7 Fact about Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Polycystic ovary syndrome know as PCOS is a health condition that affects 1 in 10 women world wide.
PCOS is the leading cause of infertility in women.
50% of women that have PCOS don't know they have it. It's a tough one to diagnose, with the symptoms being so varied.
I work with so many ladies struggling with PCOS.
So, let's start at the beginning.
What is PCOS?
PCOS is a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age that affects the following hormones; androgens, insulin, and progesterone.
There is a lot of information always floating around about PCOS, so we wanted to give you 7 facts to clear up any misinformation out there.
1. PCOS is Never your fault!
The exact cause of PCOS is not known, however it is believed to be an imbalance of reproductive hormones. The three hormones that are affected with PCOS are progesterone, insulin, and androgens. The three markers for PCOS are irregular periods, high level of male hormones (androgens), and cysts on the ovaries!
2. PCOS symptoms can be managed!
With Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome there are a vast amount of symptoms that vary from person to person. Some of the more common symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome are insulin resistance, irregular or long period cycles, and a high level of androgens. Other PCOS Symptoms are weight gain (mostly in the belly area), infertility, low sex drive, mood changes, anxiety, facial hair, acne on jar line, thinning hair - commonly on temple area, depression and so many more.
The good news is small lifestyle changes can play a major role in managing and even eliminating the majority of these symptoms. If we haven't had a chance to meet yet, book a call with me, I work with so many PCOS gals! I got you. Here's the link to book the free call!
3. Yes, you can get pregnant if you have PCOS!
This is one myth that ladies come to me with all the time. They have been told they won't be able to get pregnant because they have PCOS.
I have news for you ladies...we usually need to get you ovulating, your cycle regular, your hormones balanced and your PCOS symptoms under control. The PCOS Pal program will help you will all of this.
4. 50% of women with PCOS go undiagnosed!
PCOS is a major health condition affecting approximately 1 in 10 women. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is the leading cause of infertility, and can be associated with higher rates of miscarriage and gestational diabetes. PCOS has so many symptoms that it makes it difficult to diagnose. If you think you may have PCOS, keep pushing for answers, asking questions, and advocating for yourself. As always if you need some extra help, please reach out to me.
5. Regular Exercise helps manage your PCOS
Exercise has been proven to help with PCOS symptoms. I see amazing benefits with my clients when they walk, bike, swim and to weight or resistance training. It's all about feeling good and lowing their insulin resistance. There is a big myth that if you have PCOS you have to exercise for hours and hours a day. This simply is not true, 30 minutes a day of a moderate exercise, can produce big positive results.
6. Nutrition plays a big role in PCOS management
Research shows that eating a healthy balanced diet will help you control your PCOS symptoms. Eating foods like whole grains, lean proteins, fish, vegetables, and fruits will help maintain a healthy weight while managing your blood sugar. The Mediterranean diet has always been a fertility boosting diet and it works really well for ladies struggling with PCOS.
7.There is support if you are struggling with PCOS.
There are a lot of support systems out there if you have PCOS. Fertility Blooms has just launched The PCOS Pals Program, which focuses on your PCOS, it's all about lifestyle and little shifts that can make the biggest impact. I look at all areas of your PCOS where you could be struggling like infertility, weight loss, acne, anxiety, nutrition and mindset. We work together to help you move into managing you symptoms, often times eliminating them all together. The goal is so PCOS does not control your life.
If you would like more information on support systems for PCOS, please don't hesitate to reach out. Here is a link to book your first PCOS session with me.
FAQ: A question I get asked all the time,
Do you need to be struggling with infertility to take the PCOS PALS Program.
The answer is, No! The program is about managing your PCOS symptoms. We will prepare you if you do want to become pregnant however that is not the main goal of the program.
How are you coping with your PCOS? Do you need some extra support with your symptoms?
Please, don't hesitate to reach out for help, I am always available for a chat.