PCOS - DOs & DON'Ts
I've been working with a lot of women who have PCOS. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS is a metabolic/ hormonal condition that usually results in irregular periods, high testosterone and a women's chances of getting pregnant. It affects 5-10% of women of childbearing age.
Typically in women with PCOS, the reproductive hormones like estrogen and progesterone levels are lower than normal and the androgen levels may be higher than normal which may impact ovulation. As a result of this, a woman may have missed or irregular periods. If left unaddressed, these symptoms may lead to small cysts in the ovaries and eventually may lead to infertility .
While the exact cause of PCOS is unknown, research suggests that Lifestyle and Genetic components may play a significant role.
The symptoms of PCOS may vary from women to women but some common symptoms include:
Heavy menstrual bleeding
Excess weight gain or difficulty losing weight
High blood sugar levels
Excessive hair growth on different parts of the body
Trouble getting pregnant
Today we are going to discuss some Dos and Don'ts when it comes to PCOS:
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1. DON'T SELF-DIAGNOSE: PCOS can be difficult to diagnose as some of the symptoms have a variety of potential causes. For example, heavy menstrual bleeding can be caused by multiple conditions like Uterine fibroids, polyps, certain medications etc. in addition to PCOS.
DO TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR or health care provider to confirm if you have PCOS. Your doctor will do the tests that are necessary and provide you with the information you need to manage it.
2. DON'T IGNORE YOUR SYMPTOMS: If you are experiencing some of the common symptoms like irregular period, weight gain, difficulty losing weight or excessive hair loss, get yourself checked. Symptoms are your body's way of communicating with you that something is out of balance. It's better to know what's going on with your body before it's too late.
DO EDUCATE YOURSELF: Learning about the symptoms your body is giving you is the first step to healing. If you've official been diagnosed, educate yourself about your condition. The internet is a powerful tool but IT IS NOT A REPLACEMENT TO YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER. Don't be afraid to ask your doctor questions about your condition. They are there to help you!
3. DON'T FALL FOR POPULAR DIET TRENDS: There is so much information floating around on Social Media about 'Diets to reverse PCOS' amongst other things. For someone who has been working with a lot of women who have PCOS, let me tell you that there is NO 'ONE DIET FITS ALL APPROACH TO PCOS'. Your diet has to be unique to you and your lifestyle. Read on to learn what to do instead.
DO MAKE APPROPRIATE LIFESTYLE CHANGES: PCOS can easily be managed through appropriate lifestyle changes. Your body knows how to heal, it just needs the nourishment it requires. This nourishment can be through food and other factors like sleep, stress management, exercise (again something that works for you), your emotional health etc. When you take good care of your body, your body repairs and heals itself. When your body is in optimum health, weight -loss becomes a natural side-effect.
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I highly recommend you build a team of health care professionals like your doctor/ healthcare provider, a nutritionist/Nutrition coach & accountability partner, a personal trainer (if need be) and most importantly, your family that will support you through your journey.