PCOS Review Newsletter #82
A free health newsletter for women with polycystic ovary syndrome or polycystic ovaries.
Issue #082 June 10, 2009
1) "Lifestyle Modification" Is a Way to Induce Ovulation
If you have a weight and infertility problem, a new study from Yazd Shahid Sadoughi University in Iran should be of interest to you.
This study divided 348 overweight women with PCOS and infertility into four groups. One group received dietary and exercise advice. The other 3 groups received Clomid, metformin, or a combination of the two drugs.
Clomid is used to stimulate ovulation. Metformin is used to reduce insulin resistance.
The women in the Clomid group has a 12.2% pregnancy rate. The metformin group had a 14.4% rate. The group taking both Clomid and metformin had a pregnancy rate of 14.8%.
The group not taking any drugs but only making dietary and exercise improvements had a 20% pregnancy rate. The study authors concluded: " lifestyle modification may be used as the first line of ovulation induction in PCOS patients."
This study suggests that pharmaceuticals are not your only option if you want to become pregnant. We invite you to explore the diet, exercise and lifestyle recommendations in The Natural Diet Solution for PCOS and Infertility.
Karimzadeh MA et al, An assessment of lifestyle modification versus medical treatment with clomiphene citrate, metformin, and clomiphene citrate-metformin in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome, Fertil Steril. 2009 May 20. [Epub ahead of print]
2) Could Zinc Help with Depression?
As you probably know, depression is a problem that commonly accompanies polycystic ovary syndrome. Perhaps you are taking antidepressants for this condition.
An interesting study from Jagiellonian University in Poland suggests that zinc supplementation may be helpful if you are not having success with antidepressant medications.
One group of depressed people took 25 mg of zinc daily for 12 weeks. The other group took a placebo. The study revealed that among those who were resistant to the antidepressant imipramine, the group taking the zinc supplements reported less depression
If you feel your antidepressant medication is not working well for you, why not ask your health care provider about taking zinc?
You can also find zinc in any high quality multi-vitamin/mineral formula.
Siwek M et al, Zinc supplementation augments efficacy of imipramine in treatment resistant patients: A double blind, placebo-controlled study., J Affect Disord. 2009 Mar 9. [Epub ahead of print]
3) Two Questions to Ask before Bedtime
At the end of every day, before you go to sleep, ask yourself these two questions:
- What did I do especially well today?
- What am I grateful for today?
You do not always have to supply answers of "momentous significance"; you may consider something very simple that happened.
For example, maybe you made a great cup of coffee today. Maybe your spouse made you a great cup of coffee today. If you did it well or you are grateful for it, no matter how small, it's worth noting.
What does this do?
It encourages you to focus on the positive aspects of your life.
If you constantly think miserable, negative and fearful thoughts, you will lead a miserable, negative and fearful life. It's so easy to slip into negative and unsatisfied thoughts, particularly about yourself. Fortunately, thinking negatively is just as much a reversible habit as biting your nails.
Positive thinking has power and practicality.
Positive thinking is not about "pretending everything is OK". It's not about behaving as though you're ecstatic while you are facing real adversity. And it's not about denying that sometimes you may get a rough deal.
Positive thinking is about shifting your day-to-day attention away from things that make you unhappy (i.e., depressed, irritated, anxious, hurt, frustrated) and towards things that make you happy (i.e., satisfied, inspired, curious, empowered, delighted, amused, loving, appreciative).
We all have good days and bad days, but if you invest your energies in the good stuff -- and there is always good stuff -- you will feel much happier. In turn, you will be able to tackle any tough times with more clarity and resilience.
You can take this a step further by checking yourself each time you think a negative thought, and actively replacing it with a positive (or at least neutral) one.
Don't feel despondent if you don't immediately feel different. The idea is to start thinking more positively first, and the positive feelings associated with those thoughts will follow.
You will also find that the things that really used to bother you cease to matter. That is truly liberating!
Thought for Today: "Prosperity is living easily and happily in the real world, whether you have money or not." -- Jerry Gellis
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