I very much drive my own train with my PCOS care. I think with any chronic illness, something that’s hormone controlled and especially PCOS because it’s not very well understood. You have to be your number one health advocate. No one is going to do this for you if you let everybody else in your medical care team decide what is good for you without your own research or seeking out other personal experiences, you are going to get put on the PCOS as a standard of care and even my medical professional, which I’m so happy to have found her because she is in my same mindset with treating my PCOS.
If you don’t want to end up like everybody else, just managing your PCOS with a band-aid approach they are going to provide for you and you actually want to put it into remission, set that intention and tell your health care provider. Tell them what your goal is and if they don’t think remission with PCOS is possible, switch doctors because there are people out there who do believe you can and have seen it done. And I’m doing it all the time. I’m improving my PCOS constantly, like one step at a time. You have to break it down because PCOS, polycystic ovarian syndrome is not, isn’t anything other than a collection of symptoms. It’s not really anything particular like one single gene mutation or it’s obviously a disease and it’s not contagious.
What PCOS is a very critical hormonal access that happens between our pituitary, our hypothalamus, our thyroid, our ovaries, and adrenals.
Basically what happens with PCOS is that it impacts our testosterone and insulin levels and therefore we create too much testosterone for most of us. PCOS is being used broadly as a term to describe lots of hormonal imbalances right now as long as you are showing some kind of criteria for this diagnosis. To some people, my PCOS looks really different than other people’s PCOS. I have a very, very classic kind of textbook PCOS which is absent or missing periods.
My periods have been misbehaving they used to be super long, like 100 days, 90 days in between cycles or 80 days or 70 days. And finally now through Ketogenics, I’m got it down to 32 days. The second symptom is high androgens, high testosterone and androgen is just a derivative of testosterone. This can manifest in lots of ways. You can actually lose your hair. You can grow male pattern, hair growth on your body. Excessive weight on any kind of sign of androgen, excessive levels. The third symptom is cysts on your ovaries.
Right now I have normal cycles, which was step one. Thank you Keto. Currently, I am on step two, now that I’m cycling, I can work towards ovulation. And my doctor yesterday, based on my imaging, she said that if you’re cycling normally that there shouldn’t be any reason why you shouldn’t start ovulating. PCOS is so emotional and there can be so many things wrapped up in it, especially according to your symptoms. So of the three things that I mentioned, the periods, the excess androgens and assists, you only need two of the three symptoms to get diagnosed with PCOS.