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When I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), I had no idea what this common condition was or how it worked despite having a background in Public Health. I did and still do spend hours googling to find new information. What I most desire is a one stop shop for information related to PCOS and since I can’t find one, I’ve decided I will create one. Basically, I want to do the googling for you!
This post is the first in my PCOS series. Because this is where I am in my life, over the next few months, I will write about my journey from PCOS diagnosis to healthy hormones with a few other topics sprinkled in.
In this post, I will share books and resources for you to read to bring you up to speed on PCOS. Unfortunately, I can’t vouch for all of them as I’m still working my way through the list to read them myself but I have seen them referenced many places and they have great reviews.
Comment below if you would like me to do a review series on the books below!
I want to delve into the definition of PCOS in a later post but since this is the first one, I will cover it quickly. PCOS or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a constellation of symptoms occurring together which are caused by a hormonal imbalance.1
While we don’t know the exact cause of PCOS, we do know that PCOS is caused by a hormone imbalance which causes the chain reaction of symptoms you experience. The following books provide a dearth of information about what hormones are involved with PCOS as well as how you can rebalance your hormones through diet and lifestyle changes.
The most common approach to treating PCOS symptoms is to prescribe hormonal birth control. Notice I said PCOS symptoms, hormonal birth control does not treat the underlying hormonal imbalance, instead it creates a steady state of artificial hormones so your body doesn’t have to do the work itself. For those reasons, people may want to take a non-hormonal approach to pregnancy avoidance while they work on lifestyle and diet changes to help their body regulate hormones. Below are two books where you can teach yourself the fertility awareness method. (Don’t worry! I’m going to do an entire post on the fertility awareness method).
As you begin to research PCOS, you will notice that there are many diets recommended to assist in PCOS remission. The problem with most diets is that they are not sustainable because they are highly restrictive and promote an unhealthy fixation on diet. Across different forums, I have seen women so stressed about their diet that they’ve developed disordered eating.
Between the mood swings and facial hair, PCOS can cause you to feel disconnected to your body. I’ve seen women refer to themselves as monsters. Many women start to feel self conscious about their weight or struggle with their sex drive. That’s why it is crucial to get and stay connected with your body.
Drop a comment below if you would be interested in joining a PCOS book club!