You’ve just left your doctor’s office, diagnosis in hand. While learning you have PCOS can be overwhelming news, there are things you can do to help relieve symptoms, and not all of them require pills or involve side effects. In fact, there’s a new PCOS treatment coming to light, thanks to a surprising study at the University of Oregon: hot tubs!
What is PCOS?
PCOS, or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, is a common hormonal condition that causes metabolic issues, as well as infertility and painful ovarian cysts. It’s so common that PCOS affects one in ten women under the age of 45 and is linked to other health concerns like:
- High Blood Pressure
- Sleep Apnea
The Awesome Health Benefits of Hot Tubs
In a two-week study conducted by the University of Oregon, six women with PCOS were asked to soak in a hot tub for one hour, four times a week. Researchers discovered shocking results as well as a few unsurprising findings.
Hydrotherapy has long been shown to improve certain medical conditions. We already know hot tubs are wonderful for treating blood pressure issues, insomnia, pain from inflammation, and depression — all common symptoms of PCOS. Now we also know that hot tubs can aid in weight loss and may help diabetic patients. “Heat shock” proteins increase thanks to the heat from the spa. As a result, this helps repair damaged insulin receptors and increases blood vessel performance. These proteins also play a vital role in improving insulin sensitivity.
All told, regular hot tub use improved PCOS symptoms for the participants. Some women in the study even reported that their menstrual cycles improved in regularity. If you’re suffering from PCOS, try making a hot tub session a part of your treatment plan. If you’re ready to take advantage of these and other hot tub health benefits, contact SpaExpo! today to find the perfect spa model for you and your lifestyle!