PCOS and contraception

When writing this post I am making the assumption that everyone reading it is a consenting adult and is fully aware of the principles of safe sex. If you are in a relationship I am assuming that you trust your partner and have both been given the all clear in terms of STDs. I am…

Managing periods with PCOS

This is always a slightly awkward and taboo subject, but it really shouldn’t be. It’s something that happens to half the global population on something approaching a monthly basis and there is no shame in it. One of the really unfortunate symptoms of PCOS is awful periods. And by awful I mean that they can…

My life with PCOS by Bijal Patel

Just like every girl, I too had dreamt of my perfect wedding. However, unlike most girls I did not go on a diet before my wedding. Always a 5’ 5” 120 pounds girl, diets and weight management was never my passion. What was my passion was food! Burgers, pasta, pizza, turkey sandwiches, wings, desserts, cheese,…

PCOS alternative treatments

Yesterday we took a very brief tour through some of the medical drug treatments available for managing PCOS symptoms but there are a lot of countries where these treatments are either financially out of reach of the average woman or just not available. There is also a significant proportion of PCOS warriors that just can’t…

PCOS – medical treatment

How you get treated for PCOS will depend very much on your intentions, location and means. Today I’m going to talk a little bit about prescription medication available from your doctor and tomorrow I’m going to cover more natural alternatives for those who either can’t take the prescribed medication or who perhaps can’t afford to…

PCOS and diet – part 2

Yesterday we talked about insulin resistance and I said that it was only half the story with looking at diet for PCOS. That’s because there’s a growing body of evidence that PCOS is linked to or caused by chronic inflammation in the body. This comes as absolutely no surprise to many PCOS sufferers and there…

PCOS and diet, part 1

The approach to food and lifestyle with PCOS is something that requires a two-pronged attack. Today we’re going to cover half of it and then tomorrow I’ll revisit the topic. So you’ve been diagnosed with PCOS and I can guarantee that almost the first thing out of your doctor’s mouth when discussing treatment options was…