PCOS is much more
than about making babies.
As a metabolic and endocrine disorder, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome affects the body’s major systems.
PCOS is more than just about not ovulating, having heavy periods or missing periods altogether.
If you’re solely focused on getting pregnant, you may miss certain health risks that will follow you into menopause. Menopause does not resolve PCOS.
Fertility is a vital sign. Your menstrual cycle is an indicator of your overall health.
If you’re not ovulating, have irregular menstrual cycles, and/or heavy flows, you might…
… be insulin resistant, which can lead to type 2 diabetes and/or gestational diabetes
… have polycystic ovaries
… not be making enough progesterone
… have androgen excess
… have high cholesterol, which can lead to cardiovascular disease, especially in menopause
… have unexplained weight gain you can’t lose through mainstream food and fitness guidance
… have estrogen dominance
… have a thyroid that isn’t functioning properly
… have inflammation brought on by high cortisol levels
… be experiencing gastrointestinal issues
… experiencing hair thinning and/or male pattern baldness
… have low libido
… have hirsutism, or more hair than you would like to in places it doesn’t usually grow
and the list goes on and on.
Mainstream medicine isn’t very helpful in diagnosing or treating PCOS because many of the symptoms listed above seem unrelated. You may have what is considered “classic PCOS” (androgen excess, anovulatory cycles, insulin resistance) and not get a diagnosis because you don’t have polycystic ovaries.
PCOS may be genetic, and it may also be caused by hormonal birth control, stress, diet, and/or environmental factors.
You may be told that your symptoms will go away if you lose weight.
You may be prescribed medication to manage insulin or unwanted hair growth.
You may be prescribed hormonal birth control.
While these are temporary fixes that may provide relief, none of them will get to the root cause of what triggered PCOS in the first place.
If you have lean PCOS, in which you have exhibit the primary markers of PCOS without weight gain, you may not receive any support at all.
And if you’re not trying to conceive, well, you can just deal with the symptoms.
This is enough to make anyone overwhelmed, frustrated, and angry.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
I’m Melissa Danielle, and I take a whole body, whole life approach to reversing PCOS symptoms. As a health coach, I knew I didn’t want or necessarily need medical intervention when I discovered I had PCOS.
With my training as a health coach and full spectrum doula, I made gradual changes over time through diet, exercise, and lifestyle. I learned to track and live in sync with my menstrual cycle and create healthy boundaries in my work and life. Within six months, I’d brought my testosterone and insulin levels back into normal ranges. Within two years I reduced high grade inflammation that was causing bursitis in my knees.
At 39, I became a first-time mom.
But getting pregnant does not mean I won. The journey is far from over.
There’s no one-size-fits-all treatment or solution to PCOS, but with the right combination of foods, supplements, physical activity, and lifestyle changes, you can put your symptoms in remission and become the healthiest and happiest version of yourself.
I show women over 40 how to go from stressed and obsessed fit, fertile, and free with PCOS.
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