Beyond the Diagnosis: Living Victorious with PCOS 

PCOS is one acronym you’ve probably heard of because of its resonation in the world of women’s health. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common hormonal disorders among U.S. women of reproductive age. If you’re curious to delve deeper into the intricacies of PCOS or seeking empowerment following your diagnosis, you’ve landed on the right page!

What is PCOS?

Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a condition that affects approximately 5 million women in the United States. Typically, women produce small amounts of a “male” hormone called androgens. However, PCOS is when there is an excess of androgens. While the exact cause of this hormonal balance is unknown, family history of PCOS or diabetes, insulin resistance, and being overweight are associated with PCOS. Many women with PCOS have ovarian cysts. However, it is important to note that the presence of ovarian cysts alone does not determine PCOS diagnosis. Women with PCOS may experience irregular or absent menstrual periods, along with symptoms such as excessive body hair growth and changes in acne patterns.ibid In terms of treatment options, your provider may prescribe you medications that lessen acne and hair growth, as well as medicine that promotes ovulation to help regulate your menstrual cycle.

Living Empowered With PCOS

While receiving a diagnosis of PCOS can be overwhelming, it’s important to know that living a fulfilling and healthy life with PCOS is entirely within reach! Here is your guide to get started!

  1. Manage your diet. If you are living with PCOS, it is important to reduce your intake of carbohydrates and foods high in sugar. Managing your diet can start with small changes, such as opting for brown rice instead of white, or swapping out a can of soda for a glass of water. 
  1. Incorporate physical activity. Do not be afraid, you do not need a gym membership or vigorous exercise routines to have a lasting impact on your health. Set aside at least twenty minutes of your day and walk a few times around your block. This is a great routine if you have limited time and resources!
  2. Get tested for Type 2 Diabetes. Many women with PCOS also have insulin resistance, a hallmark of Type 2 Diabetes.2 Managing diabetes may improve your PCOS symptoms. Speak with your provider and advocate for Type 2 Diabetes screening.
  3. Explore your resources. Learn more about resources available for women with PCOS through non-profit organizations such as PCOS Challenge. Joining a community of those with the same diagnosis can offer an avenue of support and upliftment. 

The recommendations above are a great starting point for managing your PCOS. Schedule an appointment with us for PCOS screening and comprehensive PCOS management from diabetes screening to medically managed weight loss!

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 PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) and Diabetes. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Published March 24, 2020. Accessed July 8, 2023.

Z. Gunja, Evan D. Gumas, and Reginald D. Williams II, “The U.S. Maternal Mortality Crisis Continues to Worsen: An International Comparison,” To the Point (blog), Commonwealth Fund, Dec. 1, 2022.

Multiple Pregnancy. Accessed June 23, 2023.

About Dr. Peggy Roberts:

Dr. Peggy Roberts is a board certified, New York licensed Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. She has spent over a decade caring for women of all ages. She has extensive experience in preventative medicine for women, high-risk pregnancies, other medicine and aesthetics.

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