June 24, 2014

Moving On...


Its been just over a full year since I posted on this blog, and some months before that since I posted with any real frequency. The last 18 months have been very challenging, and I wasn’t ready to share some of the hurt publicly. However, one of my three avid followers encouraged me to do so. So,…

So I haven’t really been on tumblr much over the last year. You can ready about why here.

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December 10, 2012

Let's Talk PCOS with a Cup of Tea: Top Ten Tips for Living with PCOS


Living with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) can sometimes be a daunting task. Many of the side effects caused by the disease such as adult acne, infertility, weight gain, and excessive facial or body hair can be difficult to control. Additionally, the emotions associated with presenting ones…

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August 22, 2012

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August 14, 2012

So, I got diagnosed with polycystic ovaries today


I just feel like crying. I thought I was pregnant, but obviously not. 

Has anyone on here or does anyone know of people with PCOS and has had children?, I just need to know.

I don’t even remember what the doctor said to me, its all such a blur right now, all I can remember is that im now on metformin

According to womenshealth.gov, 1 in every 10 women has PCOS and 1 in every 20 women of childbearing age has PCOS.

Ladies, talk to your friends, talk to your coworkers, talk to strangers on the subway or acquaintances at church. Our struggles are deeply personal, but they are often not unique. Sharing your story, pain, and triumphs with PCOS can make a world of difference to someone who feels alone.

Remember…It is about living. Living to the fullest, living your dreams, living with out regret: even if it is living with PCOS.

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PCOS and Nutrition

Recently I have been exploring Complementary and Alternative Therapies for my  treatment of PCOS. In part because I now work in this field, but mostly because I was tired of getting responses from my doctor in the short 20-30 minutes we spent together. Eat Healthier, Lose some weight, take the meds and everything will be fine. By no means am I advocating not talking to your doctor, or following their advise, but traditional western doctors aren’t the only authorities on the matter. 

Any one with PCOS will tell you at some point, some medical professional said you need to lose weight or change your diet. Easier said than done, right. Unfortunately many of us are simply going about it uninformed and the wrong way.

From Natural Therapies Pages. Full article HERE

To improve the symptoms of PCOS and insulin insensitivity, most experts recommend a low GI diet, rich in foods with a lower ranking on the Glycemic Index. These foods prevent blood-glucose levels from spiking suddenly, thus reducing the pancreas’s insulin response. Low GI foods also indirectly reduce blood-insulin levels by controlling blood-glucose levels, reducing excessive hormone release from the ovaries and allowing the body to burn more fat. 

I recommend finding an Integrative Nutritionist who is familiar with PCOS and can help you put together a new dietary plan that focuses on your goals and your struggles. I recommend an Integrative Nutritionist v. a traditional nutritionist because integrative practitioners focus on treating a whole person: including their cultural, spiritual, and emotional relationship with food and eating. This type of and sensitivity is not always part of traditional nutritionist training. 

Check out www.naturalhealers.com for a practitioner near you.

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July 5, 2012


Wanna make your dashboard alive?


Wanna make your dashboard alive?

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June 28, 2012

Learn about 5 Element Acupuncture

I have now had two acupuncture treatments and am really enjoying it. But before I try and explain everything that is happening and what is being done by my practitioner I thought it would be helpful to provide you with some information about acupuncture, Qi, and 5 element theory.

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June 15, 2012

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Hi, I have a quick queston. My doctor diagnosed me with PCOS yesterday, after an ultrasound for something unrelated showed lots of follicles. I've been on the pill for 3 years, so I hadn't noticed any symptoms that people normally have, like irregular periods. I have had acne forever, and have gained a bit of weight in the past 2 years. My question is; because I've been on the pill for so long, can that mask the symptoms of PCOS, so that I didn't notice anything wrong? Thanks xx

Good Morning, 

(Public disclaimer: I am not a doctor or a licensed or trained health care provider)

PCOS is a complicated condition that manifests in people differently. It is completely possible for you to have had the condition before or for it to have developed while you were on birth control. However, Birth Control is one of the most common treatments for the PCOS and often prevents follicles for growing.The root cause of PCOS has to do with hormones and not with actual cysts.

My question is if your doctor made the diagnosis with out conducting any other tests. Cysts on your ovaries are not enough to diagnose someone with Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome. There are several reasons you might have follicles on your ovaries that have nothing to do with PCOS.  If your doctor didnt perform any other tests, I would go back and ask him/her to. If you do have PCOS then your hormones are clearly not being regulated by your current BC Pill and a new form of hormone therapy and possibly insulin therapy should be added to your daily routine. But its important to make sure that you are being treated for a problem you actually have. 

Here is what womenshealth.gov has to say about diagnosing PCOS:

There is no single test to diagnose PCOS. Your doctor will take the following steps to find out if you have PCOS or if something else is causing your symptoms.

Medical history. Your doctor will ask about your menstrual periods, weight changes, and other symptoms.

Physical exam. Your doctor will want to measure your blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), and waist size. He or she also will check the areas of increased hair growth. You should try to allow the natural hair to grow for a few days before the visit.

Pelvic exam. Your doctor might want to check to see if your ovaries are enlarged or swollen by the increased number of small cysts.

Blood tests. Your doctor may check the androgen hormone and glucose (sugar) levels in your blood.

Vaginal ultrasound (sonogram). Your doctor may perform a test that uses sound waves to take pictures of the pelvic area. It might be used to examine your ovaries for cysts and check the endometrium (en-do-MEE-tree-uhm) (lining of the womb). This lining may become thicker if your periods are not regular.


Hope this helps!

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Recently I was ask this question and was asked to answer it anonymously. But I wanted to share the hopeful insight.

"heyy, i just thought i’d let you know that i went for my scan today and got diagnosed with pcos =\ any advice on what to do now because i just feel like rubbish…"


I am so sorry to hear the results of your scan weren’t more positive. I remember how scared I was when I found out.

The first piece of advice I have is talk to your doctor. Talk about what you can expect, talk about the worst case scenario, talk about the best possible out comes and then talk about how to get there. If you arent comfortable talking with your doctor: change doctors or find a licensed health care provider who you can talk to about it. I was lucky to have a doctor I really like plus an aunt who is also a doctor. Find someone who can give you sound medical advice that you are comfortable speaking openly and honestly to.  

Next get pro-active. There is nothing worse than sitting around feeling sorry for yourself. Do your own research and find out what you can do to help the situation. Diet, exercise, regulating hormones, alternative therapies, herbal suppliments, the list goes on and on of how you can treat PCOS. The more you take control of the situation, the better off you and your body will be. Dont stop living either. Remember the name of blog is livingwithpcos.

Hope this helps!

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