By Grace Gallagher, March 22, 2021

Before talking about whether or not coconut oil can help ease PCOS symptoms, it’s important to understand what PCOS is, because it’s not totally black and white. “PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome is a condition that affects women due to hormonal imbalances,” Dr. Kecia Gaither, double board-certified in OB-GYN and Maternal Fetal Medicine, tells Romper. She adds that it’s thought that three hormones are primarily affected: Androgens (male hormones), insulin, and progesterone. Women affected with PCOS have higher than normal levels of androgens, they do not respond well to insulin (a hormone that impacts blood sugar level), and progesterone, a hormone involved with menstruation, may be low in those living with PCOS, she explains.

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