Changed my PCOS symptoms with diet and exercise

by Lori C.
(Alliston, ON, Canada)

I am a month shy of 42 years old. I started puberty when I was 15 years old. I was finally diagnosed with PCOS at the age of 25. I have always had irregular menstrual cycles (4-6 per year). I've struggled with obesity and underactive thyroid all my life.

For 3 years i suffered from IBS issues as well, until a year and a half ago, i kept hearing about gluten and how it can affect your body over all, so I decided to do some research. I became gluten-free and my IBS issues disappeared right away.

I also cut out sugar and bread altogether and am about 80% dairy free.

Immediately I felt better, no more headaches either and I began losing weight. I went from 235 pounds to 184 pounds.

Another benefit from my life style change is I now have regular menstrual cycles every 28 days for the last year and I also feel myself ovulate every month like clockwork, which I have never experienced in my entire life.

I don't have children and I've always wanted too. It's funny that now after all these years of ignorance and fertility treatments, I can probably conceive on my own.

If I would have known years ago what I know now life would have been so much different. I think it is absolutely critical for people to educate themselves and take it upon themselves to do something about it.

You don't necessarily need medications, you can literally change your body and what it's doing inside by your diet period, on many different health issues. Not to mention gluten causes many issues within your body from joint and muscle pain, to IBS problems, headaches, you can reverse diabetes, cholesterol and high blood pressure.

I can't stress enough to everybody to get educated and help yourself; you can literally change your circumstance and reverse health issues with the food choices you make.

I hope this inspires people suffering with PCOS to know you're not alone and you can change the problems associated with this condition, just do the research and believe in yourself.

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Just want to inspire others
by: Anonymous

I know that my chances of conceiving are close to nil, but it's just amazing that if I am ovulating now and yes, if have confirmed that with tests, such as the kit and ultrasound… but if am no fool, if do realize that my dreams of ever having a child are gone with my youth.

I had just hoped that by sharing my story that women who are going through similar problems realize that with diet alone you can change your health and maybe even their fertility situation.

It might be too late for me but someone younger who does their research might better their chances at conception and that is all I can wish for. It may be too late for me but if hope this inspires others so that it won't be too late for them.

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You have made great progress, but no matter how healthy, the chances of conceiving a viable pregnancy are not great after 42 due to diminished ovarian reserve, as well as egg quality issues including chromosomal problems. In addition, having a regular period does not necessarily mean you are ovulating.

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Congrats on a job well done!
by: PCOS Editor

Wow, what an amazing story! A great example of someone using improved dietary practices to achieve a much higher degree of control over polycystic ovary syndrome.

The 51 pounds of weight loss is spectacular and should give hope to others that improved diet and increased exercise is worth the effort.

Speaking of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and irritable bowel disease (IBD), gluten-based processed foods and added sugars make these conditions worse. A while ago, I reported on how an artificial sweetener dramatically increases the rate bowel disease, which in turn causes systemic inflammation, which in turn worsens PCOS.

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