What Are The Pros and Cons to Medical vs. Lifestyle Solutions for PCOS

Dear Robin: Hi. My name is Miriam and I’m 22 years old. I do not know if I have PCOS but I have some symptoms like weight gain, hirsutism, and anxiety. I would like to know if there is any medical solution except for changing your diet and sleep habits and what are the pros/cons to both of these plans.

I’d love if you can answer my question as I have very limited information due to the internet not being the most reliable source.

Thank you. ~ Miriam

Dear Miriam: If you have symptoms of androgen excess like hirsutism then you have PCOS.

There is no medical solution for symptoms of weight gain, hirsutism and anxiety. In fact, all the drugs that might be prescribed for these symptoms can cause more harm than good. Especially in the long run. And once you stop, you’re right back where you started, or maybe even worse off (i.e. with anti-anxiety meds we now know they lead to dementia and Alzheimers, and with Metformin we know that it’s a hormone disruptor).

Your symptoms require a take-charge approach. You have to learn how to best take care of your body in order for these symptoms to go away. Your body is telling you that it needs more self-care right now.

It’s not an easy approach – that’s for sure! But it’s the only way.

What’s so cool about learning how to eat for YOU, learning about the best form of exercise to balance hormones, understanding and managing cravings better, etc. is that you’ll not only look better, but you’ll feel so much better. For life. Not just for a few weeks or months.

In my 20s, I was overweight with acne, depression and anxiety PLUS horrible brain fog and fatigue. It was a nightmare. Once I discovered that it was all up to me how I felt, I dug in and figured it out. I feel much younger today than I ever felt in my 20s. I sure wish I had know what to do back then.

Get started on the natural approach Miriam. Just by lowering insulin through diet and some of the things I noted above, you’ll see some really nice changes.

In 10 years you’ll look back and be so proud of yourself. ~ Robin

 

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