If you’re tuning into this blog, you or someone you know suffers from PCOS. Going to the doctor with a host of symptoms and not knowing the cause can be frustrating. What’s more frustrating is when you get a diagnosis of PCOS (mainly a blanket term for a host of different symptoms) and possibly a birth control prescription. Then you’re released into everyday life expected to thrive with symptoms that are not being treated at the root cause.
Personally, I went to many different doctors, most who seemed to dismiss my host of symptoms (insulin resistance, irregular periods, hair loss, IBS, depression and anxiety). I’ll never forget when an endocrinologist told me there are kids with diabetes who suffer more than I do (which now in hindsight, I can absolutely appreciate -> but she could have been a bit more compassionate in my opinion). That my symptoms are no big deal and to move on. While another doctor told me that if I ever wanted to have kids it would be hard so I’ll probably need fertility treatment, while a third doctor told me that I’d probably need diabetes medication longer term.
To be pretty much dismissed after my 15 minutes were up, to be sent off to everyday life… well just rattled me! I never really got answers or action steps on what I could do to heal my body.
So if you find yourself in this position, confused and shaken you’re in the right place. Not only will this blog help you bust some myths around PCOS but you’ll also find that I am a resource to you. Providing you the right education with solutions.
Myth 1- You must have cysts on your ovaries
FALSE. For starters, the name of PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome is confusing. This suggests that all women with PCOS have multiple cysts on their ovaries. This isn’t the case in most women. While it’s the leading cause of infertility in the states and affects 1 in 10 women at childbearing age, many women will have ultrasounds find there are not cysts (I was one of those and you might be too).
Myth 2- The mood swings are all in your head
FALSE. Trust me, you’re not crazy. Repeat after me. I thought this for years, that I was just someone who was anxious, moody and depressed for no reason. That I didn’t deserve to be happy. I blamed myself and definitely made a lot of people around me pretty miserable with my mood. The hormone imbalances that are going on in your body can lead to mood imbalances. Not to mention, if you’re stressed about what is going on, that only increases your anxiety and the release of cortisol (stress hormone). It truly becomes a vicious cycle.
While you’re healing your hormones, it’s so important to pay attention to the mind-body connection and practice stress management. I love spreading this to women through guided meditations, teaching breath work and providing reiki sessions. At home, you can plug into a guided meditation or use deep belly breathing.
Myth 3- Testosterone imbalance is the issue
FALSE. While, yes testosterone imbalance is very real, resulting in male-pattern baldness, increased growth of hair on the chest, arms, back and face anddd acne..it isn’t the only hormone at play. This all stems from an insulin imbalance. Adopting a low glycemic and low carbohydrate diet will play a major role in healing from testosterone imbalance by directly addressing the insulin and blood sugar. Cut out white flour, processed sugar and keep your carbs complex. Meaning stick to carbs that contain fiber like root veggies, cassava, seasonal fruits and whole grains like quinoa and wild rice.
Myth 4- You can’t get pregnant
FALSE. While every female’s journey with PCOS is different, it’s a blanket statement to say this.There are many ways to implement hormone balancing for a healthy pregnancy or just getting your hormones regulated again to have a normal period. We can use herbs and nutrients to balance out the hormones. Check out The Female Hormone Healing kit.
If you were on birth control and trying to get pregnant once you’re off the pill and find yourself with a PCOS diagnosis but had completely normal periods prior, this diagnosis can be induced by the pill. You might now find yourself with high testosterone, insulin imbalance and high blood sugar, while prior to the pill this never even crossed your mind! The Female Hormone Healing kit is also very helpful in this situation.
If you’re ready to get to the root cause of your PCOS and move on with your life, go ahead and schedule a complimentary call with me below. You can begin your healing journey now! Hope to chat with you soon.