Don’t you just love it when your body throws a curveball at you? A PCOS diagnosis may leave you feeling like you’re playing a never-ending game of “Now what?” But fear not bestie! I’ve got your back 👯♀️
PCOS is a name for a group of symptoms – it is not a disease or a *reason* for symptoms. It is the NAME of the symptoms. So what does PCOS actually mean?
PCOS means you are experiencing high androgen output and you probably aren’t ovulating properly, but the important factor to consider is why this is happening…
PCOS isn’t a “why” – it is a broad diagnosis that doesn’t provide answers. Instead, we have to start digging into the drivers of the PCOS.
There are 4 different types of PCOS…
This is the most common type of PCOS and it means that insulin levels in the body are too high. The best way to test for it is with a fasting insulin test.
This occurs when there’s a surge in androgens after getting off of certain types of hormonal birth control. Before considering post-pill PCOS, it is important to rule out insulin-resistant PCOS first and also consider when you got off of HBC and what your hormones were like prior to that.
Chronic inflammation can stimulate an overproduction of testosterone. We’re looking for both symptoms of PCOS and inflammation. We can test for levels of inflammation in the body through labs and before considering inflammatory PCOS, we want to rule out insulin-resistant PCOS and post-pill PCOS.
Elevated DHEAS can be a sign of Adrenal PCOS. We also want to make sure we’ve ruled out insulin resistance, post-pill PCOS, and inflammatory PCOS prior to considering Adrenal PCOS.
👀 Here’s what’s next after a PCOS diagnosis to help you feel in charge 💪 of your health:
STEP 1: Build those hot girl habits – We’re getting to work on building habits for a healthy lifestyle that supports your body and hormones no matter what type of PCOS you have. Think workouts, restful sleep, and keeping that blood sugar in check ✅
🤝 STEP 2: Get to know your PCOS – Each type of PCOS comes with its own needs, so figuring out which one you have can help you stay one step ahead of any pesky triggers 💅 For instance if insulin-resistant PCOS is your thing, you may want to put some extra energy into supporting those blood sugar levels.
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Here’s what we’re covering:
🩸 The role of various hormones in the body, including estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and cortisol.
🚩 Red flags that could indicate you may point towards a hormone imbalance, such as irregular periods, mood swings, and weight gain.
🏁 Where to start your hormone health journey
🦋 What Hormone Bootcamp is all about and whether it’s right for you
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Calee Shea is a Holistic Health Practioner based in Atlanta, Georgia. She is your go-to gal for all things periods, vaginal health, and sex.