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Do you remember the day you were diagnosed with PCOS?
I remember sitting in the doctor's room, listening to him explain to me what PCOS was and my treatment option. The answer he gave me changed my life. He told me the only way to treat my PCOS was by taking the birth control pill. He gave me no other support or guidance.
I remember sitting there, I barely said a word, but my mind was racing. A million thoughts and questions were going through my mind from ‘What exactly is PCOS?’, ‘How did this happen?’ to ‘What can I do?’.
I had never heard of this condition before. I didn't know if it was serious or just something that will eventually pass.
I understand how you are feeling
I know and understand how you are feeling. When you are diagnosed with PCOS it feels like you are on a never-ending roller-coaster of emotions from confusion, anger, upset and depression.
But I can tell you now that you don't have to feel confused or lost anymore. There is a way to take back control from PCOS and reverse your symptoms naturally, without the pill.
The first step to taking back control from PCOS is becoming educated. By educating yourself on PCOS you become empowered as you discover the tools and knowledge to take on your diagnosis. Knowledge really is power.
Start by downloading 'The PCOS Support Manual' for FREE to find out more about PCOS and what you can do to heal your hormones and treat PCOS.
In the PCOS Support Manual, you will find answers to your questions
I created the PCOS Support Manual because I know how overwhelming it is searching the web for answers and not understanding the medical jargon or finding conflicting information.
In this guide you will find out:
1. What PCOS Is
Surprisingly PCOS is a prevalent condition and while it is called polycystic ovarian syndrome, the 'cysts' have very little to do with the condition. In the guide, you will find out exactly what PCOS is.
2. The Types and Causes of PCOS
It is commonly thought that there is only one type of PCOS. However, believing there is one type of PCOS slows down the diagnosis and treatment process. There is actually more than one type of PCOS and in the guide, you will find out what the different types are.
Now armed with the information on the different types of PCOS, you can visit your Doctor so they can delve deeper to find out the root cause of your hormonal imbalance.
3. How To Find Out If You Have PCOS
You may suspect you have PCOS based on the symptom you may have come across online. But how can you know for sure if you have PCOS?
In the PCOS Support Manual, you will be equipped with the knowledge on how to find out whether you have PCOS or not. This knowledge will, in turn, allow you to visit a Doctor and request the necessary tests to establish for sure whether you have PCOS.
4. The Symptoms of PCOS
There are an array of symptoms, however, you do not have to experience or show all of them to be diagnosed with PCOS. Through knowing the signs, you will be one step closer to taking back control from PCOS.
5. The Risk Factors Associated With PCOS
I am frequently asked by women with PCOS if they should worry about their PCOS if they are not looking to get pregnant, and my answer is always YES.
Coupled with a vast array of symptoms, PCOS can also cause further risk factors. Which is why it is important to get to the root cause of PCOS and begin your healing journey as soon as possible.
6. What To Do Now That You Have Been Diagnosed
In the guide, you will find out what you can do now to treat your PCOS. Two key components involved in treating PCOS are nutrition and exercise.
As the father of Medicine Hippocrates said, "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."
I truly believe in the power of nutrition and how food is medicine. I am therefore a huge proponent in women with PCOS going back to basics and following a whole food diet rather than searching for the best diet. In the PCOS Support Manual, you will find out what a whole food diet is and the benefits.
The guide also explains the basics of nutrition. It breaks down the 3 macronutrients, protein, carbohydrates and fat, and covers why you need all 3 and which food sources are best.
7. How Your PCOS Diet Should Look Like
A big part of managing your PCOS is nutrition. In the PCOS Support Manual, I discuss the popular diets followed by women in the PCOS community. I identify which diet may be best for each type of PCOS, as well as what your PCOS diet should look like, which foods are best to which foods may be harming you.
8. Why Exercise Is Important for PCOS
Nutrition is an important part of managing your PCOS. However, it is only one element to living a healthy lifestyle and healing your hormones. Nutrition coupled with exercise is what will provide you with the most significant benefits. In the guide, you will find out why exercise is so essential for PCOS, as well as the best type of exercise for your PCOS.
It's Time to Take Back Control
While there is no cure for PCOS, there is still hope! The symptoms can be alleviated and managed through a change in lifestyle, which includes diet and exercise. When it comes to our health, we need to be sure we are making the right choices to ensure we are taking care of our body. We need to be aware of and have an understanding of the foods we are eating, but we also need to take care of our mental health. PCOS affects not only our physical health but also our mental health. Our mental state is as important in managing PCOS and it's symptoms.
There is no set or standardized approach to managing your PCOS and healing your body, this can only be done through adopting a holistic approach.
PCOS Does Not Define You
My PCOS diagnosis not only made me change my diet and lifestyle but also my mindset.
I can honestly tell you now, having PCOS made me a stronger, more resilient and funnily enough, more confident woman. Because I chose to tackle it.
PCOS does not define me. I could have let this condition bring me down every day due to the symptoms.
But I didn't and I won't.
PCOS is just a part of my life and that is how it will remain.
PCOS does not define you. You define yourself.