More Sleep – More Good Hormones!

Today’s hectic lifestyle calls for less sleep and more productivity. The saying “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” is common among college students trying to ace exams, young professionals attempting to maintain a work/life balance, and parents trying to keep up with their little ones. But for women who have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and are […]

Must I Increase My Dose of Metformin to Lose Weight?

Weight loss is an integral aspect of improving Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS, in women who are overweight. Carrying extra weight can cause the condition’s symptoms to become more severe, and can even increase the level of Insulin Resistance (IR) that a woman experiences.1 IR occurs when the body’s cells become desensitized to insulin, preventing […]

Suspect that You May Have PCOS? Get These Specific Blood Tests!

Despite the abundance of technological advancements in the field of medicine, doctors still know relatively little about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Because this illness presents with such a variety of symptoms, coming to a firm diagnosis can be quite tricky. In fact, healthcare professionals often take the approach of ruling out other conditions, rather than […]

Could Metformin Actually Make Insulin Resistance Worse?

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS, and Insulin Resistance (IR) often occur simultaneously. While the connection between these two conditions is, as of yet, not entirely clear, researchers have determined that IR can lead to PCOS and diabetes.1 Metformin, or Glucophage, is commonly prescribed for both of these disorders, as it is assumed to reduce IR […]

High Protein Diet and PCOS: What You Don’t Know May Surprise You

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS, is a condition that often leads to weight gain and, in many cases, obesity.1 Because obesity can lead to serious health concerns, such as an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes, many healthcare professionals suggest that women who have PCOS follow a PCOS diet in order to lose excess […]

Is it Harder for Women with PCOS to Diet and Lose Weight?

Women who have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS, may find that they have to try twice as hard to lose half the weight. While losing weight is always going to be an uphill battle, no matter what an individual’s health, women who have this condition face a particularly difficult challenge. Unfortunately, weight gain is a […]

Best PCOS Diet: Should I Limit Carbs?

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS, is often caused by Insulin Resistance (IR). IR occurs when the body’s cells do not respond to insulin, resulting in a spike in blood sugar and a hormonal imbalance.1 To fight the effects of IR and PCOS, which include a long list of both physically and emotionally distressing symptoms, women […]

What Hormones are Imbalanced in PCOS?

Diagnosing Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS, is not a completely straightforward task. Because there is no one test that can detect the presence of this condition, healthcare professionals must often rule out other, more testable disorders before making a diagnosis.1 Most notably, they will look for cystic ovaries and a hormonal imbalance.

What Is the LH/FSH Ratio and Why Does it Matter in PCOS?

A hallmark of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS, is a hormonal imbalance resulting from excess androgen levels, or increased amounts of male hormones. When this happens, an unusually high amount of testosterone and other male hormones is present. But does this imbalance also affect the levels of female hormones, such as Luteinizing Hormone and Follicle […]

What Are the Symptoms of Ovarian Cysts?

A hallmark of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS, cystic ovaries occur when pockets, often filled with fluid, develop on the outside of an ovary.1 One of many PCOS symptoms, ovarian cysts are not always experienced by women who have this condition; however, they are common. Often a result of Insulin Resistance, PCOS is associated with […]