PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) will not end today just because yesterday was the last day of September. PCOS is a chronic syndrome. It’s a lifelong syndrome.

Maybe that sounds scary.

If you’re tempted to ignore the symptoms and implications of PCOS, here are a couple of very UNSCARY facts.

Facts About PCOS Symptoms

  1. PCOS symptoms respond resoundingly well to changed food choices.
  2. PCOS symptoms and related health problems can be altered in a positive way with regular exercise.
  3. PCOS is a very treatable condition.
  4. The prognosis for having a baby with PCOS is very good.

PCOS & Stress

Read more about PCOS thoughts, shared by Lisa Schuman, LCSW, Director of Mental Health Services at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT):

The relationship between stress and PCOS is complicated. Your doctor and nutritionist are the best experts to provide a detailed explanation on how PCOS affects you personally. It's important to be well informed and have a good working relationship with these professionals. Some basic facts to know:

  • Women with PCOS have low progesterone and stress depletes that hormone.
  • Cortisol is released in times of stress and it gets synthesized from progesterone.
  • Women who have PCOS can have higher leveled of cortisol, even if they are not overweight. 
  • Women who have PCOS can have higher levels of stress and anxiety.
  • High cortisol levels cause insulin resistance and insulin resistance is a hallmark problem for women with PCOS.  

Managing PCOS Stress

What can you do?

  • Yoga and mindful activities can be restorative psychologically and biochemically. 
  • Going to bed by 10:00 pm can be helpful biochemically and emotionally. 
  • Reducing processed carbohydrates and eating natural, whole grain foods as a part of your regular food plan -will have an emotional and biochemical benefit. 
  • Just say no to those stressful situations and protect your boundaries. Reducing stress is to your advantage emotionally, biochemically and psychologically.
  • See a therapist to help you learn good stress management tools to help you manage your life and treatment effectively. 
  • See a nutritionist and physician who understands PCOS.

In the busy lives we lead, much attention goes to work, family and friends.  The most important goal you have is keeping your health in check. 

Check in with us any time. We are here to help.  

Topics: PCOS, PCOS Clinic

Lisa Rosenthal

Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.

Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.

Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.

Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.

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