It’s been nine months of trying to conceive and the room is quiet. Thoughts flood and swirl about in my mind as I try to figure out where exactly I am… am I even still me? How much longer should I keep trying to have another baby? Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) has played a cruel joke on me, allowing a spontaneous pregnancy and reasonably (though traumatic) healthy birth. Now I’m left wondering if another child is even in the cards for me.
How hard should I be trying to make work a part of my life that I’ve always imagined?
It’s a cliche, but one that’s apt if you suspect you have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Even though I was diagnosed at 16 with the disorder, there is so much I wish I would have known about PCOS back then, so I could have avoided so much pain in the 13 years since. I know you’ve probably read tons of articles about PCOS symptoms, causes, and treatments. With so much information available in one simple click, the internet has made it easy to become a medical expert without ever stepping foot into a doctor’s office. But there is a reason it takes years of medical training to evaluate and treat ailments such as PCOS. Doctors, if well trained and used properly, can help us unlock the secrets of what is making us sick or off balance. They can figure out if PCOS is the cause of our symptoms, or if it is some other unrelated issue. So before you start self diagnosing or medicating, here are 5 questions every girl with PCOS (or every girl who thinks she has PCOS) should ask her doctor about:
In case I haven’t mentioned it a million times before, I have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). I’ve also probably brought up how annoying it is. Fertility issues, acne, hair growth and loss – you name it, it’s a symptom I’ve got. In the beginning, knowledge of this disorder was either scarce or non-existent. Now we are blessed with more awareness of this disorder via articles, blogs, and businesses geared towards shedding light on PCOS and all of its tricky nuances. While all of these outlets are fantastic, it’s also overwhelming to know where to start when looking for answers and solutions. So I’ve compiled a list of all there is to know about PCOS treatment and management and laid it out for you in a simple, straightforward blog post.
Today I saw the dermatologist, again, for what seems like the bajillionth time. But I’m hopeful, because now I feel like we might be getting somewhere. You see, I have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and for years (13 to be exact) I’ve struggled with a host of frustrating and unpredictable symptoms associated with this painful disorder. The biggest ones being acne and fertility. I’ll write about my struggles trying to conceive (TTC) in a later post (I have an appointment coming up in a few weeks), but today I want to focus on hormonal acne and rosacea.
I’ve been searching, tirelessly, for the perfect nutrition plan to help treat my Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) disorder. However, all I find are lists of foods to avoid, plus reasons why my weight fluctuates, and why my hormones are all out of whack. Which is fine and dandy, but I want something more tangible. I need a CALL TO ACTION. A legit game plan I can follow, consistently, which will also give me the results I crave: stable blood sugar, a healthy body weight, less acne, more energy… Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’re looking for the same thing too.
Well you’re in luck, because today I want to share with you some nutritional gems I’ve been following, which have given me a serious morale boost in the insulin resistant world of PCOS + some ways you can create a meal plan tailored for you and your needs that you’ll actually want to follow and hopefully be successful at.
If I had a fairy PCOS-godmother the one thing I’d ask for is fertility. But that is just my journey. Your’s might be a request for less painful periods, no more acne, better sleep, or to lose weight (I mean, we all want that right?). I know you’ve heard from experts you need to eat better, get more exercise, stop drinking so much coffee, and try not to stress out… Honestly, it’s much easier said than done. Think about it. All of those things don’t matter unless you’re in the mental position to make it happen, which most of us just aren’t yet. Today, I’d like to share with you a positive step you can take towards getting into a healthy headspace, so you can make the changes you know you need to make, and most importantly be successful at it.
Whether you’ve already been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) or suspect you may have it, I know you’re in pain. The disorder is home for a host of frustrating symptoms including, but not limited to…
acne / rosacea
hirsutism (excess hair growth)
male pattern hair loss
excess weight or obesity
In fact, the range of PCOS symptoms is so broad it can sometimes cause a woman to be misdiagnosed until she is either trying to conceive or has exhausted all other options. But I believe you CAN create a healthy life you love, free from PCOS’s embarrassing and painful symptoms, without having to deal with the back and forth uncertainty of your diagnosis.
Today’s post will help you save valuable resources and time by narrowing down which specialists can help you manage your PCOS symptoms. It’s the first step I took when looking for a solution to infertility and I’m happy to report I am now the proud mama of an almost two year old boy.