According to WomensHealth.gov, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, more commonly known as PCOS, is a common health problem caused by an imbalance of reproductive hormones and one of the leading causes of infertility among women of child-bearing age. According to us, it’s an unwelcome interloper on many women’s path to parenthood.
While science does not know how to cure PCOS, scientists are learning more and more about how to combat the symptoms and treat the underlying causes. Here are some of our favorite resources for those looking to learn more about their options:
PCOS Challenge Support Network
At over 50,000 women strong, PCOS Challenge: The National Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association is the top non-profit organization providing patient support and advocacy for girls and women with PCOS. Join them virtually at PCOSChallenge.org
FertilityAnswers Genetic Wellness Kit + App
Our Prenatal DNA Report covers the 14 PCOS variants identified by a multi-institutional team including Cambridge University and Massachusetts General, recently published in PLOS Genetics. Want to learn more, we got you! Not quite ready for the Wellness Kit? No worries. The FertilityAnswers app is the best place to find answers online. We have over 200 experts awaiting your anonymous questions. Whatcha waiting for?
Resolve is a wonderful nonprofit organization and an invaluable source for all things related to infertility and related conditions. From their support groups to this incredibly helpful breakdown of the condition, we can’t recommend Resolve enough.
PCOS and High BMI
It’s sometimes very hard to lose weight when you have PCOS. While our genetic test helps you understand which part you can blame on genetics, our science team found a clinical weight management program with specific research about mitigating the drivers of and even reversing insulin resistance with this program. Learn more at www.rite4life.com
Keep updated with research
Science is always evolving and improving regarding PCOS. Stay up to date through Google alerts and websites such as ASRM, HealthLine and Mayo Clinic. All three platforms are supported by a team of scientists and are updated frequently as research evolves.
Resource to keep your eye on
As of publishing, the ava bracelet is not approved for those with PCOS or those who have cycles of more than 35 days. However, they are currently doing clinical trials and hope to release the results in the near-ish future. So this is one to keep your eye on, for sure. Especially for those who are looking for more natural ways of conceiving.
PCOS can sometimes feel like a lonely diagnosis, but it does not have to be. Please join us this month – and beyond – as we work to increase the conversation and increase awareness. Let us know how you are getting involved in the comments.