Tips for Minimizing the Impact of PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome is one of the most common endocrine health issues among adult women in the United States — yet, there’s no definite cure or even a widespread treatment protocol. 

You can look at that as a curse or a blessing: A curse because it’d be nice to go to the doctor and say, “Hey, treat me for this.” 

How could it be a blessing? You can work one-on-one with your women’s health specialist to find a symptom-management plan that works for you — you’re not tied down to any one treatment that may or may not actually reduce your symptoms.

The experts at North Texas Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates are passionate about helping women find the right symptom control plan for PCOS. You can get started by learning about some of the tactics that work best for many women. 

Reducing PCOS symptoms

PCOS manifests differently for every woman who experiences it, but similar symptom-control approaches may work for most women. You might be able to reduce your PCOS symptoms with the following tips. 

Get regular gynecological exams

Seeing your OB/GYN regularly allows you to discuss symptoms and any new goings-on with your health. It also allows your OB/GYN to check for any new cysts or polyps, as well as recommend strategies for reducing symptoms.

Experiment with your diet

In some women, certain foods may exacerbate PCOS symptoms. Experiment with different foods to see if you have any sensitivities — and then avoid those foods.

Exercise gently

One cause of PCOS might be widespread bodily inflammation. Gentle exercise, such as walking and swimming, can decrease inflammation. Just be careful not to exercise too intensely, as too much exercise (or exercise that’s too hard) can actually cause more inflammation in your body.

Get enough sleep

Sleep deprivation can also cause low-grade inflammation throughout your body, so be sure to get enough ZZZs each night.

Manage stress

Stress contributes to — you guessed it — inflammation. Managing stress levels can be a critical factor in minimizing PCOS symptoms.

Balance carb intake

Scientists think that insulin resistance is a main contributor to PCOS. When you have insulin resistance, your body can’t take sugar from your blood into your cells. Balancing your carbohydrate intake can improve insulin sensitivity and may help reduce PCOS risk or symptoms.

Take a probiotic

Your gut influences more than just digestion. Research shows that a healthy gut microbiome can lessen PCOS severity, so it can’t hurt to talk to your doctor about taking a probiotic.

Do you need a customized, comprehensive treatment plan for PCOS? Call North Texas Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates at our Plano, Texas, office at 469-240-1866. You can also send a message to the team here on our website.

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