The Phenotypes of PCOS

Did you know there are different types of PCOS? They’re called “phenotypes” on the technical side. And PCOS is considered a “condition” or “syndrome” because women present with different symptoms.

Polycystic ovary syndrome is considered one of the most common endocrine disorders in women of reproductive age causing menstrual and fertility issues, as well as metabolic, cardiovascular and reproductive risks. And if not addressed with food, nutrient and lifestyle modifications, the associated symptoms carry on well into menopause and can become life-threatening.

The different types of PCOS depends on the resource. Next week I’ll give you the steps to address each one.

Where do you fit in?

The four Rotterdam PCOS phenotypes are as follows:

  1. Polycystic ovaries on ultrasound, high androgen levels and irregular menstrual cycles (also referred to as “PCOS Complete”)
  2. Polycystic ovaries on ultrasound and irregular menstrual cycles
  3. High androgen levels and irregular menstrual cycles
  4. High androgen levels and polycystic ovaries on ultrasound

The four PCOS phenotypes according to Fiona McCullough, ND are:

  1. Type A (Classic PCOS): high androgen levels/androgenic signs, irregular periods/delayed ovulation, polycystic ovaries
  2. Type B (Classic PCOS): high androgen levels/androgenic signs, irregular periods/delayed ovulation, normal ovaries
  3. Type C (Non-Classic PCOS): high androgen levels/androgenic signs, regular periods – 35 days or shorter cycles/ovulation, polycystic ovaries
  4. Type D (Non-Classic PCOS): Normal androgens, irregular periods/delayed ovulation, polycystic ovaries

The four types of PCOS according to Lara Briden, ND are:

  1. Insulin – resistance: elevated insulin, glucose levels, abnormal glucose tolerance test, may have elevated LH
  2. Pill-induced PCOS: the birth control pill suppresses ovulation. Usually ovulation will resume once the pill is discontinued but sometimes it can take months or even years
  3. Inflammatory PCOS: results from chronic immune activation caused by stress, environmental toxins, intestinal permeability and inflammatory foods.
  4. Hidden-cause PCOS: something that’s blocking ovulation like too much soy, thyroid disease, a vegetarian diet, iodine deficiency, artificial sweeteners, low carb diet (she calls it “too little starch”)

Which “type” describes you? Which do you resonate more with?

Next week I’ll show you how to make sense out of all of this.


Next Steps

Becoming victorious over the symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is not easy, but you can overcome your PCOS symptoms to live the life you deserve.

It takes strength, courage, and perseverance. It can be challenging and that’s why Insulite Health created this website. It's has information and resources that will help you balance your hormones and reverse PCOS symptoms.

So take these next steps now! Use the links below to learn how to make the changes that will transform your health and your life forever.

  1. Read more about PCOS. Search our 1300 page PCOS library.
  2. Join our Facebook Group right now!  Pose your questions to this group of like-minded women and get the support you need.
  3. Take the PCOS Quiz! Get your PCOS score and assess your risk.  
  4. Learn more about the Insulite 5-Element PCOS Solution

Insulite Health, is committed to helping women reverse their symptoms of hormone imbalance. Scientific research has revealed that this imbalance can be a primary cause of many devastating health symptoms. Hormone Imbalance can also underlie the increased risk factors for PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) - a major source of serious diseases as well as cause of excess weight gain, adult acne, unwanted facial hair, depression, anxiety, and heartbreaking female infertility.

©Insulite Health, Inc., empowers women with PCOS to transform their lives through a process of healing with the 5-Element PCOS System – a complete solution for helping women reverse the symptoms of PCOS and hormone imbalance.