PCOs Symptoms & Diagnosis
I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOs) at the end of 2015. I had stopped taking the birth control pill so that my husband and I could start a family. For the first time in my life I had acne, ovarian cysts, anovulatory (no ovulation) cycles and menstrual cycles that would be 40 days or longer, normal is 26-32 days. I assumed my body was just out of whack from stopping the pill but after a few months I knew something wasn’t right so I went to an OBGYN. She diagnosed me with PCOs.
I firmly believe I have pill-induced PCOs. That is exactly what it sounds like. Basically the birth control pill suppresses the communication between the brain and ovaries which stops ovulation. When most women stop the pill, this communication starts back up along with regular ovulation and regular periods. Some women, however, will experience ovulation suppression for months or even years after the pill. This means they won’t have a period at all or will have very long cycles. Most doctors swear that this is impossible but most doctors are also very ignorant when it comes to PCOs and the fact that all women respond differently to birth control.
There is no cure for PCOs but it can be managed and there are different degrees of severity, just like any syndrome or disease. My PCOs is totally under control now with very few symptoms. I went to the doctor in January and had a full work up done. Everything came back totally normal and I had no cysts on my ovaries. That is the first time in THREE years that I have been totally healthy along with having normal cycles and regular ovulation.
I have a deep respect for doctors so I don’t mean to be rude when I say this but my doctors did nothing to heal my PCOS. I have seen two different ones, one is a fertility specialist, and they have never offered any advice on how to manage or improve my symptoms. They are totally focused on fertility drugs that my body doesn’t even need when it’s healthy. My endless amounts of research and trial and error is what has healed my PCOs.
I’m going to tell you exactly what supplements I take and why. I am NOT a doctor, herbalist or any kind of medical professional. You need to do your own research and what worked for me might not work for you. I will be linking to credible sites, mostly the website Natural Fertility Info, for everything I mention. I have broken everything I take into two seperate groups but they’re not in any specific order and I take them all together. I do decrease the amount I take of some of these supplements when I’m in my two week wait after ovulation because I am trying to get pregnant. I won’t really be going into that because this post is just about how I manage my PCOs; however, managing PCOs and trying to conceive do go hand in hand.
- Ovasitol– I strongly feel that out of everything I take, Ovasitol has made the biggest difference. Ovasitol is a supplement designed for women with PCOS. It is a combination of D-Chiro and Myo-inositol in a 40:1 ratio. Myo-inositol is important for improving egg quality and ovarian function. D-Chiro has been shown to address the insulin resistance commonly seen in PCOS. I personally am not insulin resistant but this of course doesn’t hurt. I take this every morning and evening.
- Prenatal Multivitamin– Everybody should be taking a multivitamin and it’s common sense to take a prenatal vitamin when you’re pregnant. However, it’s also important to take a prenatal before you’re pregnant because the increased folic acid in them can help prevent birth defects like Spina Bifida.
- Vitamin D– My doctor actually recommended I take Vitamin D 125 mcg because mine was low. It’s VERY common for women with PCOs to have low Vitamin D. Low Vitamin D has also been linked to ovulation problems.
- Omega-3– Omega-3 acids have been shown to help fertility by helping to regulate hormones in the body, increase cervical mucus, promote ovulation, and overall improve the quality of the uterus by increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs.
- Melatonin– I originally started taking Melatonin to help me sleep but then I found out that it has fertility benefits. It has been proven that Melatonin has strong antioxidant benefits that help protect the cells and eggs. Melatonin also helps control body temperature, the timing and release of female reproductive hormones, and possibly egg quality.
- Probiotic– I take a probiotic supplement because good gut bacteria is important for health in general. Low gut flora has also been linked to PCOs and other inflammatory diseases.
- Potassium– Potassium is a tricky but very important supplement. Too much potassium can be very dangerous so the necessity of this supplement is entirely dependent on your diet. I eat very low carb/keto so I don’t get a ton of potassium from my diet which is why I decided to supplement with it. I take three 99 mg pills, so 297 mg. The current recommended dietary intake of potassium is 4,700 milligrams daily so I’m sure I’m still not getting enough. Low levels of potassium have been linked to ovarian cysts so I supplement with it to help prevent those.
- Turmeric Curcumin– I take 1,500 mg of Turmeric Curcumin daily. It’s a potent antioxidant that protects the liver. This is important because liver health is critical for hormonal balance. Turmeric also helps with inflammation which can help with pain from PCOs, ovarian cysts and fibroids.
- CoQ10– Different studies have shown that CoQ10 can improve egg health and some studies have even said that CoQ10 can work like a natural version of Clomid.
PCOs affects the entire body so it’s important to treat your entire body. Diet and exercise are also really important, especially diet. Eating a low carb diet has helped me so much and I will probably make a post about that in the next few months. I hope this gave you some helpful information! If you have PCOs I’d love to know how you treat yours! I’m also including a devotional I read this month down below because I believe spiritual health is as important as physical health. Thank you for reading and have a great day!
I truly love the verse Isaiah 41:10. Fear and dismay are very common emotions when it comes to health issues, like PCOs, so this verse helps me to remember where my strength comes from.