PCOS and depression

Common symptoms of PCOS are anxiety and depression. It’s something many of us struggle with, either as a one time thing or on and off over the years. Mental health is something that’s really difficult to talk about because of the stigma that comes attached to it. Because of that stigma, it’s often quite difficult…

PCOS and milk alternatives

I wanted to talk a little bit about milk alternatives today. We’ve already talked about diet and how it’s necessary to cut out things that may cause an inflammatory response and one of those is dairy. It’s a real struggle for a lot of people, myself included. I thought I would be okay with it…

myPCOSteam

Yesterday (and earlier in the month) I mentioned myPCOSteam, which is one of the PCOS forums I use and which was responsible for opening up this whole world of research and treatment I had no idea about. The site is a year old and has more than 13700 users at present. It’s part of a…

PCOS on the interwebs

If you’ve been diagnosed with PCOS there’s a strong temptation to go out and look for information and resources, especially with an illness like this where most doctors have a sad and concerning lack of knowledge about it. Unfortunately, the peril of the internet is that anyone can upload information to it. I’ve seen “advice”…

PCOS friendly granola

We’ve talked a lot about diet and the things to cut out and so on but that can make breakfasts really difficult. Buying gluten free cereals is expensive and often they’re loaded with sugar to make up for other flavours that are lacking. Add the lack of dairy to that and the excessive prices of…

PCOS and sleep

One of the really unfortunate symptoms of PCOS is disturbed sleep. It’s not bad enough that you have to deal with all the hormonal and metabolic issues related to PCOS, in many cases you’ve also got to do it exhausted. Obstructive sleep apnoea is common in PCOS sufferers. If you suffer from sleep apnoea (known as…

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…