Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a debilitating condition which affects around 1 in 10 women in the UK. Those affected are faced with fertility complications, hormonal imbalances and hugely uncomfortable symptoms.
This is a topic that is close to my heart. As a fellow PCOS sufferer, I can tell you that I understand and sympathise greatly with this condition. In fact, it is one of the main reasons that I have decided to work in Women`s health.
Did you know that in our ancient ancestors day, women who were most probably PCOS sufferers were often among the leaders of their community.
Other women in their community would be having children almost annually. Their bodies would be physically more tired, drained and malnourished. Our PCOS heroines back then, would have less children (if any) and had the added benefit of being physically stronger due to having higher testosterone.
It was thought that they had been 'chosen' to be less fertile and have physical strength to be leaders and they were very much respected. They were seen as strong, capable and forces to be reckoned with.
If you are a PCOS sufferer, this is hard to imagine. The pain can be excruciating, the bleeding can be debilitating and the long list of other symptoms can be life-restricting and emotionally extremely upsetting.
A genetic condition
PCOS is thought to be a genetic condition. This means that If you have been diagnosed with it, you were most probably born with the gene. It has probably been in your bloodline right back to those heroic women I mentioned earlier. Unfortunately, as it is genetic, there is no cure. However, there are effective ways of managing it and putting it into remission. I know about this first hand because I have done just that.
Having the PCOS gene doesn`t mean that you are going to develop the condition, it means that you are more likely to develop it if the environmental factors are right to 'switch it on'. Environmental factors are things like lifestyle, stress, sugar intake, poor gut health, hormonal birth control, environmental toxins and most importantly, malnutrition. Whilst this may sound a bit scary, the good news is that this means you can effectively 'switch off' the PCOS gene by altering these environmental factors and enjoy a life with less pain and suffering.
Diet and lifestyle
I can't explain enough to you what a difference you can make to living with PCOS, by re-evaluating your diet and lifestyle and replenishing depleted nutrients. You can read more about my story here.
There's no magic pill and it will require effort on your part, but if you are ready to make the change, then I`m here to help you.
PCOS is a condition that you will need to keep on top of for the rest of your child bearing years and sometimes beyond. It takes constant vigilance and assessment of your diet and lifestyle or it is easy to slip back to the old symptoms. Remember, you can`t change the gene, but you can make it sleepy, and with a little help you will be able to thrive again and live more vibrantly.