Get out of here (hair)!

In the previous post, we had a look at the reasons why there is excessive facial and body hair in women with PCOS. Today, we will deal with the important aspect of how to get rid of it! Hair removal can be of two types: temporary or permanent. In this post, I will cover just…

The hairy tales of PCOS

  Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) seems to dole out varying sets of symptoms to every woman it affects. Irregular periods is the common complaint along with acne or oily skin, increase in body weight, excessive facial hair. skin tags and sometimes even type II diabetes. Since I hit puberty, I have been battling with excessive body…

Getting pregnant with PCOS: Temperature (BBT) charting

Getting pregnant and staying pregnant can be extremely challenging when you have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). When your periods are irregular and sometimes non existent, ovulation (release of egg from the ovary), which is the first and most important step in conception may not be taking place at all. Even if you are ovulating, how…

Indian PCOS meal plan

In the last post, we talked about the kind of food you should be eating in order to reduce your PCOS symptoms, whether you want to lose or maintain your weight. Today, lets try to simplify it and come up with what a good meal plan looks like when you are dealing with PCOS. I…

Dealing with PCOS: Diet

In order to lose weight with PCOS, along with exercise, I made some changes in my diet as well. The main thing I did, was to try to cut out the following as much as possible: Maida/ Refined flour Starchy vegetables : Potatoes, corn, peas, tapioca, pumpkin, yam Sugar Fried food/ snacks White rice/ white…

Dealing with PCOS: Exercise!

In 2014, I was the heaviest I had ever been at 71 kg and knew I wanted to lose around 10-11 kilos at least to get to where I wanted to be. The first thing I did, was to put exercise into my daily routine. Now, I was overweight, and wasn’t able to move my…

What is PCOS?

I’ve been writing about my ongoing experience with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). In this post, I want to write a little bit about the disease itself in as simple terms as possible. PCOS is one of the most common hormonal disorders affecting women in the 18-45 age group. It affects 1 in 10 to 1 in…

Dealing with PCOS: Part II – The weight loss saga

Bloated. Irritable. Overweight, hairy and miserable. Two years after my diagnosis with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) I was struggling with symptoms and my body showed no signs of changing. The doctor’s advice to lose weight and eat healthy went out of the window after a few months.  The OCPs (oral contraceptive pills) gave me the…

Dealing with PCOS: Part I – The dreaded diagnosis

No periods for 6 months. No spotting, no cramps, nothing.     At 17, this is what landed me at the gynecologist’s office. You may ask why I waited for 6 months. Part of it was embarrassment to discuss it with my mum and dad. The other part was that, since I’d gotten my first…