PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Less than 50% of women are diagnosed with PCOS. That used to be me until I met my Reproductive Endocrinologist in April 2014. For years I struggled with many of the symptoms listed below but no one could never figure out why.
- Absent Periods
- Irregular and/or Painful Menstrual Cycles
- Anovulatory Cycles
- Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
- Mood Disorder
- Hair Loss or Thinning
- Weight Gain
- Excessive Body Hair
- Acne or Oily Skin
- History of Ovarian Cysts
- Lactose Intolerance
- Fertility Problems
- Recurrent Miscarriage
I was initially upset the day I found out I had PCOS. However the more I researched and actually learned about PCOS, the better I felt. I had finally found the missing puzzle piece to my ever-changing, confusing body. There was finally an answer to all of my unexplained symptoms.
PCOS is not curable. The only way it can be managed naturally is through a healthy diet and exercise. I’m still learning what works for my body, but so far here’s what I’ve learned:
1. Eat Foods With Low Glycemic Index - Low GI foods break down slowly and don’t cause a spike and drop in insulin levels.
2. High Protein, Low/No Carbs - Avoid processed carbs which provide few nutrients and also cause a spike in insulin levels.
3. High Fiber Diet - Fiber helps slow down the digestion of sugars in the body (broccoli, celery, leafy veggies).
4. Eat Foods Rich In Omega-3′s - They lower testosterone levels (flax seeds, walnuts, salmon) but stay clear of soybeans, they can delay ovulation.
5. Stay Clear From Dairy - Studies show that dairy leads to a rise in testosterone (avoid: milk, yogurt, cream & cheese). Dairy contributes to PCOS acne, enough said, goodbye ice cream!
6. Sprinkle On Cinnamon - Cinnamon has an anti-inflammatory effect and helps greatly reduce insulin resistance in women with PCOS. If you don’t want to cook with it, you can always take pills.
Did you also know…not everyone diagnosed with PCOS is overweight. Around 20-50% of women diagnosed with PCOS fall within normal weight and some are even underweight. This is called Lean PCOS.
For anyone who thinks they have PCOS or recently just found out, you may feel frustrated or upset. Having a diagnosis without an easy cure can be difficult. Don’t ever give up hope. It’s important to know you’re not alone. You always have your Cysters!