PCOS Symptoms (your Doctor might not know about!)

Hi, I’m Erika of the PCOS personal
trainer and I want to quickly go over some symptoms of PCOS. Many of
these you already know, so we’re going to focus on some symptoms
that patients and even physicians often overlook and my goal here is to give you
information so that you can work with your healthcare team to get the
absolute best treatment possible. Now the most common symptoms that are
going to get you a diagnosis or treatment are missing your period ,
infertility, hirsutism, acne, and unexplained trouble losing
weight or easily gaining weight. Now I’ve been working exclusively with
women who have PCOS since 2014 and I can tell you as a coach and a personal trainer
who’s worked with hundreds of women, that there are a few symptoms that even
your physician might not be addressing in your checkups. The first is fatigue. Now you know you have a
problem with chronic fatigue. If you find yourself more days than not, thinking my life would be so much better
if I had more energy or you might even find yourself jealous of people
your age who have more energy. Those are good signs of
fatigue is a problem for you, and the symptom of fatigue can be a
sign that you have an underlying thyroid condition, sleep apnea, or unaddressed insulin resistance that
needs work through either medical or lifestyle modifications. And so addressing those now could greatly
improve the quality of your life and reduce some of the other symptoms
that come along with fatigue. The next symptom is acne and
versa. Now, acne in versa, is not normal. PCOS hormonal acne. It is actually painful boils often
in your armpits and groin area. They’re like these little marble size
bumps and they are very, very painful. And they don’t go away very often. In fact people who have them
often avoid working out, which is a huge bummer if you have PCOS
and you want to work out and you have these painful boils that are keeping you
from doing so because the act of moving around and sweating aggravates
your condition. The good news is, is that there are treatments for acne
and versa, both lifestyle and medical. So bringing it up with your physician
so they know that you have this and not just classic PCOS acne is critical to
improving the quality of your life. And the third and final symptom I
want to talk about is belly fat. Even if you’re at a healthy weight or
you’re actually kind of on the skinny side, if you have a tendency
to gain fat around the middle, it could be a sign that
you are insulin resistant. Even if you’re not testing
for it on a blood test yet, you may want to start taking steps to
address insulin resistance before it becomes a problem that shows up
on like a diabetes screening. Ways you can do that are taking
supplements like inositol or NAC. And of course you could
look into taking metformin, which is a prescription
drug for insulin resistance. Strength training also helps
with insulin resistance. And of course there are dietary measures
and different diets that you can do to improve a belly fat insulin resistance. And just a special note that if you are
experiencing fatigue and a tendency to gain weight around your middle, that
usually to me is a dead giveaway, that you have some insulin resistance
issues that should be addressed sooner rather than later because you’re
probably on the road to having a, a problem down the road. So just go
ahead and, and start addressing them now. Be proactive. If you have a symptom that you feel
like your physician is not addressing or helping you out with, or you just
want to share with other women, maybe some experiences
you had, please, please, please leave a comment below about the
PCOS symptom that bugs you the most. And if you are looking for extra help
with PCOS and addressing some of these symptoms, there’s a link below. Click on the link below and sign
up for my symptom action plan. It’ll give you some advice from experts
I’ve met along the way on my PCOS journey to help improve the quality of
your life and get the treatment and care you deserve from your physicians.

Comments 2

  • Thank you for this video! After being diagnosed after 3 months, I felt like I am getting less proactive in knowing more about PCOS.

  • I wish doctors did more research on pcos. Every doctor I’ve seen since I was 14 has tried to put me on some type of drug (blood pressure medication, estrogen, mexyprogesterone, metformin, birth control etc) it’s not ok to put someone on medication that young, I followed my instinct and didn’t take the medication, now at 21 I manage my pcos symptoms with B vitamins for anxiety, spearmint leaf capsules for my period, vitamin D (that’s also another pcos symptom doctors don’t tell you about) and a low carb diet + exercise to control insulin resistance. I still have a few pounds to lose but I’m so glad that after trying so many things, diets and supplements I found what works for me, it takes years of research but it was worth it

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