Natural lifestyle changes to treat your PCOS

PCOS symptom relief alternatives to The Pill
Instead of popping pills charged with synthetic hormones everyday, opt for more sustainable alternatives, such as changes to your diet, essential oils and perhaps acupuncture.

    Instead of resorting to prescription pills, focus on lifestyle changes, which can improve PCOS symptoms. For instance, this list provides the do’s and don’t for controlling your PCOS.

    – alcohol
    – nicotine
    – caffeine
    – sugar
    – processed foods
    – dairy products
    as they cause inflammation

    – broccoli
    – cabbage
    – kale
    – brussel sprouts
    – celery
    – cucumber
    – lettuce
    – spinach
    – radishes
    as they are good for managing estrogen levels
    – nuts
    – seeds
    – sprouts
    – spirulina
    – legumes
    – beans
    as they are plant-based protein good for keeping your blood sugar, weight and hormones under control

    Geranium oil
    will help you with your exhaustion and releases the correct amount of hormones into your body.Lavender oil
    will help you relax and decrease the chances of you developing PCOS-related depression
    There have been numerous studies that prove the benefit of acupuncture for treating PCOS. In the 2321 cases of PCOS studied, it has been found that acupuncture is just as effective as Western medicine in managing PCOS symptoms. Research found that acupuncture, as well as acupuncture combined with Chinese herbal medicines, are helpful in in reducing PCOS effects on the body such as insulin resistance, testosterone and weight!

If you have any other solutions to relieving PCOS symptoms sound off in the comment section and encourage women to research alternatives to the oral contraceptive pill.


Wrapping up #PCOSawarenessmonth

pcosSeptember was a month that gave women the perfect excuse to wear teal nail polish, all while embracing Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and raising awareness to it. With over 198 tweets this year, #PCOSawarenessmonth was able to reach people from all corners of the globe – from the United States to South Africa to China and to our homeland, Australia!
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And what was most exciting is that 24% of contributors were male.
Screen Shot 2015-09-29 at 11.24.23 pmIt’s great to see men getting involved in women’s health, as PCOS could affect their partners, mothers or even daughters. You shouldn’t be surprised if someone you love is affected by PCOS since 1 in 10 women between the ages of 18 to 44 have the hormone disorder.

So what exactly is PCOS?
In scientific terms, PCOS is when your body does not produce high enough levels of estrogen. This causes you to have ‘hyperandrogenism’ aka abnormally high testosterone levels (male sex hormone), which may cause ovulation to stop making it more difficult to have children. And for women that are able to fall pregnant, with PCOS they have an increased risk of miscarriage.

Or in short, PCOS is when you have imbalanced female sex hormones.

What are the consequences of PCOS?
– irregular or absence of menstrual periods
– acne, hormonal break outs
– weight gain/obesity/ difficulty losing weight
– excess hair growth
– depression
– cysts in ovaries
– difficulty getting pregnant
– miscarriages
– infertility

The Oral contraceptive pill and PCOS
Unfortunately, many women are frequently prescribed the pill as the first line of defence for their PCOS. The pill lowers testosterone levels in women with PCOS. This is pivotal for those with PCOS as testosterone at abnormally high levels is what triggers excess hair growth and acne as well as prevents ovulation. The intake of the pill will allow the user to temporarily regulate these symptoms and the symptoms listed above. Emphasis on the ‘temporarily’, as the truth is OCPs do NOT cure PCOS. Sadly, there is yet to be a PCOS. The disorder remains incurable and once the user gets off the pill, their PCOS symptoms will continue to affect them.

Women and their personal PCOS journeys
This is Liz Marie, who was diagnosed with PCOS at 25. Her raw and honest blog post will be of comfort and inspiration for those with PCOS and have had difficulty getting pregnant. You can find her post here:

And here is Amber Benge who managed to treat her PCOS by restoring hormonal balance in her body without prescription pills. Amber is a remarkable testament of treating PCOS symptoms naturally and holistically. You can find her here:

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