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How to Naturally Control PCOS and Balance Your Hormones in Japan

By Anisha Thapa Apr 9, 2024

Did you know that around 80% of women experience hormonal imbalances, with many of them being unaware of their condition? Hormonal imbalance is an ongoing issue that affects most women, generating a variety of symptoms, including irregular periods, heavy periods, acne/pimples, weight fluctuation, infertility, mood swings, insomnia, hair loss, and headaches causing Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). If this sounds familiar, and you, unfortunately, have experienced it yourself, this article is for you! We will look at the causes of hormonal imbalance and some natural solutions that may help to restore the balance.

Causes of PCOS

The majority of women encountering PCOS wonder what the cause of this problem is. Unfortunately, the exact cause is still unknown. There are only several scientific theories that have not been fully proven yet, pointing out obesity, stress, poor gut health, and a weak immune system. It is proven that genetics play a big role in hormonal disbalance, however knowing if that is the only cause of your PCOS is impossible. Apart from genetics, the other potential causes that are very common for the human body can be treated in a very natural and healthy way, but that still requires a lot of effort, willingness, and motivation from your side. Let’s have a look at those solutions.  

Natural Ways of Coping and Treating PCOS/Hormones

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While medicinal treatments are available, many prefer natural approaches to managing hormonal imbalances. Following a few healthy habits can improve overall health and fix hormonal issues. These habits include reducing stress, engaging in physical activities and exercises, getting adequate sleep, having a healthy diet, and taking herbal products like herbal tea or syrup to maintain gut health in good condition while balancing hormones. 

  • Less stress – heavy stress accounts for a wide variety of health problems and interferes with various processes inside the body, hormonal disbalance being one of them. Reducing stress by practicing meditation, calming activities, improving mental stability, and being less affected by certain situations can be very good for your overall health and a big step in getting your hormones back in balance.  
  • Regular exercise – exercising regularly not only makes your body active and energetic but also helps you stay healthy while releasing stress and anxiety. With enough motivation and consistency, your body will become much healthier. 
  • Quality sleep – since sleep plays a vital role in our health, our bodies require a sufficient amount regularly. Many hormones rely on the sleep-wake cycle, hence having a proper amount of sleep is essential for their effectiveness. Traditionally, eight hours of sleep is considered a perfect amount. Based on my experience, I recommend women who have hormonal issues at least get a good amount of sleep. Try for yourself, it can work! 
  • Healthy diet keeping your gut healthy is very important. Include some nutrient-dense foods that offer an excellent combination of protein, healthy fats, iron, and other nutrients, cruciferous vegetables, such as (cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, kale, and brussels sprout), high-fiber carbs, avocados, salmon, tuna, cheese, and fresh organic fruits and vegetables in your diet.
  • Herbal drinks one of the most effective and natural ways to balance your hormones. Some of the easiest homemade drinks for hormone regulation include spearmint tea, peppermint tea, green tea, Ashokaristha syrup, and ginger-turmeric drinks. 

Understanding Hormone Imbalance and PCOS

While hormonal imbalance can disturb many aspects of health and well-being, and the exact causes are still unknown, natural remedies can help restore balance and ease symptoms. Individuals can naturally maintain their hormonal health by managing stress, regularly exercising, getting enough sleep, having a well-balanced diet, using herbal supplements, and limiting exposure to contaminants. However, before making any lifestyle changes or starting any new supplements, you should contact a doctor for advice, especially if you have underlying health concerns or using any medications. With focus and patience, hormonal balance can be achieved through natural approaches to health and wellness. 

Here is a list of a few English-speaking gynaecologists I have visited in Tokyo or nearby that I recommend: 

  • Yamate Otsuka Ladies’ Clinic: I visited this clinic because of my irregular periods, and this was by far one of the best clinics I have been to. The nurse and doctor were kind and polite. The doctor’s examination was detailed, simple, and precise. Because I couldn’t understand everything in Japanese, the doctor tried his best to explain to me in English and reassured all of my concerns regarding my condition and future treatment. I recommend making an appointment before visiting the clinic. 
  • Jasmine Ladies Clinic Ikebukuro:  If you have any reproductive health concerns, this clinic is for you. There are branches located in Ikebukuro, Shinjuku, Shibuya, and Tokyo, so you can choose the place near at your convenience. The medical treatment is open until 8 PM. I recommend making an appointment before visiting the clinic. 

*Disclaimer: Readers are encouraged to consult with qualified health professionals or medical professionals regarding any concerns or issues they may have regarding their health. The author and publisher disclaim any liability arising directly or indirectly from the use of the information provided in this article. Any actions taken based on the contents of this article are at the sole discretion and responsibility of the reader.

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