In keeping with last week’s Monday post, here is some more info about PCOS! I thought I’d share with you some symptoms of PCOS as well as some of the treatment methods. By themselves these symptoms may not all seem like much, but collectively they paint the picture of a genetic metabolic disorder that greatly impacts the life of the women in affects. Some of the most common symptoms of PCOS include:
- Irregular periods. For some women this means their cycle is all over the place, somtimes months between a period sometimes 2 periods in a month, for others this means absolutely no period at all (amenorrhoea), and for still others it means a non stop period, sometimes lasting YEARS.
- Weight problems. Some women gain weight very rapidly, for no apparent reason, and can’t lose it at all. This is atypical weight gain that accumulates around the mid section. Healthy women gain weight around their hips, thighs and butt, your basic PEAR shape. Unhealthy weight gain is in the midsection, BELLY FAT, your APPLE shape. This type of weight gain is strongly associated with hypertension and heart problems. Its important to realise here that women with PCOS are not gaining this weight from overeating, and they are not unable to lose the weight for lack of trying… the weight gain and inability to lose it are linked directly to insulin resistance. It is also important to remember again, that there are SKINNY PCOSers out there!!!
- Infertility problems.
- Hair problems. Excess hair growth, in a male pattern, ie: face, chest, back. And hair loss, again, in a male pattern, mostly around the crown.
- Ovarian cysts.
- Skin problems, like acne, skin tags, flaky skin, inflammation of sweat glands, AN (acanthosis nigricians-darkening of skin, giving it a velvety feel, almost looks like skin is dirty but it won’t wash off, mostly occuring around the neck, armpits, groin and under the breasts)
What are some treatment options for all those symptoms? Well, the most important approach is the natural one! All of the individual symptoms can be controlled on their own, but for a cumulative response diet and lifestyle changes are the best treatment. For individual symptoms that are not responding to diet and lifestyle change, like hyperthyroidism, for example, medications are required. Its also possible that your PCOS symptoms have gone on for such a long time or are so severe that medications are required to bring it back under control. Medications may also be required for women who are pre-diabetic, quickly heading towards diabetes. In the last two situations, the hope is that medication will help to make the symptoms manageable moving towards weaning off of the medication and back to just using diet and lifestyle. The other reason someone might go on a temporary medication is for things like fertility problems. Medications like Clomid might be used to help increase chances of conception. Typical meds for PCOS are:
- Insulin sensitizers
- Hormone regulators
- Lipid (cholesterol)-lowering agents
- Blood pressure regulators
Now on the my Summer To-Do list!!! I’m excited to get started 🙂 Like any good to-do list, it will most likely evolve over the summer, as I finish things on it and find new things to add, so this is just the beginning of the list!!!
- Finish my scrapbooks (I have two on the go right now that need to be finished)
- Get crafting! My craft area is over-flowing with crafts that I haven’t done yet
- Experiment more with my camera and learn how to use it better
- learn how to edit my pics properly and print them all out (I’m WAY behind on that one!)
- Go through my cookbooks and find all the recipes I’ve been wanting to make and ‘clean’ them up to add to my meal plans
- Maintain my blog!
Well, thats it for now! I’ll give updates on how I’m doing on Mondays. Have a great week, take care everyone 🙂
I’m Happy, I’m Healthy, I’m Fertile, ttfn, xo