Manage that PCOS…

It may sound scary or shocking but technically speaking Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a chronic condition that has no cure.

Whilst there is not yet a cure for PCOS the symptoms of the condition can be treated and managed ensuring you can get on with your life in the most fabulous way possible!

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Navigating your way through PCOS can be tough but if you can manage your symptoms and get it under control it’ll be worth it!

Treatment for PCOS will vary from person to person but eventually you will find something that fits and works for you…key examples of treatment options include:

  • Losing weight and having a healthy lifestyle:  This is the first thing you will hear and be told again and again, if you are anything like me you are sick of being told that you are technically overweight and need to lose weight…that’s easier said than done for a gal like me with PCOS…but sadly many doctors and nurses in the UK don’t know enough about the condition and seem to believe that I’m fat because I just don’t bother…PCOS means the weight is harder to shift and I’m more likely to gain weight thanks to my insulin resistance…fantastic..Aren’t most of us fighting this particular battle?  Frustratingly however, weight loss (even a little bit) can significantly improve the symptoms of PCOS it’s just an uphill struggle to lose whatever you can.
  • Hormone treatment:  Not some magic pill that will take it all away, but you may be prescribed anti-androgen drugs or the contraceptive pill to counteract the effects of the male hormones in your body and to help restore some sense of normalcy to your menstrual cycle.
  • Metformin:  This is being increasingly used in the USA and Australia to help women with PCOS get their symptoms under control.  It has not yet become readily prescribed to UK women to help manage the condition however.  Metformin is most famous for being used by diabetics to control their insulin levels – the same is true of women with PCOS; due to our insulin levels being all over the place taking medication in the form of metformin you can improve your body’s sensitivity to insulin which should help your other PCOS symptoms and can in many cases assist with weight loss.  (I think this is perhaps why UK doctors are a little reluctant to explore this as an option for PCOS patients – they want to avoid the medication being seen as a quick fix for obesity or whatever…of course we are looking for supplementary assistance with our weight loss efforts more often than not, but this seems to fall on deaf ears!
  • Fertility treatment:  You may be given medication to assist with fertility problems; a common medication prescribed for this purpose is Clomifene.  The more common way of assisting infertility is through a long and complicated treatment such as IVF.
  • Creams: Creams will often be prescribed to help women suffering with hirsutism/excess hair growth.  Eflornithine is the most common cream to be used for this purpose.
  • Surgery: This tends to be a last resort and somewhat harsh treatment for PCOS – in extreme cases a woman may undergo surgery known as LOD (or Laparoscopic Ovarian Drilling) to zap away at the cysts surrounding the ovaries with a laser.
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8 thoughts on “Manage that PCOS…

  1. PCOS says:

    I discovered that exercise is doing magic for me. I have started to drive bicycle almost every day, with longer tours during the weekends.During the winter time I swim in the pool…and my PCOS side effect are now much smaller.
    But I really work out. You can not do it fake, like once or twice a week, or run like a senior person…

    So I advise all with PCOS to try to exercises, but to do it frequently and hard. it helped me a lot!

    • littlemissmagickal says:

      Thanks for stopping by – it’s always nice to hear about other people and how they manage their PCOS. I know that it is a collective and conscious effort to change your lifestyle; becoming more active and eat a PCOS friendly diet, but even then it’s not a guarantee that it will have the desired impact on your PCOS symptoms. It’s great to hear that working out and becoming a hardcore fitness fan has helped reduce your symptoms 🙂 I must confess I always notice a change in the way I feel when I can workout regularly – it does strike me as something that has an impact upon me personally, although I can’t workout then pig-out on a carbtastic takeout or something so the diet thing has to come into play too. But everyone has to find their own happy medium of diet and exercise to help them have a healthy life 🙂

  2. Daisy says:

    Hi there my names Daisy and in January I was finally diagnosed with pretty severe PCOS after years of no answers to a lot of symptoms. I am currently on Metformin and have been since January, at first I lost about half a stone but then my lifestyle changed as I went travelling with a friend. It’s been really tricky to manage weight and therefore regular periods recently ! However, I have been taking my Metformin religiously with zinc and magnesium tablets recently and I think it is helping. Thank you for this site, it has given me some more insight into the condition and always good to know there’s others out there with such a great attitude! 🙂

    • littlemissmagickal says:

      Hi Daisy,
      Thanks for getting in touch – it’s so frustrating to battle the symptoms of PCOS with no answer (it can make you feel like you’re slowly loosing the plot!) but I’m pleased you have had your diagnosis and have had success with Metformin. It’s one of the prominent ways to battle PCOS and seems to have good results for those who use it, then of course everyone’s different so it may work for some and not others, but it’s quite a common treatment for PCOS in the US and Australia – still somewhat unknown or unused in the UK 😦
      If there is anything in particular you would like us to cover on the site or if you wanna chat more generally (you are definitely not alone with this) please drop me a line at: harmonywithpcos@gmail.com
      Lisa 🙂

  3. wren says:

    I’m happy to see you’re “Taking things into your own hands!” I, too, have thought of doing that! I have PCOS myself and oftentimes feel at a loss for the utter lack of Natural Alternatives to hormone therapy that I see out there! I also am not the typical case with PCOS as I don’t have any superficial symptoms, only a whacky (usually lack of ) period &, yes, cysts on the ovaries. I’ve been to many different doctors, many different times and I feel like none of them can really help me. Sure, they prescribe me birth control or progesterone, but I don’t want to be taking pills every day for the rest of my life…. It’s just not for me. I’m currently experimenting with Vitex (about 3 months now & not seeing any changes). I often feel discouraged with this diagnosis and lack of help available from the medical profession… I know Many women are out there with this same diagnosis! Anyway, glad you’re here making a space for us to gather! I may start pursuing a path in herbalism here shortly and you betcha I’ll focus on PCOS. If this happens, I’ll start a blog for sure! Best Wishes ❤ wren

  4. Renata says:

    Hi, my name is Renata, I’m from São Paulo/Brazil. I was diagnosed with PCOS at 22, I’m 23. I started having these annoying hairs on my face as a teenager, a lot of acne. My folks decided to take me to the doctor to lessen this (acne and hair growth), and I was told I have this problem. I made a series of exams. In high school everybody laughed at the hairs on my face, “my mustache and beard”. I waxed constantly.

    Now I take the birth control pill and I walk frequently. Sometimes I jog. I’m freaked out about gaining weight ’cause I read that women with PCOS gain weight easily and it can be struggling to lose it. And I want to have kids in the future, like 4. Lol!

    Then I found this website, more women with the same problem I have, and I felt a lot better, encouraged to fight it. It’s so depressing to have all this hair: on my neck, my chest, my chin, around my nipples. I’m constantly tweezing it, but I won’t give up. And laser surgery to get them off is super expensive.

    Sometimes I get depressed, about this and other reasons, but I have you ‘cysters’ to make me stronger. We’ll all win!

    Everyday I stretch my muscles and exercise a lot at home.

    That’s it! Thank you a lot!

    • littlemissmagickal says:

      Hi Renata,
      Thank you for your message, it’s lovely to hear from you 🙂
      I’m sorry to hear you’ve also had a tough time growing up with PCOS and the not-so-fun symptoms it brings with it – hair and acne are bad enough as a teen let alone with the added PCOS impact. I hope during your research you can see that many women with PCOS nowadays find ways to manage their weight and fertility (although it can be tricky). Try not to let it freak you out too much! You still need to enjoy your life without obsessing over weight etc.
      I will agree PCOS can be high maintenance (I have my own cosmetics counter at home filled with lotions and potions for hair, skin, acne etc…it can get costly!) but like you said it’s the support of other women with the same (or a similar) experience that helps. We’re all in this together 🙂
      If you ever need to chat or trade stories feel free to drop me an email on harmonywithpcos@gmail.com
      Lisa

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