What Is PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)?
PCOS is something that kept on coming up during my weight loss consultations. Female clients would tell me, I have PCOS and that’s why I’m overweight. Or, the doctors told me that PCOS will make me gain weight. PCOS sounded like a life sentence. I was intrigued. So I set out to learn as much as I could about PCOS so I could help and in the process, discovered that women with PCOS can be in control of their weight.
Women that have a healthy weight tend to have more regular periods as they are less likely to have the insulin rich environment that blocks a healthy menstrual cycle. Regular periods in turn means improved fertility. A healthy weight also means less risk of gestational diabetes and the associated risks to the unborn child.
1 in 10 women have PCOS. The number of women diagnosed with PCOS is rising, with a rising number being in their teens. PCOS is not thought to be genetic, but may have more to do with life-style choices.. The rise of teenage obesity may be the link.
For those that are insulin resistant, they often struggle with weight gain and difficulty in losing weight. For those having difficulty conceiving, the first advice they receive from their doctors, and fertility specialists, is that they need to lose weight before they can become pregnant.
I can help women insulin resistant women with PCOS achieve and maintain a diet that improves their insulin issues before Type 2 diabetes occurs.
The fact is, there are many high profile women with PCOS who are mothers, and maintain a healthy weight. Victoria Beckham and Jools Oliver being the public faces of PCOS.
Why Does PCOS Impact Fertility?
The follicles that develop in a normal ovary develop and release an egg or two, while the rest of the follicles simply die off. But if the blood stream is filled with insulin, the follicles will not die off. Their ovaries are riddles with follicles that have not developed properly and give a cyst like appearance along the ovary surface. This gives rise to the term, Polycystic. 1 in 10 women have PCOS, and for those that are insulin resistant, they often struggle with weight gain and difficulty in losing weight. For those having difficulty conceiving, the first advice they receive from their doctors, and fertility specialists, is that they need to lose weight before they can become pregnant.
I help insulin resistant overweight women with PCOS to make positive changes in their lives and have had huge successes in helping many people lose weight. There is no reason why a woman with PCOS cannot shed excess weight without rigid dieting. The insulin resistance does mean that a LOW GI choice of foods is desirable. Hypnosis can make it easy for you to simply want to eat these healthy choices and also banish emotional eating which drives us to food choices that are high in sugar and the wrong types of fats. Hi insulin levels make PCOS symptoms worse.
Symptoms of PCOS
PCOS symptoms include:
Weight gain, particularly around the abdomen
Increased hariness, also known as hirsuitism due to excess adrogens which are male hormones. Distressingly for some women, sometimes resulting in facial hair.
Male patter baldness or thinning hair (including eye-brows)
Acne and oily skin
Irregular or non-existent menstrual cycles.
Insulin resistance (which can lead to Type 2 Diabetes, if not brought under control)
PCOS can also have a drastic effect on moods and emotions, leading to stress and depression, as well as causing a low sex drive.
A combination of some or all of the above symptoms are known to affect fertility, the ability to conceive and / or the outcome of IVF for getting pregnant. Stress affects conception and increases the risk of miscarriages. This is why achieving a work life balance and reducing stress is important for my clients.
Whether you want to lose weight so you can get pregnant, or lose weight so you can reduce the risk of type 2 Diabetes, or just to drop a few dress sizes so you can look fabulous while on holiday, I am here to help you on your journey. I use a combination of mind-set tools including hypnotherapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Havening Techniques. Book an initial, no cost, consultation so we can decide if this course of treatment can help you overcome PCOS.
Call me on 0203 287 2055 to arrange your 30 minute pre-session consultation, which an also be via Skype to save you travel time. You can also use the contact form to register your interest in a free consultation.