4 Types of PCOS & How to Know Which One You Have (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)
Many women with PCOS come to me saying they felt totally overwhelmed and confused and with all the (mis)information out there and had no idea where to start. One of the first steps to gaining clarity and control over your PCOS is in finding and addressing the underlying causes of your symptoms.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common hormonal conditions affecting 6-21% of women of reproductive age worldwide (so girl, you are not alone!). PCOS can affect hormones, fertility, skin, cardiovascular health and metabolism. That's why PCOS is called a syndrome, rather than a disease, as each woman presents a little differently. And why we now understand there are four different "phenotypes" of PCOS. Having PCOS increases your risk of:
- insulin resistance
- type-2 diabetes and gestational diabetes (in pregnancy)
- fatty liver
- high cholesterol
- cardiovascular disease
The good news is that we can reduce these risks and potentially reverse the symptoms of PCOS through nutrition and lifestyle, and live happy healthy lives! To be diagnosed with PCOS, you need to have at least any 2 of the following 3 criteria:
- Delayed ovulation or menstrual cycles (i.e. irregular periods or menstrual cycles 35 days or longer)
- Hyperandrogenism (i.e. high levels of androgens - DHEAS, testosterone, androstenedione)
- Polycystic ovaries on ultrasound
HERE IS A QUICK OVERVIEW OF THE 4 PCOS TYPES (YOU CAN BE 1 OR A MIX OF THESE TYPES OF PCOS):1. Insulin Resistant PCOS
HOW CAN A NUTRITIONIST HELP YOU ON YOUR PCOS JOURNEY?
Whilst there are a number of evidence-based treatment options for PCOS women, there is no one-size fits all solution.That’s why I’m so dedicated to helping people like you with my unique approach with PCOS by addressing your underlying causes, guiding you to understand your unique body, establishing daily habits to eat for symptom reversal and balanced hormones without diets, and creating a supportive lifestyle to sustain long-term success so you can thrive!If you're feeling uncertain and would like to learn more about how I can help you gain clarity and control of your PCOS with nutrition and lifestyle, book your complimentary wellness discovery call and let me answer your questions.
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