About Harmony with PCOS

After many years struggling with PCOS and an increasing frustration at the lack of information and support out there I decided to take things into my own hands and build my own resource and community for women with PCOS.

I know there are some good resources out there with regards to PCOS however a large number of the sites I came across were American or Australian where PCOS is a much more widely recognized health issue than here in the UK.

The very few UK sites I came across included Verity (the charity) which is a great site but I struggled to really connect with it – I believe that they are targeting someone else, not me.  Any other resources I could find; forums, support groups etc all centered on babies and fertility.  I understand that this is a prominent issue for those of us with PCOS, particularly as many women only discover they have PCOS after difficulty conceiving, but personally I wanted something more than this – it isn’t the centre of my world right now…

As a result I decided to create my own source of information, features and community for women of all ages that covers all aspects of health, fitness, lifestyle, fashion and beauty…

I’m a huge fan of women’s lifestyle magazines but it can get a little depressing to keep seeing the same diet tips, the same teeny-tiny models or celebs looking amazing and all the information within such publications are so general that it will often leave someone with PCOS with a distinct sense of self-loathing or despair (Well it’s easier said than done – if you don’t have PCOS issues to contend with!) – I’m hoping to remedy this.

This site is first and foremost a women’s lifestyle site that provides all the things we love about regular lifestyle publications but with one pivotal difference – this site is for fantabulous women who just happen to have PCOS…

…Recipes and food advice that is directly relevant to PCOS symptoms and issues, fashion style and tips for gorgeous girls of all shapes and sizes, factual health information and news concerning PCOS, and support, information and advice for women at different stages in their life; whether you are trying for a baby, are struggling with PCOS and the menopause or if both of these are not even on your radar yet we aim to include it all!

This is a site that aims to bring women from the UK and beyond together as we gossip, chit-chat and bond over our essential fabulousness – this site is for you – if you ever have something in particular you want featured or to find out about then let us know, we are always looking for reader submissions; success stories, inspiration, street style photos, fashion/fitness/health/diet tips and advice and whatever it is that is important to you!

13 thoughts on “About Harmony with PCOS

    • littlemissmagickal says:

      Thank you Lynn for taking the time to stop by on harmonywithpcos 🙂 It can be a tricky subject for many but I hope that this site will encourage women to share, support and be as fabulous as we can be regardless of any PCOS problems…I’ll have a check around the site and update but if you wish to get in touch out of the standard comment box you can on: harmonywithpcos@gmail.com

    • littlemissmagickal says:

      Thank you for such lovely words 🙂 I’m glad you’re finding the site useful after your initial diagnosis – it can be tricky to get your head round it all sometimes! If there is anything you want discussed or you#re curious about let us know and I’ll look at getting something together. x

  1. Ra says:

    Your comments reflect many of my own thoughts. Thank you for sharing! I’m not currently in “baby” mode either, and it seems like most PCOS blogs that I find are geared towards conception and fertility treatments. I’m glad that there are others like me out there.

  2. littlemissmagickal says:

    Hi Ra,
    You are definitely not alone in this – whilst I appreciate fertility is a hot topic for many, and that many people do not even get diagnosed with PCOS until they try to conceive I think there is a lot more to PCOS than that. If there is anything in particular you’d like to see on here or if you want to chat please feel free to get in touch. 🙂 harmonywithpcos@gmail.com

  3. Jemimah says:

    Hello everyone, I don’t no if anyone can offer any help or advice at all. I think I feel like it’s just me at the moment and I’m sorry if I come across like I’m feeling sorry for myself. PCOS is literally controlling my life! I was diagnosed at 17 and when I reached 19 (now) the problem hit. I have never had a regular period but now I have acne across my face, back and chest (always have), am getting fat (and I used to be a twig) and have hair growing on chin, chest and lower stomach. Oh and my hair line is reseeding and overall my hair is thinning. I cry like everyday. I feel disguising like a man. I do not want to be in my body. I don’t no what to do. I have brought a ridiculous amount of books that I can’t even get through because I cry. I’ve been to the doctors and am hopefully getting tablets. I had dianette but that gave me mood swings so Im worried about the side effects of these new ones. I just want to be normal and live like I used to.

    • littlemissmagickal says:

      Hi Jemimah,

      Thanks for your message – it’s great to hear from you!
      Without wanting to sound patronising, I know what you mean when you feel like it’s just you! I’m sure many of the other women in this community have experienced those same feelings where you can get consumed with picking apart yourself, your PCOS and feeling as if you’re a complete alien amongst everyone else around you.
      As women, let’s be honest now, appearance is pretty important to us. Not so much about how others view us or what they think of us but how we feel about ourselves. We can be our own best friend on a good day or the very worst enemy on a down day!
      Personally it took me a couple of years to come to terms with the weight gain and flux that comes along with my PCOS – I was a dancer for many years and a size 8/10 however after circumstances changed and I could no longer dance for hours each day the weight piled on and I ballooned to an 18. That was a bad time for me – depression set in and I never thought it could get better. After a while I managed to kick myself into gear and am on a more positive road once again (the weights coming down gradually still with a lot of effort) but the point I’m trying to make here is it took me quite some time to get to this point. I have been struggling with my symptoms – trying different pills (I was on Dianette initially due to my acne too but had dizzy spells with it so they switched me over to Yasmin for a bit) since the age of 16 and only once I hit 24 did I really change the way I approached it all.
      The mood impact of the hormone imbalance side of PCOS can be intense and completely irrational and insane at times – I’ve had mood swings and depression pretty badly with my other symptoms too… there are a few things you can do to try and boost your mood yourself but one of the best things to do here would be to talk to somebody (a friend, family) and your doctor about the emotional impact of this they may be able to recommend something or help you feel better about yourself and get set to take on the world again!
      Please do not suffer in silence or feel like you are alone in this. It’s hard, can be horrible but there are people out there to help and to listen.
      If you ever want to chat feel free to drop me a line at harmonywithpcos@gmail.com 🙂 Your ‘cysters’ are around to support you and trade stories.
      Lisa x

  4. ashleymcglothren says:

    Love from the states! I was diagnosed in December and was blown away by the lack of a PCOS community near me,so I am working on creating my own too! You are very inspiring and I look forward to reading your posts. Feel free to stop by my blog and check it out.:)

    • littlemissmagickal says:

      Hey Ashley,
      Thanks for sending over some love from the US 🙂 Nice to have you here (virtually of course) – I’m glad you’ve found my blog interesting, it’s great to hear that it’s helping us all feel a little less alone in the ongoing PCOS fight! I’ve had a look at your blog too and will definitely be popping over there now – as a fan of theatre and anything crafty (although I may not be particularly great at said crafts) it looks fantabulous.
      Keep in touch,
      Lisa x

  5. addrag says:

    Like someone said in the comments. This site really is a ray of sunshine. I’ve been struggling with pcos for two years now. On the verge of throwing my hands up and saying I’m done but do not want to do so. Tired.

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