Diagnosed with PCOS? Here's What to Do
I have been reading your stories online and it has really given me hope.
I was diagnosed a year ago with PCOS and found it really hard to take in.
I couldn't deal with the fact I may get diabetes and not get pregnant.
My doctor told me to take contraceptive pill and I thought excuse me no way! erm, I suppose I put it to the back of my mind, I didn't do anything about it and just carried on.
I have asthma so I find exercise hard. I continued eating like a pig (honestly) because I was very depressed about it.
Now I think I need to change, I know I do but I find it hard to motivate myself.
I wanted to ask did anyone get severe symptoms like 1 week and half before period, i.e., severe fatigue, depression and tiredness.
I almost feel like I cannot move at least 2 weeks every month. I just want to know if I'm the only one, really?
Also I love sugar and cheese and any thing that taste good really
I was reading a lot of u guys cut it down, any tips of how if you're, like, addicted, (I really want to change so bad)!!
Thanks so much guys!
Hi Anonymous, thanks for contributing.
I have exciting PCOS news for you. You can get your life back!! Absolutely.
1) Get a thorough checkup from your doctor. Get a complete thyroid panel (blood test). Low thyroid function is common in PCOS and makes you lethargic, depressed and apt to gain weight.
Also get a vitamin D test. Vitamin D is hugely important for dealing the all kinds of problems associated with polycystic ovary syndrome. Women with polycystic ovary syndrome often have low vitamin D, especially if they are overweight.
2) Find someone who will support you in your quest for better health. Make this person your "Accountability Partner". You will be accountable to that person for changing your health habits. Tell that person your weight and your waist circumference.
3) Tell your Accountability Partner that you will do some kind of exercise every single day for at least 10 minutes per day, for 21 days in a row. I don't care what it is, even if it's walking around the block. Just do it! Report daily to your Accountability Partner that you have completed your daily exercise.
What you're doing here is changing your habits. The only way to change your life is to change your habits.
3) OK, is that now a habit? Now let's move on to the diet.
Get a copy of The Natural Diet Solution for PCOS and Infertility ebook. Read it. But don't try to follow it completely -- it's too big of a step for you right now. Just read it to understand the issues.
4) Start changing your diet, little by little. Fist thing to do is remove all soft drinks and similar beverages from your diet. Instead of soft drinks, drink the approved beverages in the diet ebook. Do that for 21 days in a row. Tell your Accountability Partner how you are doing.
5) Celebrate your success so far with your Accountability Partner and any other friends. You must celebrate your successes as you go along. Very important.
6) Re-measure your weight and waist circumference.
7) OK, now on to something really big. This is huge. Phase out baked goods. That means no bread, no cookies, no muffins, no pastries, no cupcakes, etc. At first, limit yourself to whole grain bread and no other baked goods. Then, as soon as you can, don't eat any bread at all. Instead, you can eat beans, quinoa, limited amounts of brown rice, and -- yes! -- vegetables! You can eat all the vegetables you want.
You are addicted to refined carbohydrates like baked goods. It will be tough to break this addiction, so it's critical that you check in daily with your Accountability Partner and find additional people to support you in your journey.
Get clear in you head that these things are literally killing you and making sure that you will get diabetes. Get clear on WHY you are going through the addiction withdrawal. You are not alone. Appetite disorders and starch/sugar addiction are a big part of PCOS.
8) Don't use sugar or any other added commercial sweeteners except stevia. Use stevia instead, which is a healthy sweetener.
9) Read the ebook for other things you can do.
10) Start taking some nutritional supplements to aid in your health-building process. Fish oil is very important.
There's an online PCOS Supplements Store here.
Remember: Hundreds of women have had exactly the same symptoms as you have, and they have surmounted the challenges and gone on to have families and a full life. You can too!
Remember: "Life is hard by the yard, but by the inch, it's a cinch". Take it one step at a time. If you fall back or fail, don't worry, just pick yourself up again and continue on your journey. Use your doctor, your Accountability Partner, this website, and your friends as a support team and fan club.
Sorry I don't have more time. I can only say that I'm totally confident you can overcome PCOS. You just have to be persistent and patient. You can do it!