Living with PCOS

In February of 2011 (at age of 28 and after dealing with these symptoms for over a decade) I was diagnosed with PCOS. This is my series of posts on PCOS and learning to understand and live with it. I want to help raise awareness of PCOS so others will not have to live for over a decade without knowing they have PCOS (it does affect about 1 in 10 women!) Any comments that are intentionally hurtful or degrading on any of these posts will be deleted. However I understand that people are curious about things they haven't heard of before so feel free to ask questions... and if you don't feel comfortable asking them in the comments section, feel free to email me!

*Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, nor do I have a lot of knowledge of PCOS other than what I've read (and continue to read) and personal experience. This is just me, my opinions, how I understand PCOS (which may be flawed, but I am trying to understand more completely) and how I am dealing with it. 

Feeling Broken (and dealing with facial hair)

PCOS and Insulin Resistance

PCOS and Infertility

PCOS and Pregnancy

A few resources I have found (feel free to leave any you have found in the comments section!): 

PCOS BookletThis booklet is done by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). It is a great overview of PCOS and it symptoms.

PCOS Support - This organization is a grass-roots, volunteer-based organization, operated by and for women with PCOS and their families.

SoulCysters - The largest online community of women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).

Here are some of the books I have read about PCOS where I have gleaned some of the knowledge I share. I do not cite references in my posts as I don't actually use the books while writing and I don't want my posts to feel like a research paper... because they aren't!

PCOS-The Hidden Epidemic, Samuel S. Thatcher (400+ pages, published in 2000. I do wish it was updated to the current information, but it does explain a lot! However it is more difficult a read as there can be a lot of medical terms.)

The PCOS Diet Plan, Hillary Wright (~230 pages, published in 2010 so has more updated information. She does really well at explaining Insulin Resistance. Has 2 dietary 'plans' - one is simple and one requires counting carbs.)

PCOS Diet Book, Colette Harris with Theresa Cheung (~350 pages, published in 2002. Has information on not just diet but environmental toxins that can contribute to PCOS. As well as foods that can help individual symptoms.)

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