What is Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
PCO or PCOS is the female condition of having high testosterone.
This may or MAY NOT result in the development of cysts on the ovaries. The name can be misleading.
PCO as it is abreviated to is due to high levels of the male hormone testosterone, and often estrogen in women.
It can result in many signs and symptoms which are listed below.
What are the symptoms of PCOS?
The symptoms vary. Medical diagnosis is based on a criteria of having cysts on your ovaries as diagnosed by an ultrasound.
Other very classic symptoms include:
How do you diagnose PCOS?
Medical your doctor will request an ultrasound of your pelvis and look for cysts on your ovaries.
I have a quiz you can do here Questionnaire for FHD
OR a saliva test is very accurate - usually showing high or higher than normal testosterone levels.
You can order a saliva test here.
What causes PCOS?
I have dedicated my career to finding out why testosterone raises in women. And I didn't have to look far.
Testosterone elevation in women is due to a few factors:
After helping women for over 16 years in my natural medicine clinic I can tell you the best way is to manage the causes. If the cause is stress, try to stress less - which means have more fun, more relaxation, less time pressures, do hobbies, switch off from work, meditate.
If the cause is an adaptive one (ie you work with loads of men) try not to be masculine when not at work (wear dresses, do girly stuff). This is not meant to be anti-feminist - it just works.
If you are eating too many carbohydrates and even comfort eating, or unconsciously eating, check out my 8 week life transformational program. It is designed to lower sugars and carbs, and help you eat intuitively and fall in love with food. You can check it out here.
If you exercise a lot just be aware that excessive exercise and "ripping" stuff, "shredding" smashing" are very masculine terms and when you are not "flogging" yourself try to refeminise. There is much more on this in my best selling book here.
I also offer a PCOS solutions package. It includes my book, a download for meditation, a weeks eating example and clip with Dr Michael Flynn. You can check it out here.
This is a fifteen minute clip I made with Dr Flynn. It focuses on fertility but gives you an idea of the different approaches to managing PCOS