There are a lot of myths and misconceptions out there when it comes to PCOS. There is also so much conflicting information and advice. So, here are 15 facts you need to know about PCOS. Some of them may surprise you and even change the way that you think about PCOS.
Hi! I'm Tarryn.
PCOS Health Coach
I help women with PCOS manage their symptoms by changing the way that they eat to address the core of the problem - PCOS - so that they can live their lives to their fullest, without PCOS getting in the way.
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Sometimes when we look at PCOS research, we're not quite sure how we can take that research and apply it to our own lives. So, in this article, Erika Volk, the PCOS Personal Trainer, looks at some of the latest research on PCOS and exercise and gives us some really practical tips on how we can take this information and make it work for us.
When we decide that we are ready to start trying to start a family, it is so important to get our bodies in the best possible place to conceive. It will make the journey to motherhood smoother and will help prepare our bodies for pregnancy. Putting some of these tips in place now can also help to mitigate some of the risks associated with PCOS and Pregnancy.
We know that trying to conceive with PCOS can be difficult. But there are some key things that you can do before you even start trying to conceive that can help improve your fertility and provide a solid foundation for your journey to motherhood. Some of these things may surprise you but they can have a powerful impact on your fertility.
I recently did a survey of PCOS Diet Support readers and found that many of them struggle to maintain the motivation to stick to a PCOS friendly way of life. I think that decision fatigue is one of the main culprits and obstacles we need to overcome to stay true to what we know about PCOS. Here is how to avoid decision fatigue with PCOS.
So often we feel alone on our PCOS and the things that we are struggling with. But the reality is that we are not alone, as you will see from Kaylee's story. She was alone and felt out of control in her PCOS. But then she found a place to belong and relate and learned how to manage her PCOS.
Tackle the Heart of the Problem - PCOS
The PCOS Master Plan helps you to understand what is happening in your body. But more than that, they give you the tools you need to truly address the underlying hormones so that you can rise above the symptoms of PCOS.
Here is the incredible thing about what you'll learn through the course - the way that you look at yourself and your PCOS will be forever changed. There's no going back to the hopeless sinking feeling that so often accompanies PCOS.
Take the Hassle and Confusion out of Eating Well for your PCOS
Knowing what to eat and what to avoid, how much and how often can be confusing and draining. The PCOS Monthly Membership gives you access to weekly seasonal meal plans, recipes and inspiration to help you eat well for your PCOS.
Remember, changing the way that you eat is proven to be the most effective way of managing your PCOS (even more so than medication).
Avoid Overwhelm and Stay Informed and Inspired with PCOS
Whether you've just been diagnosed or known about your PCOS for a while, the PCOS Starter Kit takes away the overwhelm, giving you the information you need, as and when you need it.
"I have to say THANK YOU for your site and the weekly meal plans. I've been following your meal plan for 6 weeks now. I've lost 10 pounds, my acne is gone, and I just got my first natural period in nearly a year!! I'm so happy, and I'm so grateful to you for helping make it possible. :)"
My dietician, GP and endocrinologist just don't understand, and telling me to lose weight just didn't work. The PCOS Master Plan has changed my life. I made some changes myself last year e.g. giving up dairy, but since starting the course I have given up take aways and started exercising too. I'm still struggling with eliminating the gluten completely, but getting there. The weight has started to come off, slowly but surely. Since starting HIIT my energy levels have increased. If you told me 6 months ago that I'd be walking everywhere and exercising, I wouldn't have believed it. I am not as hungry any more and feel in control. I used to think I had an eating disorder and was a compulsive binge eater, but now I understand what was going on! I have also been diagnosed with generalised anxiety disorder and clinical depression, but I'm wondering how much of that is actually PCOS related! Thank you so much for this course!
Where do I begin. Being diagnosed with PCOS the beginning of this year left me feeling, alone and overwhelmed. Finding you and the The PCOS Master Plan course has opened my eyes to every detail of PCOS, and how to manage my symptoms. I find myself referring back to the course when I need a refresher. The content of this course is easy to read and quite honestly a gem. This course has helped me both mentally and physically, and has given me the tools I need to be successful in managing my PCOS symptoms. I find myself spreading the word of you and your course to my fellow "cysters". I am so thankful for you and this course!
I was recently diagnosed with PCOS at 24. The PCOS Starter Kit gave me not only an understanding of PCOS, but restored my hope in managing it and getting control of my symptons again. It provides endless resources, and information for anything PCOS related. I was drowning in symptoms (irregular cycles, inflammation in my back, rapid hair growth in weird places, weight gain, and NO ENERGY whatsoever, among many more). After the diagnosis, I had very little support from my doctor, other than the Metformin prescription. I had no outlets for support, or information until I stumbled upon the PCOS Starter Kit. It was like the light at the end of the tunnel, the answers to a lot of my questions, and finally a support system I had been looking for. I finally started to feel something I hadn’t in a very long time… hope. I was finally in the driver’s seat of this of this disorder. I started to understand it, and know what steps to take to counteract the negative effects of PCOS. I’m still very new at this, and can only imagine what a year’s time will bring, but I do know that the results even as minor as they were started to show themselves right away.
When I was diagnosed at 17 I wasn't fully aware of what any of this meant. Over the years I have struggled with my weight and even going on diets with other people wasn't enough motivation when I spent months and months not losing a pound. For a long time I pretended I didn't have this condition and slipped into depression. This year I decided to change and I came across this PCOS starter kit along the way. Even though I had spoken to my doctor and other people, I've never understood what I should be eating daily and it can get so confusing looking at the nutritional information on everything. The starter kit has helped and brought light to loads of things - I never thought dairy effected my condition so much. I'm not going to lie, it's been tough giving up foods that I love but since focusing on my symptoms, I've lost 9lbs. It might not be a lot to some but it's massive amount to someone who couldn't shed a pound. I feel better and I love to read your posts on Facebook knowing that I'm not alone. Thank you for all your help.
I'm not sure if you know you have followers in Norway, but you do 😉 PCOS diet support has been a bible for me these last four mounts. I love your daily e-mails. Such good guidance for someone that needs a little help understanding why her body is the way it is. It is a huge comfort just knowing that there's a reason. Why I might feel depressed and why the anxiety might pop up from time to time. There is a reason!!! I'm not just crazy. Yay!! And I am starting to see results. My skin has cleared up. And people are starting to ask me if I have lost weight (haven't been on the scale yet). For me these are signs that things are going the right way. And I am determined to continue on this path. So thank you so much. Keep spreading your knowledge and I will share it with those I meet who also need a little guidance.
It has been 8 months since I have truly taken responsibility for my PCOS. Before that I tried little things here and there but never fully accepted that this is something that I have, something that I can no longer ignore and something I need to learn to love about myself as well. I have spent many years of my life angry and hateful towards myself and my body for having this.
The starter kit and emails were absolutely necessary to me to get the ground work in place for managing my symptoms. The kit because it provided examples of how to start to view food as so much more than a comfort. It was to power and fuel my body. The recipes all sounded like something that would actually fit not only into my lifestyle but that my family would also ENJOY.
I have had small weight losses. It is still a struggle for me but I am not as hard on myself as I once was and I refuse to starve myself and am working on learning to really feed myself like I love myself.
Just want to say how thankful I am from all the information I learned through Tarryn PCOS starter kit. I have made a lot of the changes Tarryn educated me on ,and I gotta say I feel the best I've felt in a long time especially after meals cause I was eating all the wrong things and my skin has even cleared up. I appreciate all the info you shared with me and look forward to continuing to make changes and getting more educated through Tarryn’s diet plan and meals. God Bless.
I want to thank you for all your help and information. I have lean PCOS I am not underweight but I don't struggle with weight issues either. However, I do hold the weight I have on my tummy! I did always wonder why! My main issue is acne. I have tried everything, antibiotics, topical and oral, creams, the pill, I did eventually take roaccutane at 27 which worked..... for a while. After about a year I started getting the spots back. They started at age 12 all over my back, then my chest, then at 19 I developed them on my face, lower third, jawline etc classic PCOS, deep, red cysts, very sore took ages to heal. I purchased some Inositol and I have been taking it for a month. MY SKIN IS AMAZING!!! Even my husband commented! I have been taking your recommended VIT D supplement and eating a lot better, no sugar, less carbs, no gluten, no diary etc,. BUT I feel so much better, I am so happy that my skin is better. I hope we will conceive soon too. Thank you for all your help it really has changed things for me dramatically, the health professionals out there are so unhelpful with PCOS but you know it all!