PCOS Awareness | Treating PCOS with Diet & Exercise
September is PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) month and coverage continues with a news video showing a combination of a personal story and the medical aspects that led to a happy and successful outcome– a much wanted expanded family.
Dr. Joshua Hurwitz, board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) and Carolyn Gundell, MS (RMACT’s Lead Nutritionist) share their knowledge and expertise about the ways in which PCOS can successfully be controlled. This particular news segment is about trying to have a family, conceiving a baby, but Nia’s PCOS story started well before that.
Treatment for PCOS
Nia’s story begins at seventeen, when luckily, she was diagnosed with PCOS. Very often, there is no diagnosis for years and even decades, even after infertility is experienced, as many physicians don’t realize the prevalence of the syndrome nor how to treat it if discovered and diagnosed. There are specific criteria that lead to a positive diagnosis and Dr. Hurwitz and Ms. Gundell share what to look for – early symptoms of PCOS so that the diagnosis doesn’t wait until you’re trying to become pregnant. There are many ways of managing PCOS prior to trying to conceive that will positively affect your overall health and lifestyle, well before wanting to become pregnant.
Take away message?
PCOS is a treatable syndrome. A very common treatable syndrome. The earlier the diagnosis, the more quickly you can be proactive about treating it. It’s one of the most common reasons for infertility but addressing the symptoms and the syndrome earlier can be key to lessening it’s overall impact.
PCOS Diet Plan
Secondary take away message? There is a lot that you can do. With many syndromes and diseases, medication is relied on. With PCOS, diet and exercise are key. And it’s not about the simple message of “eat less, exercise more”. It’s much more specific than that, so that you can be successful.
September is PCOS month. We choose to see it as an opportunity to bring awareness to this common endocrine disorder. With awareness, comes knowledge. And with knowledge comes power.
Be powerful this month. Bring awareness to PCOS by sharing these blogs and bringing it to the attention of women out there who do not realize that they have PCOS.
About 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.