What is PCOS?

What is PCOS? Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that affects a woman’s hormone levels.

The exact cause of PCOS isn’t known. Factors that might play a role include: Excess insulin. Insulin is the hormone produced in the pancreas that allows cells to use sugar, your body’s primary energy supply. If your cells become resistant to the action of insulin, then your blood sugar levels can rise and your body might produce more insulin. Excess insulin might increase androgen production, causing difficulty with ovulation. Low-grade inflammation. This term is used to describe white blood cells’ production of substances to fight infection. Research has shown that women with PCOS have a type of low-grade inflammation that stimulates polycystic ovaries to produce androgens, which can lead to heart and blood vessel problems. Heredity. Research suggests that certain genes might be linked to PCOS. Excess androgen. The ovaries produce abnormally high levels of androgen, resulting in hirsutism and acne.

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PCOS can cause irregular periods, acne, unwanted body and facial hair, darkened skin on neck, under armpits and under breast or excess skin (skin tags), insulin resistance, pelvic pain, weight gain, mood changes, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and raise your risk of other health issues such as high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels, diabetes , abnormal uterine bleeding, cancer of the uterine lining. It can affect your fertility, cause gestational diabetes or pregnancy-induced high blood pressure, miscarriage or premature birth. The list goes on and on.

Geez, as I researched all this it became too real. I have a lot of these symptoms. How depressing! So instead of focusing on the things I can’t change I will center my attention on the things I can. I have started buying meals from Clean Eatz. They have a nice selection and are reasonable in price. Along with eating healthier, the medication prescribed and supplements I am taking, I started walking with a friend. This is just a detour in my journey. Please leave me any tips that have worked for you. I’m gonna try all the things. Positivity is a lifestyle. Staying strong.

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  1. Have you researched any vitamins? I have taken metformin in the past but stopped with my 1st pregnancy. I’ve taken cinnamon. It’s a natural way to regulate your blood sugar. If your having some issues with the metformin maybe you could try that instead? My only recommendation with metformin is start slow with 1 pill and gradually work up to what they prescribed. And watch your b12 intake. Metformin has been know to effect how your body absorbs it. Just make sure your eating red meat. Dealing with PCOS can be challenging 😞

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    1. Gabs424 says:

      Thank you, I will definitely try that. I bought a few different vitamins and natural supplements so I hope that it helps. Is there a particular brand that worked best for you?

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      1. No, I usually just buy cinnamon where I can find it. I think it was at Walgreens. If your interested in natural things check out Medical Medium. He has some interesting things on PCOS.

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      2. Gabs424 says:

        Thanks I appreciate your input!

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  2. Hi. Yeah, I have PCOS too and man, is that a struggle!! Being a working women, with a 10 to 8, sometimes 9 job makes it pretty hard. I know losing weight is crucial, but its hard. Taking less stress is easier said then done. I mean between the office where you have absolutely no control whatsoever, cooking 3 meals yourself as per your needs to cleaning and then skin care and exercise and yoga, its hard. And being advised by doctors to do exercise, eat on time , like trying to get all these things done on time creates stress and then in the end, you are advised not to take stress.!! Like How is that possible?!! Anyways, i went in for an ayurvedic treatment called Panchkarma and its working for me.Unlike the gyna advise where they asked me to go for pills and injections, which wreak havoc in the long run. However, depression is a lot harder to fight against.

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  3. Gabs424 says:

    Thank you I will look that up. I am willing to try anything.

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  4. Pcos sucks! Exercise has helped me A LOT. I started taekwondo about two years ago, I’ve lost weight and my periods (when I get them) haven’t been as bad!

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