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…

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 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…