Managing PCOS: What You Can Do
Affecting as many as five million women in America, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) disrupts the menstrual cycle, which can lead to fertility issues. Caused by excessive testosterone and insulin, PCOS can produce various symptoms, such as irregular periods, extra weight gain, acne flare ups, and hair on the face, chest, or back. At IVF Plano, we can diagnose and treat PCOS.
Because of its relationship to insulin, PCOS often responds to changes in diet and exercise, coupled with any therapy recommended by your doctor. Working with a trusted physician will help you get control of this condition, but you can also take some steps to manage PCOS yourself.
Tips for Dealing with PCOS
- Watch Your Diet
Refined carbohydrates, like white bread, white rice, pastries, candy, etc., can create insulin resistance, one of the main problems of PCOS. Choosing whole grains, increasing lean protein, and eating more vegetables can help to decrease symptoms and stabilize hormone levels. You should also try to avoid trans-fats and saturated fats, opting for virgin olive oil, flax oil, cod liver oil, and fish oil instead.
- Exercise Daily
For women with PCOS, exercise is a necessity, not a luxury. Research indicates that regular exercise may improve polycystic ovary syndrome and increase fertility. Consider walking at least 30 minutes a day and working your way up from there. As you become more confident, try varying your routine with different options such as weight lifting, aerobics, cycling, swimming, and so on.
- Reduce Stress
Did you know that chronic stress from any source, like your job, spouse, or finances, can upset the balance of your hormones and cause weight gain across your mid section? Work on ways to deal with your stress, which include getting enough rest, eating well, and sharing your feelings with someone you trust.
- Join a PCOS Support Group
Many women find it helps to talk with others who understand their experiences. A PCOS support group can offer much-needed validation and encouragement. Check with your doctor or look online for resources in your area.
For more information on PCOS, contact our office or visit our web site at www.ivfplano.com
James Douglas, M.D.©
6300 W. Parker Rd. #G28
Plano, TX 75093