What Is PCOS?
Polycystic ovary syndrome, more commonly known as PCOS is a condition which an estimated 1 in 5 women in the UK suffer from.
There are three medical features which will tell your GP if you have PCOS, and you only need two of these to be diagnosed. These features are;
- Cysts on your ovaries
- Irregular menstruation
- Having high levels of male hormones in your body
What Are The Symptoms?
•Irregular or no periods
•Difficulty getting pregnant (because of irregular ovulation or failure to ovulate)
•Excessive body hair growth
•Thinning hair and hair loss from the head
•Oily skin or acne
Is There A Cure?
At present, there is no cure for PCOS, but with careful diet, lifestyle and medical management most women are able to control their symptoms and have children if they wish.
So, How Can I Help?
PCOS, especially in those who are overweight, causes an increased production of a hormone called insulin which increases the levels of another hormone called testosterone. Testosterone is a male hormone and in women can cause acne, hair loss, irregular periods and make it difficult to conceive.
This increase in insulin also means that it is more difficult to lose weight. Being overweight leads to other conditions such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. We already know there is a strong correlation between those with PCOS and these types of illnesses.
By making changes to my clients’ diet and lifestyle, I am aim to help them by;
- Reducing the amount of insulin they produce – therefore producing less male hormones.
- Improve how effective the insulin they produce is – therefore their body won’t need to produce as much.
- Changing the balance of their diet – to help lose weight (without the hunger).
- Empowering them to both understand and take control of their own body.
In tern, these changes will reduce PCOS symptoms and also help to avoid those other health conditions which are linked to PCOS.
Not only this, but I too have PCOS, so I can fully understand from a personal point of view, what it is like to have this condition. If you would like to read more about my story, please visit here.
If you think that you would like to work with me to improve your PCOS, then please contact me and I will book in a free 15 minute call to go through how it all works and answer any questions that you may have.
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