PCOS & Our Bodies

Welome! OurPCOS is a place for females with PCOS to come and meet women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, find healthy recipes and workout routines, learn more information on PCOS, or just receive support! Disclaimer: I am neither a doctor nor nutritionist, but will answer questions to the best of my knowledge and personal experience, however, it is ALWAYS best to consult with your doctor before starting any diet plan, cleanse, and/or supplements. All articles are sourced to the original post. No recipes, information, or articles are mine unless stated otherwise.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common female endocrine disorders that is affecting women in numbers as high as one out of ten, although many cases remain undiagnosed because symptoms differ from one woman to another. While one woman may experience a range of symptoms, another may have little to none. PCOS is a condition in which the sex hormones in a female’s body are imbalanced, which can cause cysts on the ovaries, weight gain, changes in menstrual cycle, trouble getting pregnant, and other problems. If left untreated, it can lead to heart disease and endometrial cancer. At this time PCOS is not curable but with medication, exercise, and healthy eating, the symptoms can be treated.
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  1. Eat a balanced diet. Your body needs carbohydrates, protein, and fat.
  2. Choose healthy carbohydrate foods that are high in fiber and low in sugar.
  3. Load up on vegetables and fruits. They are high in fiber and packed with vitamins and minerals.
  4. Balance your carbohydrate foods with proteins and healthy fats.
  5. Limit your portions when you are eating high–carbohydrate foods (especially ones that are low in fiber).
  6. Eat small meals and healthy snacks during the day instead of 3 large meals. 
  7. Don’t forget to exercise! Good nutrition is important, but it isn’t enough. You also need to exercise regularly. Adding exercise or increasing the exercise you already do will help you manage your PCOS.
  8. Try not to get frustrated if you don’t lose weight quickly or if you’ve tried to lose weight before and it didn’t work. Learning how to choose and balance your carbohydrates and doing regular exercise will help!
  9. Stay positive! It can be very difficult to achieve visible results. Doing what’s right for your body IS doing something good, even if you don’t see a big change in your weight.
  10. Talk to your health care provider about managing your PCOS. Most young women with PCOS need to take medication, even with good nutrition and exercise. If you have more questions about PCOS and nutrition, ask your health care provider about talking to a registered dietitian who has experience in working with teens with PCOS. 
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