Something that you might not know about me is that I have a common hormonal disorder called PCOS.
For those of you unfamiliar, PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and it affects 1 in 10 women. Symptoms vary case by case but include:
- male pattern baldness
- hirsutism (hair growth in uncommon areas)
- weight gain &/or difficulty losing weight
- insulin resistance
- menstrual irregularity
As for me, I’m fortunate to only check yes to a few of the symptoms in the list above – but as you might imagine, grappling with even one or two of these symptoms can be frustrating and isolating.
When I was first diagnosed with PCOS, nearly two years ago, I was shocked. I had never heard of PCOS and the only medical advice I received was to go on birth control to regulate my menstrual cycle. I felt like there had to be more a more natural approach, so I took to the Internet.
What I found was that there is a multitude of women out there, just like myself, who are not convinced that they are helpless to the symptoms of this syndrome. Women, like me, who believe that a delicate balance of diet, lifestyle, and exercise can tip of the PCOS scales in our favor.
From what I understand, every woman’s experience with PCOS is unique and varied. Not surprisingly then, each woman’s journey to healthful living is individual to that person, but that doesn’t mean you have to go it alone. I encourage you to check out the following resources and piece together a plan that works for you.
I myself am on a continuous journey to figure out what works and what doesn’t work for me. Each day, each month, each year is a new adventure. Find what makes you feel healthy and happy!
I for one am so grateful to be a part of a community of strong, beautiful females on a mission to optimize their health. Just check out some of the resources that these lovely ladies have created for us!
What are some your favorite resources for PCOS support?
Listed below are some of the resources that I have felt inspired and supported by in my journey to better health with PCOS. I’ll continue to update this list as I discover new content!