Having high testosterone is a symptom, not a problem in and of itself. Most commonly, high testosterone is a symptom of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
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To recap: PCOS is a syndrome that cannot be clearly defined. People with PCOS have cysts on their ovaries, high testosterone (and the symptoms from that), and little to no period (usually because they’re not ovulating at all). This means that while some people may have difficulty conceiving due to PCOS, not all people have that same trouble.
Here are the basic ways to decrease testosterone and boost your fertility:
- If you are “overweight” for your height, lose 10% of your body fat. This is way easier said than done, but one of the only clearly demonstrable things that makes a difference for PCOS.
- Lower your cortisol (the stress hormone) by meditating, taking up yoga or tai chi, etc.
- Consider herbal remedies: Take 2-4 droppersful of Vitex (Chastetree berry) and Saw Palmetto tincture every day. Control irregular bleeding with shepherds purse tincture. Decrease risks of diabetes, endometrial cancer, and heart disease with motherwort tincture.
- Switch your carbohydrates from simple carbs like white bread, prepackaged cereal, bagels, etc to whole grain breads, brown rice, quinoa, etc.
- Increase your Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in: olive oil, butter, full-fat yogurt and cheese, nuts, fatty fish (find a list of fish here), purslane and flax seeds. Decrease: vegetable oils made from soy, canola, corn and cottonseed.
- Remove sugar from your diet. No soda, no cookies, ice cream, candy, no sugar in coffee, no flavored coffees, etc. Switch your sugary cereals for whole grain cereal, or even better, switch to an egg with butter on whole grain toast for breakfast.
- Consider metformin, a medication used to help your cells use insulin and therefore get the sugar they need. This decreases the stresses of PCOS on the body.
If you are not planning on getting pregnant immediately, get on birth control as soon as you can to protect the lining of your uterus from future endometrial cancer.
If these lifestyle changes don’t help, you can use Clomid, a medication that stimulates the ovaries to release eggs in order to become pregnant.
Since allopathic (mainstream) medicine does not have a good “cure” or treatment for PCOS I have turned to the herbal treatments to support the body through the process. Here are some herbal suggestions from Susun Weed’s new book Down There: Sexual and Reproductive Health.