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PCOD - Causes and Natural Remedies of PCOD

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Medically Reviewed by Dr. Deepika Tiwari - MBBS on 12 Jul 2018 - Written by Dr. Weena Krutsawad - MBBS - Grammatically Approved by Dr. Kavita Jaggi Agrawal - MBBS

PCOD is one of the major health issues which occurs in women. Causes of PCOD include presence of PCOD problem in mother and sister as well as obesity. Natural remedies of Polycystic Ovarian Disorder include Cinnamon, Spearmint Tea, Apple Cider Vinegar, Fenugreek, Saw Palmetto, Chasteberry, as well as Fish Oil.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome generally is known as PCOS is one of the most complex female health issues that arise due to the changing and hectic lifestyle of women. It is the most common endocrine disorder in women. PCOS might also be accompanied by other health problems or by a variety of different health issues with women, many of which directly impact fertility or make women infertile. Classic PCOS comes up with obesity, polycystic ovaries (multiple cysts that look like a strand of pearls), absent or irregular menstrual cycle or irregular periods and elevated levels of androgens. Not all women who have diagnosed with PCOS will be also diagnosed with these issues though.

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What are the causes of PCOS?

Doctors are not sure of the causes of PCOS, but information related to PCOS suggests that there are several links between PCOS including genes, possible abnormal insulin resistance, fetal development and inflammatory response contributing to the cause. You should know that insulin resistance plays a key role in PCOS, but what leads to the development of PCOS has not been pinned down yet. PCOS is also negatively affected by unhealthy diet, lifestyle factors, and exposure to certain environmental toxins and chemicals. PCOS directly affects fertility, but PCOS has serious health implications as well, especially if PCOS is left untreated or medications are not continued.

1. Cinnamon:

Cinnamon has been found in supplementation and improvement of the menstrual cycle in women with PCOS. This organic herb can help reduce insulin resistance in women with PCOS. If your period cycle is irregular then try to add cinnamon to your diet to avoid period problems. 

2. Spearmint Tea:

Spearmint tea if taken early in the morning can also help deal with PCOS due to its anti-androgenic properties. It has been observed that drinking spearmint tea can help reduce hirsutism, or excess body hair growth or unusual growth of hair, by reducing free and total testosterone levels and increasing luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) levels. Spearmint also helps with irregular periods or period problems

3. Apple Cider Vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar is very beneficial for treating with PCOS because it helps control blood sugar level and keeps your body safe from producing too much insulin that may develop issues. Less insulin production means less testosterone. With this, it will help you lose weight and improve your health. Apple cider vinegar also helps with irregular periods or period problems. 

4. Fenugreek:

Fenugreek simply promotes glucose metabolism in the body and improves insulin resistance in the body. This helps balance your hormones nicely. Fenugreek may also help lower your cholesterol levels, promote healthy heart functioning and aid weight loss.

5. Saw Palmetto:

This herb acts as an anti-androgen, simply blocks 5-alpha-reductase activity and reduces the conversion of the testosterone into a more active form called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Saw Palmetto may help prevent hirsutism or excessive hairiness in women at unusual places with PCOS. Naturopaths often suggest this herb for treating the PCOS because it helps correct the hormonal imbalance. Saw palmetto also helps with irregular periods or period problems. 

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6. Chasteberry:

Chasteberry is a herb best known for treating the PCOS and treating infertility caused due to a hormonal imbalance. Chasteberry is a great hormone-balancing herb and chaste berry is also used as a remedy for menstrual cycle problem and cramping.

7. Fish Oil:

Fish oil, being loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, it helps reduce androgen and improve insulin sensitivity. Omega-3 fatty acids improve the symptoms of PCOS and help in treating PCOS by balancing androgen levels. With this, including fatty fish in your diet or can be taken once a week or taking fish oil supplements can help you decrease inflammation, reduce the body fat and also fight against chronic diseases. Saw palmetto also helps with irregular periods or period cycle. 

Dr. Weena Krutsawad

Written by

Reproductive Endocrinologist, Gynecologist

Dr. Weena Krutsawad successfully is an infertility specialist who has completed MD from Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, Bangkok in 2007. She has also completed Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Diploma of Reproductive Medicine from The Medical Council of Thailand in 2011 and 2013 respectively. Dr. Weena Krutsawad specializes in IVF, IUI, Reproductive Endocrinology and Menopausal Care. Find more information about Dr. Weena Krutsawad at


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I take Clomiphene on regular basis for my PCOS Treatment, but I don't think its working as I don't see any improvement. Can I take this home remedy with my medicine?

Oct. 10, 2018, 1:53 p.m. 4.5



Unique items are listed in the article, which we don't take regularly. Let's see if it works.

Oct. 9, 2018, 9:49 p.m. 5.0



I can't find Saw Palmetto in the market, please suggest where to buy this? can I order it online?

Oct. 1, 2018, 7:12 a.m. 5.0


Aashmita Nayak

Spearmint Tea or green tea is best to lose weight. I have green tea regularly and I lost weight early. My cycles are regular now.

Sept. 30, 2018, 8:58 a.m. 5.0



Fish oil really works, its too smelly and you can't have anything after its use. It was difficult before but now I am used to it.

Sept. 14, 2018, 10:34 a.m. 4.5


Anna Cruz

I definitely trust apple cider vinegar to work in PCOS for it is useful in so many other areas too.

March 19, 2018, 7:23 p.m. 5.0


Ishayu Sitipala

How to use flax seeds?

March 15, 2018, 3:45 a.m. 5.0


Paras Thakur

I had my menstrual cycles disturbed due to PCOS. I didn't want to go for medications immediately and wanted to try out some natural remedies for irregular periods first. Feels like I landed up on the right page today.

Feb. 7, 2018, 9:12 p.m. 4.5



Is Saw Palmetto really good for PCOS? Because I searched about it on the Internet and it says that it increases testosterone levels and helps in weight gain and muscle mass. Then how is it possible to lose weight and decrease testosterone levels which are already high in PCOS?

Feb. 4, 2018, 11:34 p.m. 4.5


Trishna Sahpathi

I had irregular periods for several months. Apple cider vinegar helped me in regulating my period cycle. It is even helpful in treating other period problems like cramps and bloating.

Aug. 23, 2017, 11:55 a.m. 4.5


Dorothy Perks

Your day should start with a cup of green tea and 2 toasts. You can repeat this in the evening time as well.

Aug. 23, 2017, 11:52 a.m. 4.5


Priya Goragandhi

Flax seeds or linseeds are also helpful in balancing weight. An important measure to cure PCOD. It even regulates menstrual cycle.

Aug. 23, 2017, 11:17 a.m. 4.5

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