Hopefully my face says it all. DO NOT. I repeat DO NOT listen to the noise out there about PCOS. 🛑
Sure there is a lot we don’t know so it makes it hard to share accurate information. BUT there are things we do know and I’m here to tell you, any time someone (even your doctor) uses absolutes with you, thank them for their information, leave, and continue to do your research. (OR if you’re up for it, push back and ask them to back it up!) ✋
When someone tells you that because you have PCOS you HAVE to do (blank) or it’s BECAUSE of (blank). They’re wrong. And we know they’re wrong because we don’t actually have all the answers, so they are guessing. ⁉️
I didn’t listen when a doctor told me there was only one way to manage my PCOS. I researched, I read, I sought out other opinions, I leaned on my own education /training, and I slowly found ways to balance my hormones and reduce the severity of my symptoms. Ways that worked for me, my life, my goals, and addressing some of the root issues. You can too! 🙌🏻
Start by heading to my stories (or my IG hormonal health highlight) to see some of the most common myths broken down.
PCOS IS NOT…
... a life sentence.
... all encompassing.
... just about being able to get pregnant.
... something you did wrong.
... just another part of you.
I keep procrastinating on what I want my next PCOS post to be. Reality is there is just so much to unpack with a syndrome like this. So we’re going to do a little bit at a time, and hit it from a few different angles, and chip away. And then cover it again in a different way down the road.
For my followers that may not be as familiar with PCOS. PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. There is a lot of confusion, misrepresentation, and myths out there about PCOS. And a lot of that stems from the fact that we truly just don’t know that much about it, and only in the last 5-10 years have we really been starting to study it deeper.
A quick overview here and then keep an eye out on my stories tomorrow for some busting of the common myths! You can also check out the link in my bio for the story of my own journey with diagnosis and loving with PCOS.
PCOS is an endocrine disorder it is NOT gynecological disorder. But because of the impacts it can have on reproduction many people (including doctors) act as if it’s a gynecological/fertility issue. That’s only one small part of it, and it impacts so much more than whether or not someone can get pregnant.
PCOS is much more common than people realize. It impacts between 5-10% of women, but so often goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.
Because it is an endocrine disorder it can have a wide range of impacts and symptoms for individuals with it: fertility struggles, insulin resistance, male pattern hair growth, hormonal acne, hair loss, actual cysts on the ovaries.
There is no cure for PCOS and many times our doctors will react to it with a bandaid approach to just treat the symptoms. But there are things we can do to support our body’s response to PCOS, address some of the root issues, and not let the diagnosis and syndrome rule out lives!