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Got the Blues? PCOS and Depression

Since starting PCOS Diet Support, I have had the privilege of connecting with so many women with PCOS, all of them with stories different to my own, but with so many common threads. One of the topics that seems to keep raising is head is “PCOS and Depression”. So, I thought that this week we could tackle the topic of Depression and work out if a PCOS diet can also help with this more hidden and sneaky symptom.
Before we all get too depressed (excuse the pun!) with this topic, let me suggest a cup of spearmint tea to raise your spirits and lower your testosterone. We are going to find the silver lining so bear with me.

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As you may know, I went off birth control in 2009 in the hopes of conceiving. For at least 4 or 5 months after stopping the pill and before I was diagnosed, I went into a deep depression. There was no colour to my days and I was living in survival mode, going through the motions from one day to the next. My marriage started to suffer as I didn’t find any joy in my marriage, my family or my work.

Before I was diagnosed with PCOS, I went into a deep depression.

I didn’t even realize that I felt as bad as I did. Things finally reached breaking point and I needed some answers. That’s when my research began. As I investigated PCOS further, I knew that I was depressed and I needed help. I will never forget that feeling of hopelessness and despair.

Being diagnosed with PCOS, although devastating, also gave me an action plan. I knew the nature of the beast and I could then find the best means for controlling it. As I made diet and lifestyle changes, my mood began to improve and stabilize. Don’t get me wrong, I still sometimes wake up irritable (and by irritable, I mean I can have a super short fuse, especially with hubby – he deserves a medal! )for no reason but those days are few and far between now.

Let’s have a look at some the research about PCOS and Depression.

Research:

It seems that there is a strong link between androgen excess, insulin resistance and depression. One study found that women who suffer the symptoms of androgen excess (which are pretty much the symptoms of PCOS) are more likely to struggle with depression than women without PCOS. (1) They also found that carbohydrate craving, excess hair and weight gain impact on our well-being and interfere with daily life – I could have told them that!

Health2Another article I thought was really interesting explores the link between depression and insulin resistance. (2) We know that PCOS is primarily thought to be an endocrine disorder with irregularities in insulin and carbohydrate processing. Not all women with PCOS are insulin resistant but many of us are. So, if you do have insulin resistance, you are also more likely to suffer from depression or mood disorders.

So, the bottom line is that if you are suffering from depression with PCOS, you are not alone and it is not all in your head. Depression is another facet to this multi-faceted syndrome.

Now that we’ve established that depression in indeed linked to PCOS, let’s look at how we kick it in the butt so that we can live the life of joy, colour and sunshine we are meant to live.

Before getting into specifics, I want to share with you a story of a woman who suffered from severe depression. She also had untreated PCOS. She was on anti-depressants for a year and saw little improvement in her mood. Her mood only normalized when her PCOS was treated and she remained stable even when she stopped taking anti-depressants.

The moral of the story is that it is important to treat your PCOS. I’m not saying that you should not take anti-depressants if you are depressed – you need to be led by your doctor (remember that I am not a doctor and you need to seek medical help if you are suffering from depression). I am saying that treating your PCOS may hold an invaluable key to overcoming your depression.

Lifestyle changes

Lifestyle changes is often recommended as the first course of treatment in the management of PCOS. By lifestyle changes, we often refer to a change in diet and more regular exercise. Well, lifestyle changes have also shown to have a significant improvement on mood and depression in women with PCOS. One study found that if women followed a PCOS diet and exercised, they would see a significant improvement in their mood as well as other symptoms of PCOS (4)

Diet

There it is again! Somehow diet seems to be the foundation of any sort of intervention! Well, you see, if we can lower insulin levels and improve insulin sensitivity; we should be able to improve androgen levels. This will lead to improvement in all of our PCOS symptoms, including depression.

Here’s another thing you may find interesting: recent research has shown that following a low carb, high protein (LCHP) diet improves mood significantly more than following a low protein, high carb (LPHC) diet (5) The researches divided women in to two groups, one following LPHC diet and the other following a LCHP diet. The women followed the diet for 16 weeks. What is key here is that neither group lost weight so improvement in their mood wasn’t down to that. Maybe it had to do with the fact that insulin levels tend to be lower and more manageable on a high protein, low carb diet?

Supplements

pcos and depression supplementsI seem to keep coming back to the same supplements and I’m not going to rehash them here. Let’s just summarise:

Omega 3 – has been shown to lower testosterone in women with PCOS and improved testosterone levels = improved mood.
Inositol – Important for the metabolism of glucose and women have shown improve insulin sensitivity and decrease in free testosterone levels.

Vitamin D – The sunshine vitamin is important in insulin sensitivity and mood. (6)

Along with the supplements mentioned above, my supplement regime also includes Calcium, folic acid and chromium.

I have to say that since eating a good PCOS diet and taking regular supplements, I don’t battle depression the way that I once used to and my mood is much more stable. I still need to work on doing more exercise to improve my PCOS symptoms even more.

If you are suffering from PCOS and depression, it really may be worth your while changing your diet and making sure you’re doing some exercise, as well as taking your supplements. It is possible to find your spring in your step and see colour in your days!

If you have suffered from depression, like I have, and have managed to overcome it, I’d love to hear what you did that worked for you. As always, just leave me a comment below!

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Tarryn Poulton is a PN1 Certified Nutrition Coach and PCOS expert who has been a leader in the online PCOS space for over 8 years. Tarryn has the support of leading clinicians from around the world who support her scientific approach to understanding and talking about PCOS this includes all medical journals and ongoing research. You can read more about Tarryn and the team here.

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  1. I’m a bit of a weird case because after years of irregular periods and terrible pains, and doctors who didn’t think anything was wrong, I finally had a doctor say I had “Suspected PCOS” after an ultrasound showing about 7 cysts on one ovary. She said I wouldn’t be able to have kids. I then changed my diet and got pregnant without trying after like 2 weeks, so just assumed her diagnosis was wrong and that I didn’t actually have PCOS. Now I have a 1-year old baby and my periods are pretty regular as long as I cut out most sugar, but if I am I eating badly I just don’t get any periods. I get constantly tired and overwhelmed and sudden bouts of depression every few days. I get horrific hunger pains before bed and sometimes can’t sleep because of it – even if I’ve eaten well and had a big dinner or snacks. Even if I eat heaps of protein. It only goes away if I eat bread, and I don’t even like bread! I’m not overweight but I’m finding the extra baby weight much much harder to shake than most mums I know. Don’t know if that’s related.
    I guess I’m just confused about whether I have ‘real’ PCOS or not since I seem to have some symptoms but not the major ones e.g. infertility or being overweight. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance!

    1. Recently I shifted to a new country after marriage. I left my job after marriage.Depression started just after shifting to a new place.Though I was diagnosed pcos 4 years back, after taking medication I was all fine. But pcos is back. I always cry for no reasons. Tears just roll down for each and everything followed by headache.vey difficult to control emotions. Though I’m taking medicine, periods are normal, still I have mood swings. Very frustrated. Life is getting ruined with Pcos.

    2. If you have a suspicion that you have PCOS, go and have blood tests and an ultra sound and the Dr will be able to tell you right away if you have PCOS

  2. Hey ladies. I have really been suffering lately with my moods and feeling down all the time… This explains a lot! xxx

  3. You’re not alone i feel exactly the same! I’am 21 and i have been diagnosed with pcos a year ago. Same, cysts only on left ovary. No insulin resistance. My self esteem has rocked the bottom. When i first found out i cried really hard and didn’t know if i cried because all this time i thought i was worthless or it’s because i’am doomed with a non curable disease. I have dark skin around my neck, under breasts between legs, elbows and knees. My hair is getting thiner. My facial hair grows every 2-3 days. Over-weighted and depressed. Even though i cover these problems really really well i’am always feeling weak inside. Not to mention my problems about my weight. I alaways thought the other girls were just prettier and had better skin, hair, body than me. Know that i know why i feel guilty about being so hard on my self. My still no happy about how i look. On the last 5 years i tried more than 25 diet. Couldn’t get my self to stick with one of them. And every time i lost wheight i would regained it all again in mateer of months. I feel really depressed!!!!

    1. Excuse me for the grammar i wrote it really fast and now that i’am re-reading it i can see that this post could really use some ENGLISH POLICE help ??.

  4. I am 17 years old and I have been diagnosed with PCOS although it was not a definite diagnosis as my symptoms are not clear … Apparently. I have researched this condition so much, and all I read is people struggling with the weight side of it. Which must be hard. Although I read so little of the hair side. I feel so alone. And depressed. I have always been hairy from a young age, I don’t have dark hair or from a commonly hairy ethnicity. Yet I have hair on my body that is course and impossible for me to manage. Nothing works. I shave and my skin gets irratAted and the hair is still visible. I am young and feel so disgusting . I hate writing these. I hate acting as the victim. What do I do though? Nothing works. I have been on the strongest type of pill I can’t remember what one. I used it for 3 months and nothing worked. I didn’t even gain weight. I am trying laser at the moment. So far it hasn’t made much difference. I just want to know if anyone else is in the same position. I feel like the people with pcos are a community online that are detached from the real world

    1. There are a couple of different anti-androgen medications that an OBGYN or other physician can prescribe. One of them is called Spironolactone which blocks androgens (male hormones). It’s normal and healthy for a woman to have some male hormones like testosterone in her body. However,with PCOS the level of male hormones often becomes higher than normal and leads to excessive body hair in areas where men typically grow coarse hair/ more hair such as the chin, chest etc. I hope you get this message and that it is helpful to you. I am suffering from excess facial hair and actually losing hair on my head because of excess male hormones and was just prescribed Spironolactone today. I was told that it should help reduce the amount of oil that my skin produces within a few weeks (because I suffer from acne) and that it would take slightly longer to help with excess facial hair and thinning of hair on my scalp but that it would help by blocking some of the male hormones. There is hope. 🙂

    2. Hey Kelly,

      I am 23 years old and I was diagnosed with PCOS 3 years ago. I completely understand what you are going through. The hair that grows on my face has become so hard to manage that I never put my hair up anymore so that it covers my face. I don’t like going out and its hard for me to get close to people because I fear that they will see how hairy I am. my hair on my head has also started thinning. I often feel so down and depressed because I feel like I am less of a woman. I feel isolated and although I’ve got family and friends who support me I feel that no one really understands what I go through. Waxing does not work anymore and tweezing has left dark scars on my face. I have however bought an epilator which makes the hair easier to manage, this however is not a permanent solution, but it does help. I am sorry that I have no solution to this but I do hope you know that you are not alone in your struggles
      xoxo

      1. I know exactly how you feel. The hair is embarrassing. I used electrolysis, waxing, and laser. Nothing worked. I went to the doctor to find out what was going on, and she gave me a referral to an endocrinologist. It was such a help. I have been on Spironolactone for the past year and it has made a huge difference. I used to get it on my chest, stomach and face. Now I just get it on my face, but its not as noticeable as it once was. Don’t get me wrong, using an electric shaver is not exactly what I want to be doing, but it works better than anything else. I have recently been feeling bouts of depression and anxiety. At first I thought it was seasonal, but after reading it looks like its part of the PCOS. I still need to get that looked at. But I recommend you getting your doctor to send you to a specialist. It would be a game changer for you. We’re all in this together 🙂

  5. I’m so relieved to have found this site. I’ve been reading all these posts and I don’t feel nearly as alone as I did before.

    I’m 22 years old and only weeks ago I got confirmation of PCOS. When I was 18 I have two internal ultrasounds done for different reasons and they found some cysts, I was told then that “it’s unlikely to be PCOS. They will go away on their own.”

    The thing is that even though other than being over weight I have none of the other symptoms but something always just felt wrong, maybe I sound crazy but it just didn’t sit well. It’s taken me 4 years to convince the doctors to send me another scan. Eventually a couple of weeks ago I had a scan done. The doctor that did it told me there and then there was no sign of PCOS I left the hospital relieved. Three days later my doctor called me to make a telephone appointment with them four days later. When I finally spoke to her on the Friday my heart almost dropped out of my stomach.

    She confirmed the results were positive, I have several cysts on my left ovary, just the one ovary which she said is strange (does anyone else have this?) she told me it may well affect my ability to have children and that she won’t help me because I’m overweight. I swear at this moment, it felt like my whole world fell down around me. I’ve always suffered from being overweight but last year I dropped two dress sizes (she told me this was a “half decent starting point”.)

    I’ve always suffered from depression reasonably badly, on and off of mess, last year I had several (6) deaths in the family and ended up in months of therapy. In January this year I came out of it on the bright side, not fixed but better and yet it feels like this is taking me down again. I was so proud of my weight loss and she made it out to be nothing. I was devastated. My boyfriend thinks maybe I should get a second opinion but I’m too scared to hear “you’re overweight” again. I’m trying but it’s so hard and I feel like I’m ruining my boyfriends future to. This year hasn’t been kind to us, he’s just been diagnosed with chrons, so I don’t like to pull him to deep into how I’m feeling. I just wanted some advice, I haven’t told anybody this much.

    Just feeling a little lost. Has anyone else been refused help?

    Jessica ❤️

    1. Hi Jessica!!!
      You and I are alot alike!! I am 23 years old and I was just diagnosed with PCOS last week. I also only have cysts on one of my ovaries, and I am not insulin resistant. At first, my doctors said it wasn’t PCOS, but then after blood work and 2 ultrasounds, they confirmed it. She said that i am an extremely strange case of it, but i in fact have it.
      I am also overweight, (about 70 pounds) and my doctor actually told me that this is due to the PCOS. She put me on medication that is supposed to help with my weight, and she also said that as soon as my hormone levels are even again, i should start to lose weight as well. I really think you should get a second opinion!!!!!! Without a doubt! The fact that they refuse to treat you is not okay, especially being that they know that something is wrong!! Please just know that you are not alone, and that there are people out there who are more than willing to help you. I got lucky enough to find it on my first try. Just keep pushing for answers and help and i promise that you will get them!!!
      Keep your head up girl. You’re not alone in this!!! i promise!!
      <3
      Samantha

      1. Samantha, Thankyou so much for your reply. It was like a bright light in a dark room. I’m sorry to hear about your story, I don’t understand why so much testing is needed to find it? But you’re right our stories are very much alike. Thankyou for the push in the right direction, I think if my boyfriend knew he’d be thrilled to know that you also think a second opinion is a good idea. I will look into it, I’m still feeling a bit mentally wounded still but I’m feeling better now. My self confidence took a pretty big dip again but proudly I posted a few selfies recently, several today and I’m seeing a brighter side although I know it’s only a good day, the bad days still come. I wonder perhaps (please don’t think I’m creepy or weird) we could exchange Facebook information (if you have it) so that I could follow your journey.

        I honestly cannot Thankyou enough for your reply, it really has lifted my spirits.

        In case you do with take up my offer of staying in touch… My Facebook name is: Jessica Winky Chapman.

        Thankyou so much.

        Jessica ❤️

          1. Use progesterone oil. Youngliving.Com has a wonderful one. Take adaptogens. Order from natlong.com/mredinger Adaptogens help balance hormones.

  6. So, this is a great article with a lot of helpful information. The problem I have is that when one is depressed, it is REALLY hard to stay on a diet. Plus, the meds I was put on to treat my insulin resistance (which helped me lose weight and have more energy) actually seem to make me averse to certain healthy foods — like chicken, for example. I’m going to try adding in some more supplements (I’m already taking Vit D and Calcium and I have the omega 3s, but can never remember to take them!) So, I’ll look into inositol to see if that’s something that can help me. Maybe if I can get to a point where I feel a bit more stable, then I can work on my diet more.

  7. I am 16 years old and was diagnosed with PCOS about 2 years ago. Since then my parents have made me visit three gynecologists. The second one had put me on medication and fixed me a diet with very strict rules, I lost 10.5 kilos(23 pounds) since then, but I just can’t bring myself to exercise anymore, my diet is not so settled anymore either, i end up eating junk foods and sweets sometimes. I feel a pressure to lose weight and then become even more discouraged. My period isn’t regular even now and I think I might have endometriosis. Do i really need to lose more weight?

    1. You should talk to your gynecologist about your concerns about endometriosis. They can also recommend a endometriologist if you are diagnosed. I have PCOS and simply endometric hyperplasia. Catching it early will be key to preventing other long term health issues. I’m 39. I was diagnosed 5 yrs ago. Your catching it early at 16. That’s good. As for your diet, don’t beat yourself up about it. Talk to you doctor about your concerns and let them know you are having trouble with the strict diet. Maybe they can make adjustments that will help you. Be strong. I know it can be frustrating, but you are not alone. 🙂

      1. Wendy,
        My name is Sara. I am 41 with 4 kids. I was diagnosed with PCOS about 3-4 years ago. I chose you to respond to simply because you are close in age. I went for years when the only person that believed that there was something wrong and the hair growth on my face was a real thing. My ex husband
        It took at least seven years to be diagnosed. I

        1. That post was not done but somehow posted.
          I will finish and repost. I did the iPhone update snd my Phone just flipped to’ Spanish.

  8. Hi Tarryn,

    Thanks for the blog. try to follow from tomorrow, suffering from depression a lot since few months, and more during cycle.

    taking pills for pcos since 3months.

    will try to follow your diet , and may god bless me and give me strength , depression doesn’t allow me even to do small work.. it makes me sit idle whole day…

    thanks …. will follow ur advice…

  9. I was diagnosed with PCOS in November 2012, and it hasn’t been getting any easier for me. I’ve lost around 50lbs since then, but my mood hasn’t gotten any better. It has actually gotten worse day by day. My recent blood tests show that my testosterone levels got a little better, but my depression has gotten worse. I cry like a baby sometimes, as if someone has passed away, for no reason. In my opinion, this is the worst symptom that PCOS causes in my life. I do not recognize myself anymore, I don’t know who I am, I have lost my identity, my spirit is gone. I need help, I live a healthy lifestyle, but it’s not helping. I don’t believe in taking antidpressants because of all the side effects. I’m not sure what else there is to do about this….

    1. Mary you sound like I felt not so long ago! It’s so frustratingly hard when u don’t feel like yourself and don’t know why your sad all the time. I myself don’t believe in drugs for depression either. What has helped my life improve greatly are adaptogens. Google them. Study them. The adaptogens I take come from a company called natural longevity. There are many testimonies on these adaptogens here: http://www.adaptogeninfo.com and for more info or to order some go here: natlong.com/mredinger

      1. Thank you Melanie, some days are great, I feel like myself again, some days are horrible like yesterday and today. I workout regularly which helps, but since my uncles passing in February, I haven’t been myself and I haven’t been able to workout. I’m in a funk and it’s absolutely draining. I just came back from the gym, it didn’t help, I’ll try my yoga DVDs today as well, see what happens. I’ll look into those, thank you. I’m a Biologist so I should like medicine, but I hate it lol.

        1. No problem Mary, adaptogens also help improve endurance for exercising. Olympic athletes use adaptogens. They are used for many things. Adaptogens are non specific meaning they will help to heal whatever needs healing in the body.

  10. Hi girls, I’ve just had my results back today and been diagnosed with Pcos, I’ve just turned 31 and have a Daughter 13 and Son 11, I started trying for a baby 5 years ago with my partner of 7 years to be honest I was like if it happens it happens but as the years have went on I though I wonder if something’s wrong.(long time I know! ) So last month when I went for my cervical smear I mentioned it to the nurse and that got the ball rolling the doctor game me an internal examination said all seemed normal then I was sent for a ultrasound and transvaginal scan. Sat in the doctors surgery today he said he was shocked to hear that’s what I have as I’m not overweight, I’m under weight! Desperately trying to gain some! I don’t have any symptoms at all apart from the Infertility and depression that is a big issue for me I’ve suffered in silence with this thinking what is wrong with me? Why do I feel so low? Was cancelling days out with friends, some days I didn’t feel like going to work and I love my job! Like a deep hole some days I feel better that others. In summer I feel totally different so happy I wondered if I was suffering with SAD in the winter. I have read everyone of your stories and I’d just like to say I wish you all the best and now we know we are not alone in feeling this way. Positive thinking is our way forward girls not let it get us down!

  11. Hi Taryn, and thanks in advance for the time you spend helping all the rest of us.
    I am feeling a bit overwhelmed and would love some advice. I am 40. I have been a vegetarian since I was approximately 10 years old. In the last few years, I’ve been diagnosed with PCOS – I’m one of those having trouble with weight, a very low thyroid, an anxiety disorder, and IBS. This IBS has caused my stomach lining to disappear, which recently resulted in an ulcer.
    I cannot take the meds the endo recommends for PCOS because I only have one kidney. I never feel good. I’m gung-ho to do something to heal myself, but it seems that I’m boxed in, nutritionally speaking, by all these different problems.
    PCOS removes dairy, gluten, refined carbs, sugar, and high GI foods from my diet, IBS removes many of the low GI fruits and veggies, low GI syrups and sugars, chocolate, as well as anything with fibre, like beans and lentils and a few nuts and seeds, and the vegetarianism removes all meat. Because my stomach lining is gone, I am unable to tolerate tomatoes, spices, coffee, lemon, ect.
    I have managed to bring fish into my diet, just this past year, and I do eat organic, cage free eggs, but my protein options are limited. I have been watching your video series and have learned that I ought to be pairing protein and fats with my carbs.
    Would you be able to provide me with some direction in this, since my options are so limited? for example, is half a boiled egg enough protein to go with a serving of 100% buckwheat pasta?
    I have been buying sprouted tofu, to make pudding/fake yogurt and to put into my berry smoothies. Is sprouted tofu acceptable?
    I look forward to hearing from you. I’m finding it tricky to find information that addresses all my health issues.
    Again, thank you. I can sure use any advice or suggestions you can offer!

    Heather

  12. I recently found out I have PCOS and before that I had depression (undiagnosed though). I also had episodes of panic attacks, has anyone here experienced panic attacks with PCOS? A few minutes after my attacks, I would end up crying and wondering what was wrong with me I even developed a fear of sleeping with lights closed. It’s very frustrating. I have been feeling nauseous recently and feel bloated thus decreasing my appetite. I have also been experiensing mild discomfort on my right lower abdomen.I’m a bit at ease now that I know that I am not alone. I hope we get to help each other. :))

  13. its bittersweet to read all of your comments. I can relate to each and everyone of you. I have a hard time even looking into any treatment because i am so embarrassed to even talk about it with my physician. i could feel sick and still wont go to the doctor just because i want to avoid the talk of pcos. i wish it would just go away. 🙁 how did u all do it/? I wish i had the guts to go in and talk about it with my physician but i feel like id just cry and get nowhere with it or id be looked at like such a moron. you all deserve all the props in the world. <3

  14. I LOVE this site! I have struggled a lot with being diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome at a young age (16 now 21)and often feel depressed at all of the effects of having this so young and all the future complications (infertility, cancer, diabetes etc). It’s nice to see a community of people who have had such similar thoughts and issues. I often feel dismissed when I am upset by these issues as all of my friends are young, healthy and fertile and have never had to think of such problems and future complications. Thanks for all the support <333

  15. I have just started on my journey to healing with Pcos, and let me tell u its not been an easy 4 years. 4 years ago I gave birth to my (thankfully healthy son and since then I’ve had 7 miscarriages. A painful and frustrating and depressing 4 years. The doctors never knew what my problem was and even told me I didn’t have Pcos just because I don’t have cysts on my ovaries! Talk annoy maddening! I’m always starving, have black hair on my chest, breasts and belly. I finally have done enough research to self diagnose myself and take care of my own self! Medical doctors do not have enough knowledge on nutrition to help women with infertility and hormonal issues! So here I go.. Taking care of myself and taking an amazing supplement called adaptothins to balance my blood sugar and help lose weight, naturally! visit: natlong.com/mredinger to learn about or order adaptothins

  16. Dear Tarryn,
    I sincerely appreciate your outlook on dealing with PCOS-so inspiring and optimistic! I also want to congratulate you on presenting depression (of mild clinical manifestation) as a multifactor entity which needs to be battled firstly with changes in lifestyle rather with an immediate resort to antidepressants-drugs with many side effects that often create a vicious circle when not prescribed carefully and to anyone indiscriminately (even people who dont actually need them).

    Best wishes,
    Elena

  17. I’ve been searching around for websites where I can further understand pcos and although I was diagnosed in ’09 I’m still having a really hard time with it and I’m soon to be 22. The depression has been something I’ve always delt with but it just seems yo be so much worse. Reading everyone’s posts makes me feel a little better considering I’m not going crazy and I’m not the only one. I’ve tried metformin and it didn’t work out for me so I’m just on birth control now. Its helped a bit but the depression has got the best of me and no words can explain how I feel unless u know what I’m going through. I’m tired of being sad and I’m tired of crying myself to sleep. I’m too young to be this miserable and I just want to be happy. I don’t know any of you but just writing this message lifts a weight off of me that no one else can understand. I need someone to understand me, not someone who pretends too and is really just being sympathetic. Thanks.

  18. Hi girls. I also have PCOS. Diagnosed at 19. Excess hair i hate and I’ve been moody-as since puberty. I am 28 now and realise i have probably been depressed for several years, so i can totally relate. It’s crap.

    I’m so sorry to hear so many of you are having such a rough time at the moment. I want to encourage you here… Have no fear. As long as you have eggs and a uterus you can fall pregnant. I have 2 absolutely beautiful children and am pregnant with a third and i have terrible PCOS on the scale of hormones/ cysts! It took some stuffing around, but we have so much technology available to help us conceive. The ggood news is that once we kne w what worked for us then second and third were easy. We didn’t need ivf like i feared. Gonal f injections. 3 cycles = 3 babies xx

  19. I have difficulty speaking when it comes to PCOS. I could never really make out what is it the irregular periods that lead to depression or if being depressed somehow causes irregular periods. It’s just difficult making someone understand why you are sad when you have a wonderful life. i have lost so many people i loved because they said i cry too much. i push away people now because i feel that i’ll make them unhappy and it would be unbearable if they leave again. i got out of depression a few years back my periods were back on track but the problem started again and i’m really scared. my mood swings have become erratic. it’s like i’m scared of myself and no one really understands why. they don’t understand it’s not something i’m doing deliberately. bur it feels really nice to know that i’m not alone and that i’m not losing my mind.
    thank you
    i just want to be understood and i want to be happy

  20. I was recently diagnosed with PCOS back in January since then my Dr and I have worked on my diet, exercise and weight loss. We actually found out I had PCOS after testing my thyroid and other problems. After 7 months of medication (Metformin) and a low carb high protein diet and walking 2 miles a day I am still 40 pounds heavier and feel no different. My Dr says they are referring me to an Endo to further my treatment. What could possibly come next. I am tired of taking meds for my depression and anxiety and for PCOS.
    I guess I am looking for a little insight on what I am about to come into.
    Thanks 🙂

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  22. there i was thinking that i was abt to go insane…ty for this post….however my biggest challenge right now is the weight gain, its totally killing me 🙁

  23. ok I have battled with depression as far as I know. I do have 2 daughters ages 10 and 12 haven’t been able to conceive since. I first found out I had pcos about 2 years ago as I kept taking pregnancy tests and they where showing up positive but of course I wasn’t pregnant. I have longed for a baby the last 8 years but im starting to realise that its just impossible. I have been on all different types of Antidepressants and yes they do work for the time they are being taken. if any of you are like me I don’t want to be reliant on tablets I want to feel normal. ok healthy life style lots of exercise tried that a good few times you fill good about yourself for a while but you are fighting a losing corner. have just brought a £400 laser removal to try and make myself fell better does it work not quite sure yet. the whole losing weight its a constant battle which doesn’t make any difference my friend perfect size 8 still she hasn’t got any chance of conceieving. anyways my point is it doesn’t matter how you go about it trying to wish it away its there . the thing which bugs me most of all is that you will only get treatment if you have been trying for a child. I think more research should be done in pcos and treatment especially if its causing all the side affects. I just know how gutting it is taking about 10 pregnancy tests each month praying it might suddenly change. the fact of it is that we need treatment we need to be free of this playing havoc with are hormones just sick of fighting a losing battle and that is what it is.

  24. This is a great article, I don’t know anyone with PCOS so I feel very alone on this. I have a few phases where i’m completely depressed and feel worthless for no reason at all and it is extremely difficult for family to sympathize with this,being that they do not understand the serious symptoms that PCOS has over those that are diagnosed. I was diagnosed at the age of 12 and have been handed no more further information on how to go about treating myself by anyone so I will give this a shot. I hope this works! *crosses fingers*

  25. I’ve been diagnosed for about 7 years now. I’ve always had to eat about 1200 calories for my 5’9″ frame just to stay a “healthy weight.” I’ve found that high protein, low carb works best for me, but will enjoy carbs when I want. I finally stopped counting calories and relaxed more and I feel absolutely depressed all of the time. I hate having to watch my back like the fat faerie is going to come up behind me and make all of my clothes not fit! There has to be a better way! I’m going to try the free trial and see where I can go with it. Thank you for doing this. Women shouldn’t have to feel so horrible just for being women.

  26. Thanks for this article, I’ve been diagnosed with PCOS and although my insulin levels are normal I’m very low a lot of the time and I’ve gained about a stone. I also have extremely irregular periods when I get stretch marks on my stomach. I’ve been put on a different type of the pill called Dianette – I’m not sure if this is exacerbating my depressive symptoms? A s other types of hormonal pill sent me a bit loopy too, I just feel my uncontrollable and sporadic crying has become unbearable. I’m going back to my doctor to ask about the depression as I’m so lethargic I can barely motivate myself to get out of bed.
    I’m so glad I found this thread as it makes me feel like I’m not alone.

  27. Hi everyone,

    I was diagnosed with PCOS last year. I have been suffering from on & off depression since I was 14, I’m 19 now. It comes back after a while. I can’t get rid of it completely. It did go out of control once but I regained control of it. But now it’s creeping back up again and I’m worried about it. I am not taking any anti-depressants. I want help with controlling my depression. I have read this article. Thanks Tarryn for this article. I wanna try this out and see how it goes. I have irregular periods but this month, I skipped it. I’m so worried that something else is up. I have been under heavy emotional strain and a lot of stress.

    Please help me with this. Thanks a lot

  28. Hey,

    You are so welcome, I really hope I was if some help to you.

    One thing I did forget to mention is that it takes Citalopram a while to get into the system. I didn’t feel any better until I had been taking it for about 2 weeks so please, persevere with it. I would say give it at least 3/4 weeks before you both decide whether or not it has been helpful.

    I genuinely wish you both all the very best, try to keep us updated if you can x

    1. cetalopram made me gain 30 lbs! Be watchful of side effects! Just when it kicked in I felt better mentally but then blew up physically :(. Prozac helps people lose weight, I did much better with that.

  29. Came across this site while desperately searching for answers! my 16 year old daughter was diagnosed w/ PCOS about a year and a half ago. she has also around the same time been diagnosed with severe depression and anxiety. she is currently on her 5th hospitalization in the last 12 months in a mental health facility. she currently takes birth control to regulate her periods and PCOS symptoms but is or has been on multiple anti depressants, anti anxiety, mood stabilizers, etc. and nothing has helped. we are at a breaking point, as she is feeling hopeless and we are feeling lost as how to help her. we have been to many different psychiatrists, therapists, endocronologists, even going to Mayo Clinic to visit the psychiatric and endocronology depts there to no avail.i am hoping to now try to find help to treat the PCOS part of her to see if it can somewhat help with the depressed side of her, which seems to be the only part of her left. I am literally watching my 16 year old die everyday, with no will to live and would love to hear if anyone has experienced such dramatic symptoms and what advice, help you may have, as she will probably be getting sent home from the hospital within the next few day and nothing ever seems to help or change..Thank you so much!!

    1. Hi Jordy’s Mom,

      I have just read your story about your daughter and really felt I had to message you.

      My heart really goes out to you both, I have PCOS, depression and severe panic attacks. I am 27 and was diagnosed in 2009 with PCOS. My partner and I decided to try for a baby in 2012 and I was given Metformin to help. Unfortunately, after only a few weeks on Metformin I started having extreme panic attacks and very severe depression, I had to come off the Metformin and sadly, go on to antidepressants.

      That was about a year and a half ago, I am still on antidepressants for the panic attacks but thankfully, the depression has pretty much gone. I get the odd bad day but who doesn’t! Also, the panic attacks are now minimal and much, much easier to deal with.
      I’m not sure where in the world you are, or what medications your poor daughter has tried but I wonder if Citalopram would help her as much as it has helped me. I can honestly say, it saved my life. I am on 30mg per day and apart from being tired a lot of the time, my life has gone back to normal.
      Although I am still not pregnant, I am coming to terms with the fact that I may never have children and I had to decide whether it was more important to me to have children but be a complete depressed, panic ridden wreck or let nature take its course and live a normal life with the possibility I may never have children, I chose the latter.

      I know it feels as if there is no way out right now, for both you and your daughter, but please trust me when I say there is. Right now your daughter probably feels the way I did and believe me, it’s frightening. But I came through it and she will too.
      As I said, Citalopram saved my life and if your daughter hasn’t yet been given it, I really think she should try it. It might just be the answer you need. If you are in America I believe it is called Celexa over there. I’m not medically trained at all but I speak from personal experience.

      I really, honestly hope that your daughter comes through this soon and I wish you both the very best x

      1. Thank you so much for sharing! I have printed out information to bring with today when I meet with the hospital staff. I will definitely ask about Citalopram or Celexa (we are in the U.S.) They have changed her medications so many times over the last year and a half, this medication does sound familiar but don’t recall that being one that has been tried. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you writing and sharing and I really hope everything works out for you, as well! Thanks again!

    2. I know you posted this a while ago, but I wanted to tell you there is hope. I am a pilot who hid my PCOS for a long time. I tried to brush it off as nothing, until the stress, and depression, and anxiety became too much. I would never fly if I felt bad. The problem is… I felt bad too often and would call out “sick.” I began to think something was wrong with me mentally. But when you have hormonal imbalances, like PCOS, it is NOT a mental problem. I do not know what is going on with your daughter, but what she needs now is for you to tell her you are there for her, and support her, and let her know her body is doing this — not her. My mom was not very supportive and it did a number on me. I wish you and your family the best.

      1. Thank you so much for replying! Coincidence or not, we are sitting at the gynecologist now when I was notified of your comment. My daughter is experiencing extreme pain and bleeding and we are getting her checked out! We continue to strive for answers and help as the situation has not improved since I last wrote. We continue to be here for my daughter to listen and support and I am so sorry that your mom was not there to support or listen to you, that breaks my heart to hear, as I know how hard this can be with support, much less without! We will continue to search for help and answers, As this has completely changed her life, she can no longer go to school, went from a huge group of friends to almost none, this is not the carefree life a 17 year old should have and that is heartbreaking to see! I hope you are doing better and have someone in your life to care and support you!! Thanks again for writing!

    3. For everyone with mood swings and on the contraceptive pill.

      I can take any contraceptive pill for 12 weeks and be all sane and even cheerful. Any longer I get a little depressed steadily getting worse until I’m below even my baseline of antisocial/exhausted. Then when the Dr tells me it can’t be the pill and he won’t change it the next 12 weeks are loopy time. I get mood swings that can’t be controlled; from angry to crying to calmly suicidal. Then I flush the damn pills and start to feel better.

      It took some practise to find this out and after the first 2 I would just quit at about 6 months in. They always tell me its mental health. Yet the only treatment that works is changing the pill as soon as I adapt to it.

      I’ve had this issue since before my diagnosis and its still there.

  30. Do you recommend any certain brands got the recommended supplements? There are so many different options. And where do you get them? TIA!

  31. PCOS is horrible, I am so depressed. Currently taking clomid 50mg for ovulation and 1500mg metformin and I still dont ovulate. I lost 1 stone in weight using a low carb high protein diet but still nothing. I am covered in hideous hair and my self esteem at the moment is below zero! My relationship with my partner is slowly being destroyed by the way i am.. NEED a miracle ;-(

  32. Hi Tarryn,

    I have just come across your story and I really wanted to say that I think your advice is fantastic. I too have PCOS and I know how truly awful it can be,

    I wanted to ask you your opinion on my situation, if you don’t mind.
    I started my period at the age if 14, much later than most if my friends. I knew straight away that something was not right, my periods were extremely irregular and at times, non existent. Then from about the age of 17 I practically stopped having periods altogether. I knew in my heart that I had PCOS but frankly, I ignored it. Finally, in 2009, I was officially diagnosed with the condition and my world fell apart, I was and still am, totally convinced I will never have children.
    In 2012 my partner and I decided to start seriously trying for a baby and after 6 months of no luck, I went to the doctor who put me on Metformin.
    After a few weeks of taking Metformin, I started having extremely severe panic attacks, completely out if the blue and therefore, had to stop the Metformin and start taking Antidepressants. I am now on 30mg of Citalopram daily.
    I am too scared to come off the Antidepressants in case my panic attacks come back but worry that if I can’t stop taking them, how am I ever going to get help for the PCOS? I am completely lost and just don’t know what to do.

    I really hope you can offer some advice, and thank you for taking the time to read my story x

  33. i am 25 years old girl and im facing PCOS since last year i took dine 35 medicine for 8 month after the suggestion from my Dr , my menses is proper and mu weight is 56 kg my height is 5.3 , im very worry about the hair loss on my head , hairs growing on my body ,acne , i mostly forget the thing ,feel weakness , to much stress and feel Alon … day bay day my complexion is going to be dark and i always crying on very little thing these changes happen in my life since last year .. but i have strong faith on my God ..

    i want help from u what should i do please help me .

    thank you .

    1. Hi Merry,

      I’ve had a look and it does seem legit. It’s also her personal experience of the product which I obviously can’t refute. She is making some commission off of the product but it clearly states that at the bottom of the article. Also, there do seem to be some skin types that it’s not helpful for so you may want to research that. The only other thing that I would say is that PCOS Diva is taking a supplement regime and following a PCOS diet so she is also managing her symptoms from a dietary perspective and that will also help with hirsutism.

      Keep well!

      Tarryn

  34. Wow! Finally a helpful and real site to communicate with others in the same situation as me!
    I was diagnosed with PCOS last year after years of asking and knowing there wasn’t something quite right. I had been tested for diabetes and thyroid, and was told by one doctor that it was “just bad periods” and I would “grow out of it” or maybe “have a baby and it will sort itself out”!
    Even after diagnosis I didn’t really feel like the support was there, and didn’t really understand why I was feeling the ways I have been..I didn’t realise the chemical implications PCOS has on EVERYTHING!
    Thank you so much for helping me realise that I am not alone and not a crazy irrational weirdo for feeling depressed where there may not be an external problem!
    I really cannot thank you enough 🙂
    x

  35. Hello

    You are not alone with this my only advise is for you to put your health first and seek the right help. I had to put my health first I was in deniel , now took the brave descion to take anti anxiety medication called beata blockers which help to control my palpatations and anxiety. Its not a miricle cure however help to mainatin well being and less Panic means less stress and good times . Diet and the right support can really make a massive difference regarding the PCOS worth taking a look xxxx Tk cre all

  36. I was struggling with depressive moods and was diagnosed with episodic depression. Recently, i was also diagnosed with POCS. I’ve been doing my research and rationalizing why is this happening to me.
    And I’m glad I’ve someone who I can relate to. Thanks for the post.
    For me, I certainly feel that Pilates and an intensive work out even for 30min on alternate days work in improving my mood.

  37. Hey everyone, my name is Alejandra and im 23 years old… I was diagnosed with PCOS and a cardiac arithmia (which is supposed to be related to my PCOS) when I was 19… It was really hard for me to know at that very young age that I might probably have to struggle to get pregnant specially when all I wadt in the world is a family I can call my own… Ever since my diagnose I have had a hard time trying to keep my PCOS under control… I lose and gain weight all the time, I get bad skin and gross hair all over my body… Lately I feel ive been on my worst, all my symptoms seem stonger and I havent had my period in 4 months (very uncomfortable)… Ive also been suffering from depression and a low self esteem this days…But im really thankful I found this article so I can understand why i feel this… and that there are more girls just like me trying to fight this disease.

  38. I feel so alone a down its unreal . I would like to share my story as it doesnt seem like anyone has had similar issue with PCOS . I was 27 and fell pregnant I was forced to get a medical abortion my terrible circumstances. I felt such a massive regret and have been battleing my feelings for over a year now. During my scan for pregnancy I had nothing wrong with me. My doctor did a scan last year as I was having bad pms etc. Out of no where I have PCOS. i fell as though Ive been punished in someway for my abortion. I was left to my own devices no medication for PCOS i was still getting a monthly period alothough it didnt last long 1 2 days. My worst fear April came 2013 and no period the stress I believe has caused me to have really bad sinus infection etc I feel so ill. My doctor gave me Microgyn 30 and Iam on the 7 day break and having terrible PMT no withdrawal bleed . I actually feel theres no hope for me i feel so alone as no one cares when its a Gyno issue even if I went A and E now theyde just fob me off and send me home . I feEL that pill was another waste of time and feel my body is one big failure and no possibility of having kids is just so overwhelming to understand and deal with makes me feel sick. Would love some support and anyone who had similar story to me please come forward thank you so much bless you all.

    1. Hi Sammy,

      Thanks so much for sharing your story! And I am so sorry to hear that you are having such a rough time.

      Firstly, I really don’t believe that you are being punished for your need to terminate your pregnancy. There was clearly a medical reason for having to end the pregnancy and it really was not your fault.

      I also understand your frustration about being fobbed off. It is possible to manage PCOS and diet and exercise are a vital part of this management plan. I think it’s important to look at the things that YOU can do to take charge of your PCOS so that you feel more in control of what is happening and so that you’re not at the mercy of PCOS and doctors.

      Also, pregnancy is definitely possible with PCOS. It may take a little longer but it IS possible. This article may give you some hope: https://www.pcosdietsupport.com/pregnancy/pcos-pregnancy-success/

      Hang in there!

      Tarryn

      1. Hello thank you so much you are so kind for your reply and your positivity. I have some good news after getting it off my chest with you guys i finally had some withdrawal bleed from the pill not that heavy but its defo there. This site is brilliant I have found some peace here. I made an appointment with a senior Doctor at the Practice and he said he thought it was a great idea to look into natural options etc. He said I dont have to have the Pill now it is good but I do have anxiety issues with my hormones but I am not giving up I going to battle this I am hoping to go back where I studied for my degree I came back due one health Issue or another been 5 years now , I really wanna go back create a life for my self get a permamnat job there.I wanna be independant, I beleive if I feel good I can achieve anththing and wont be bullied into an abortion ever again. I want to be able to say I want a child and where I want to raise it and feel confident with or without a husband in my life. Any sugestions regarding combating PCOS all welcome. Also does anyone else get palpitations anxiety and low mood with ther PCOS would love to hear from you. Also I find hot water 1 teaspoon of honey and black salt mixed together helps bloating , headaches and Nausea. Please try if you are feeling any of these. Thanks everyone and Tarryn especially x

        1. That’s great news, Sammy! I’m so glad that things seem to be settling for you and that you are making really positive decisions!

  39. I am very very depressed I think it is because of the pcos
    I don’t know what do with myself
    And no one really understands
    Please help

    1. Hi, I’m so sorry to hear that you are so down and feel so alone! There is a whole community of women out there who know what it is like to have PCOS. Have you considered looking into a local support group?

      Tarryn

  40. Clearly I should have gone on anti depression tabs long ago but I was never under the impression that PCOS is causing it. I was diagnosed a few years ago and had a few ops and tried various pills thankfully I was clean for four years no growth of cists or bad depression but in the last few weeks I am back in depro mood and have some pain and back pain and such, going for an ultrasound this week again and another visit to oncologist just hoping it isn’t bad news again not sure if I can handle another op this time. I am not trying to get pregnant at this stage but just knowing that I might not get that opportunity in future is killing me and I do not speak to anyone about it, I have looked at the diet plan and wish that I too can go on this diet plan but unlucky for me the country I live in does not have fancy supermarkets and I cannot get half of the ingredients or even supplements for that matter, I am so tired (sorry but I am) of having PCOS and just wish I can have a more positive outlook on the whole thing …..

  41. I just want to die. This life is too difficult to live. God say he watch after babies and fools. I am just a non blessed mammal. Pcos f- ing sucks

  42. I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 15. I was scared and full of mixed emotions.I was so worried that i was going to lose my hair but my fear soon went away. I am 17 now and I only have a few symptoms but i was wondering what would be a good diet to start?

  43. before deciding to go through with the lifestyle change,(diet and exericise)i had very deep depression. i was very self-destructive with drinking, smoking, and eating because of my anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. when i finally got in with a PCOS specialist, and he diagnosed me with PCOS, i already knew i had it. the biggest thing he said to do that helped me was to learn transendental meditation. it has helped me tremendously. my anxiety level is close to none. im calmer, and more emotionally stable. starting to meditate gave me the energy, clarity and motivation to start making all the other lifestyle changes i needed in order to start controlling my PCOS, and more importantly, stick with it. i dont know if there is research linking PCOS and TM, but this was the only thing that helped me get out of my depression, and start taking action.

    -sarah

    1. Hi Sarah,

      Thanks for sharing your story! TM is clearly working for you and it’s wonderful that you’ve found a way to manage your anxiety and the rest of your PCOS symptoms!

      Tarryn

  44. Hey everyone,

    I’ve just been diagnosed with PCOS after hormone tests and ultrasounds and the diagnosis hit me like a steam train, I’m still processing it and it’s screwed with my identity in a way that no one seems to understand.
    I just want to say thank you for this website because it seems like the only one out there that actually makes sense and isn’t trying to scare me or make me cry. I’m only 21 and have had anorexia and bulimia since I was 15 and am currently in recovery (so it was lovely of my GP to tell me to ‘keep my weight down’ when she diagnosed me with PCOS a week ago.)I also have BPD and severe depression, so life is a bit of a challenge but I’m super intent on getting better in the most natural and ethical way possible. I’m a vegetarian so getting protein has always been a challenge, anyone out there a vegetarian with PCOS too? Or has any tips for me?
    xxxx

    1. Hi Holly,

      I’m so sorry to hear that you have been diagnosed with PCOS. It is never easy getting a diagnosis of any kind so i can understand how you feel like you’ve been hit by a train.

      I think it’s really important to focus on foods that are healing and healthy for your PCOS, not your weight. If you can manage your hormones, your weight will also stay relatively under control too.

      In terms of being a vegetarian, I was reading recently that Omega 3 is crucial for lowering testosterone and managing symptoms of PCOS but the most effective type of Omega 3 is fish oil. I’m not sure if you’ll consider it but I highly recommend taking these supplements. Also, a plant based protein shake (like hemp or pea protein) will be helpful in increasing your protein intake and balancing your carbs.

      I hope that helps!

      Tarryn

  45. I was diagnosed with PCOS this past Friday though I’ve known something was wrong with me for a while. because of thst fact I was so relived to finally be able to put put a name to my condition. I’m so glad I stumbled across your site thanks to Pinterest. I’m learning so much especially about the symptoms I’ve been experiencing including depression as well as tiredness. While I am relived to be able to put a name to my symptoms, I didn’t expect the feelings of anxiety and worry. Your site has helped to ease some of my worries about health and fertility. Thank you!

    1. Hi Sarah,

      Thanks so much for your comment and feedback! A PCOS diagnosis is pretty scary and overwhelming and it often is helpful to know that some of the things you are experiencing is as a result of PCOS.

      Please let me know if you have any questions!

      Tarryn

    2. Hi Sarah,

      i know exactly how you feel. i was recently also diagnosed, and deep down inside you can feel something is wrong. i also suffered from heavy depression, my doctor had to put me on anti-depressants.
      when it come to feeling tired, that all changed for me when i started changing my way of eating. i cannot explain to you how much energy i have now! Hang in there!!!

      Monique

  46. Hi Taryn. I’m really glad I came across your page. Diet and exercise have helped keep my PCOS under control, but I still have elevated testosterone of course and I’m very interested in inositol now. Is this something that is prescribed or over the counter?

    1. Hi Teresa,

      It’s great that your PCOS is largely under control! Inositol is available over the counter. I would buy the powdered form. You can also get as Pregnitude (in the US) or Infolic (in Europe).

      Tarryn

  47. Hi Tarryn,

    How bad was your depression? i was put on anti depresants before i was diagnosed with PCOS. do you think i should continue with the meds?
    we could not find out why i was feeling so down, so the doctor just put me on meds. do you think the lifestyle change and diet will help?

    1. Hi Monique,

      I wasn’t on anti-depressants but I did seriously consider them at the time! If you can get your PCOS under control, you may well see an improvement in your symptoms and your depression. But , I would work on a good diet and regular exercise for at least 3 or 4 months before considering stopping the meds. Also, make sure that you talk to your doctor when you want to stop the meds.

      Tarryn

  48. I’m so glad I found this website! I commented on another post, I’m sorry for not including all questions there, but I just came up with more now. I don’t think I am going to go on the birth control pill because I want to take a more natural approach. I am only 19 so I am not trying to conceive. Hirsutism is the main issue I am facing. You said be high protein low carb…I’m a vegetarian. Do you eat a lot of meat or are you using plant based proteins? Also, did any of those listed supplements help specifically with the hirsutism? (I’ll probably still take Omega 3 even though I’m a vegetarian).

    1. Hi Deb,

      I do tend to eat a lot of lean, organic meat. You can also find good sources of plant-based protein (as you would know) but they also tend to have quite a lot of carbohydrates so your meals tend to have a higher glycemic load. You could consider getting some plant based protein powders to up your protein intake without also upping your carbs. I use hemp protein powder. It doesn’t taste amazing but it’s okay if you mix it in a smoothie.

      Also, Omega 3 can also be found in plant based supplements (from flaxseed) so you could try that. Here is a link to one I found online http://www.amazon.com/Deva-Organic-Vegan-Vitamins-Omega-3/dp/B001GAOHV6. Also, make sure that you’re taking at least 2g of Inositol (I like the powder form) to help with hirsutism. It is also suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

      Hope that helps but please let me know if you have any other questions!

      Tarryn

      1. that does help!! thanks so much!! i’ve never even heard of that inositol before but i’m gonna go out and buy it right away!! thanks so much!

        1. Love this website! Your info has been invaluable.
          Just wanted to mention… I also rushed out and bought inositol after reading your article. I noticed a difference in the first month regarding my weight loss, which escalated (woohoo!)… but what I also noticed even quicker was my moods got worse and my fatigue was so much worse!
          I did some more research on other websites and read that while inositol generally provides energy, in some people it can have the opposite affect and cause fatigue and worsen depression… this was obviously me! So easy fix… I started taking it at night before bed, problem solved. I’ve been sleeping soooo much better since I switched, I’m 15kgs down now, and I’ve found it invaluable for keeping my pimples at bay. If I forget to take my inositol at night for a couple days I start getting pimples! Crazy huh?
          Anyways, just wanted to share my experience as I found it difficult to find that info on inositol, and I may not be the only person out there who it might affect in that way 🙂 …oh, and ebay was the cheapest way to buy it in large quantities. The health shops were an absolute rip off!

  49. This article and the whole website makes me so happy to know that I’m not alone with my PCOS symptoms. It makes me hopeful that there is a way to tackle symptoms and take control over my life and emotions. Excellent work Tarryn!

    1. this has helped me a great deal.. I suffer from pcos.. I have high testosterone levels and we all know the symptoms that go with that.. I struggle to manage my pcos and I have it in my head tgat I will never get pregnant… I struggle with the medication. Ive been on a few of the pills and had to come off them coz they made me ill.. Im only 21 and I really struggle to cope with it all.. The hair growth alone I find very very hard to deal with.. Its alwYs on my mimd.. I was eefused lazer removel.. I was wondering if anyome could give me advice as im just in a mess with it all… The doc also said I have folocules on my right ovary and the ovary is bigger then the left.. I have no idea what this means does this mean the other ones okay any advice ir feedback would be great.. Thank u xx

      1. well, since i was 16 i suffered from hair growth from pcos and i started taking Spironolactone and after regular use after about 6 months i noticed a big difference. it was the only thing that helped me. I take about 25 mg a day. but it takes time for the drug to work. it basically absorbs the extra testosterone in your blood stream.

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