I love researching, be it anything – good food, places to visit, hacks, DIY’s, literally anything, so obviously, when it comes to PCOS, I am no different. I love talking to other women who are thriving with PCOS, other doctors and learning from their patient experience and viewpoints. With all of that and my little knowledge on the subject, what I have come to realize eventually is every woman with PCOS is different, they struggle with different things (even though because of the same reasons), respond to treatment differently and ultimately cope the different ways which is why I feel we aren’t much far from the time when the standard therapies and treatments available would replace a more personalized and holistic approach.
This is also the reason I believe there is no ‘one size fits all’ concept in dealing with PCOS. Each one of us is different and hence we will have to find the right balance between what works for us and what doesn’t. Yes, OCP’s are one of the most effective treatments available right now for PCOS but if your body doesn’t tolerate it well, talk to your doctor, tell them if you aren’t comfortable. On contrary, if they do work for you, understand that the side effects are extremely long term, you don’t have to preoccupy your mind with just 3 or 6 months of therapy. In fact, low dose OCP’s have much better results and can safely be taken for as long as up to 10 years without causing any significant harm.
With the under studied data and articles all over the internet, it’s easy for you to get confused so just take information from everywhere but always talk to your doctor before developing a wrong notion and then only make an informed decision. One of the best ways to do that is to read, the books/ebooks and learn from various evidence based facts so here’s where I have compiled lists of books you can read to learn better about PCOS. There you go:-
- THE PCOS DIET PLAN by Hillary Wright M. Ed, RD is a great place to start if you want to learn how to modify your diet and lifestyle changes, understand PCOS as a whole. Ms. Hillary talks about how the holistic and more personalized approach can help you thrive in PCOS and also how the drugs can never be an answer to a lousy eating habit and the sedentary lifestyle.
- PCOS – THE HIDDEN EPIDEMIC by Dr.Samuel Thatcher M.D, Ph.D. who is a reproductive endocrinologist himself talks in and out about why’s and hows of PCOS in this book. The book sure was first published in 2000 but is extremely insightful and written in an easy to understand format. If you want to understand the basics, this can be your go to book.
A PATIENT’S GUIDE TO PCOS: Understanding–and Reversing–Polycystic Ovary Syndrome by Walter Futterweit and George Ryan is a pretty basic, informative and understandable. If you aren’t related to science in any way or find PCOS terms too technical, this will help you understand PCOS in a much much simpler way.
- 8 STEPS TO REVERSE YOUR PCOS by Dr. Fiona McCulloch is based on a comparatively newer research and studies. Coming from someone who has treated PCOS on a daily basis for years, this book can provide you answers for most of your PCOS questions. When it comes to PCOS, knowledge is power and this book can definitely improve your own knowledge on PCOS, can make you feel more in control of your daily struggle.
- THE ULTIMATE PCOS HANDBOOK by Colette Harris and Theresa Cheung – Of all the books in the list, this one is not written by a doctor or anyone from medical fraternity but from those who have PCOS themselves so it’s extremely relatable, practical and digestible.
There are so many great sources available to learn and explore however these 5 were the ones I felt could help you begin if you are interested. Feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions.
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