lower levels of the hormone most associated
with the condition. There are a few things you can do to keep your androgen
levels in control, and ultimately promote fat loss:
Consume Flaxseed Powder
Flaxseeds have the power to lower androgen levels, but you can only properly
digest and absorb them when they are ground up. Add two tablespoons of
flaxseed powder to your diet, and it should help lower androgens.
Drink Spearmint or Peppermint Tea
Drinking spearmint tea or peppermint tea can lower androgen levels. Two cups of
spearmint tea a day is recommended, but if you prefer peppermint, drink four cups a day,
as it is less potent.
Supplement with Zinc
Taking a zinc supplement can lower the amount of free testosterone in your system.
Do Not Overeat
I know this advice is standard for weight loss, but it is even more critical when
you have PCOS. While it is okay to not have a calorie deficit every day, and to
allow yourself to eat more every now and then, eating more calories than you
burn in a day will put your body into an anabolic state.
If you are in an anabolic state, it means that your body is in building mode, and
your testosterone levels increase. Therefore, I strongly recommend trying hard
not to overeat, as it not only affects your weight, but makes other PCOS
To learn more about managing PCOS symptoms through diet, download my free eBook by following this link: How to Lose Weight with PCOS. While the eBook focuses more on how diet changes can help with PCOS weight loss, the changes are also affective at managing other PCOS symptoms as well.
Here is one more tip that will help you lower testosterone levels with PCOS:
Prevent Oestrogen Levels from Becoming too High to Lower Testosterone
Believe it or not, when your oestrogen levels are too high, your body can turn some of the excess into testosterone, which worsens PCOS symptoms. You can help your body break down excess oestrogen by eating a lot of cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, etc. You can also supplement with DIM, which is derived from cruciferous vegetables. 200mg a day can really help lower excess testosterone.