Community members often post questions on the Plus Mommy Facebook page about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). They are searching for plus size women PCOS stories and resources they can relate to. I don't have personal experience with PCOS so I've never blogged about it. Then it hit me – why not turn to an expert like Amy from PCOS Diva and ask the community to share their PCOS stories? So I did just that! Below you'll hear from Amy, see links to stories, and supportive resources.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Support
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common female endocrine (hormone) disorders and is a leading cause of female infertility. The condition is caused by an imbalance of a woman’s female sex hormones. It affects as many as 10-15% of women of all women, and half of women with PCOS actually are undiagnosed.
PCOS can cause irregular periods, weight gain, depression, mood swings, acne, excess facial and body hair growth, and ironically, hair loss. It can also cause the absence of ovulation, which can prevent a woman from conceiving.
I have often heard PCOS referred to as the “Thief of Womanhood.” If left unmanaged, it can rob you of your fertility, femininity, health and happiness. I understand this label and struggled with all of the PCOS symptoms. It wasn’t until I realized that a diagnosis isn’t the end of the world – it is a chance for a new beginning – that my real healing journey began. When I started taking care of myself, loving myself and making me a priority, I became a new woman. My husband started calling me a diva. What a compliment!
It's most often managed with prescription drugs like birth control and the diabetic drug Metformin, but there is another way. My mission is to help women take control of their own health and life and overall happiness. By altering your lifestyle and following my 5 Fundamentals of a PCOS Diva, you can reduce your symptoms naturally. After I started living the PCOS Diva lifestyle, I became pregnant naturally at the age of 37 and have a healthy little girl after having 2 boys, both conceived through fertility treatments.
5 PCOS Diva Fundamentals:
- Sizzle in the kitchen: Cook your own food. No crazy diets, just get in the kitchen and start cooking.
- Have discriminating tastes: Only clean whole foods allowed in your temple.
- Move it: Exercise. The more you move, the better you’ll feel.
- Practice extreme self-care: Love yourself and know you’re worth it.
- Be powerfully positive: Steer clear of perfectionism, self-sabotage, and negative self-talk.
The experience of healing myself and regaining my fertility, femininity, health, and happiness – and having a healthy little girl – truly launched my site. My daughter may inherit my PCOS genes and if she does, I want her to know that having it is not the negative thing I once thought it was. It is an opportunity to live life as a diva!
About the Author: Amy Medling, CHC is a health coach and founder of PCOSDiva.com, an online resource dedicated to helping women understand and manage the symptoms associated with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.