PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) is something that can go undetected in a woman for quite some time. Reason being because not every woman will have the same exact symptoms or experience any of the symptoms with the same degree of intensity. There is no cookie cutter diagnosis for this, what is known is a basic checklist that doctors tend to stick with.
- Irregular/no periods–Anywhere from 9 periods a year to none could signify PCOS. Some women get regular periods but do not ovulate. When periods do come they are typically very heavy. Though some do experience very little to no cramping, it depends on every woman. Each month is never going to be same, for me I alternate between heavy and barely there. Where cramps double me over in pain or leave me wondering if I’m actually having my monthly cycle at all. I have had months where I skip my period all together, but that’s less often now since I treat the symptoms naturally.
- Acne–this isn’t your run of the mill teenage acne or I forgot to remove my make up acne. This type of acne is very often difficult to cure with topical treatment.
- Hair Loss–Some PCOS women tend to experience a male pattern baldness. Others just have to do deal with some annoying hair loss. Not just a few strands, I’m talking handfuls, cleaning the hairbrush only to fill it up again after brushing your hair the next time. It can be very depressing, difficult to manage, and embarrassing.
- Facial/Back/Chest/Stomach Hair Growth–Understanding that everyone to a certain point has hair growth in those areas. Peach fuzz isn’t the problem. What makes this abnormal is when the hair that is growing is longer than just peach fuzz, covering large areas on the chest, back, neck, and face. I used to tell myself that all women grow hair on their breasts and between them and that it was perfectly normal. Boy was I wrong! Thanks to the higher levels of testosterone women like me get to deal with extra hair growth in areas that it shouldn’t be. There are ways to deal with it, manage, and ultimately remove it but the latter is very expensive and no guarantee that it will last.
- Obesity–It’s easy to assume someone is overweight because she overeats. That she doesn’t know how to say no to junk food and doesn’t care about her health. Couldn’t be further from the truth. PCOS works against the female body, it makes it extremely difficult to lose the weight but oh so easy to gain it. Especially in the midsection!
- Infertility–PCOS can greatly hinder your chances for getting pregnant, but one thing that most women do not realize is that conceiving a child when you have endocrine issues isn’t fair to the child. I should know, I have a child and he’s got a less than stellar thyroid and some weight issues. I don’t personally want to have any more kids for fear of passing on a worse endocrine disorder and possible infertility issues on to more children. I can’t stand having it myself and knowing that my child has it to a degree pains me. I know having a baby is beautiful, wonderful, they are a gift from God, but in the end it isn’t worth passing on similar disorder to future offspring and perpetuating the problem.
- High cholesterol and blood pressure–True you don’t have to have PCOS to have this, but PCOS women are more prone to it because of how PCOS affects the body overall. This is why diets don’t work, one must change the way one eats for life. Whole foods, gluten-free, lower carbs, limiting or removing artificial sweeteners all together. Going as organic as possible, natural isn’t enough especially with the meat.
Lower Carb Recipe:
Tonight, Dad decided to grill out for Labor Day weekend. He did up some steaks for him and the boys, and I marinated some boneless chicken breasts which were fabulous!
After thawing three chicken breasts, I rinsed them and patted them dry. Rubbed my favorite McCormick grill seasoning on both sides, placed them into a quart size ziploc bag with a splash of lemon juice, some peanut oil, a little dried rosemary and dried thyme. Mush it around and let it marinade for two hours turning the bag over every half hour.
I let Dad work his grill magic and it all came out tender, juicy, not dry at all, and full of flavor!
This can be served up with your favorite vegetables and dressing. I kept it simple, a little tomato, organic cucumbers, and some ranch dressing. I am kicking myself for not having made extra for the rest of the week but Friday will be here before I know it 😉
The only carbs that I can think of that are present in this dish is from the dressing and tomatoes. If you have been good all day that little bit isn’t going to do too much damage. Add some berries if you like, pine nuts for a little extra nutty crunch, and use your favorite dressing (I know blue cheese is popular with many).
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