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Welcome to PCOS Diva!

I remember what it was like to be diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).  The emotions and unanswered questions can be overwhelming.  I have good news:  you are not alone and there is hope, and…

You have already taken the most important step-  You are looking for answers.

You may be asking yourself, “Where do I begin?”  The answer is simple.  First, you must educate yourself about PCOS.  When you understand what is happening in your body, you will be better prepared to make choices and take action to begin taking control of your PCOS and healing.  My free PCOS 101 Guide is an information packed place to start.  It will answer many of your burning questions such as what exactly a PCOS diagnosis means, the causes, and what the latest research says about treatment.

PCOS Diva approaches PCOS in 4 main areas: PCOS diet, exercise, lifestyle and spirit.  No one is more important than any of the others.  In fact, they all work together.  PCOS Diva offers several programs and free resources to help you along your journey to wellness.  You will choose the path that works best for you.  Do you require private coaching, prefer a group program, or do you like to “go it alone?”  Check out my online program offerings.  You may also try my free PCOS Diva app– it is a 90 day course to help get you on track for healing.

The PCOS Diva diet centers on the idea that “food is medicine.”  My whole food based approach offers no gimmicks, no calorie counting and no guilt.  You will learn to eat whole foods that heal your body and make you feel energized.  You will eliminate foods that sabotage your health such as gluten, processed sugars and carbohydrates and unhealthy fats.  You will be astounded at the transformation you see in every area of your life when you eat to thrive!  I have shared tons of free recipes on this site; follow the Articles tab to PCOS Diet.  I have also composed done-for-you seasonal meal plans that provide you with scrumptious recipes, shopping lists and tips that make eating like a Diva easy and satisfying.  Finally, I have shared lots of great articles and podcast interviews with PCOS Experts.  Consider beginning with Don’t be a Dairy Queen and Go Gluten Free for PCOS.

Divas “move it” every day!  I encourage you to find the exercise that is right for you.  Whatever movement makes you feel good and that you look forward to doing is great.  You don’t have to run endless miles on the treadmill.  Take your dog for a walk.  Try a yoga class at a gym or at home (check out Giammtv.com).  Are you a swimmer?  Love to dance?  Try a Zumba class. Find a way to mix it up, have fun and feel great every day.    Looking for a place to start?  Check out No More Excuses with GiammTV.

Your mind and body are inextricably connected.  PCOS Diva helps you to get both working together.  Learn to think positively and see yourself for the beautiful, capable and powerful person that you are instead of seeing only limitations and failures.  Your positive mindset combined with your healthy lifestyle of nutritious food and exercise will let your light begin to shine.  Check out: Mindfulness: The Importance of Living in the Now.

The PCOS Lifestyle combines all three of these elements, plus a little more.  A Diva knows that she must take care of herself and that those around her will feel the benefits too.   That means taking time for yourself to eat well, exercise, meditate and take control of your environment.  With PCOS Diva, you will discover what emotions motivate you and learn to engineer your life to make your core desired feelings and outcomes possible.  Start your PCOS Diva lifestyle journey by reading Top 10 Tips for Overcoming Perfectionism.

Welcome to PCOS Diva.  Our supportive PROGRAMS and COMMUNITY of women thriving with PCOS is here to help every step of the way.  Welcome to healing.  Welcome to wellness.

 

 

 

 

 

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63 responses to “Welcome”

  1. Thank you Amy! I was just diagnosed about a month ago and still trying to get my diet, supplements & my body to jive correctly. This guide should help! <3

    • Keep at it, Melissa! Check out my seasonal menus and programs if you would like some help and support.

  2. My daughter has pcos and they finally changed her medicine she is unable to get pregnant and when she did she lost the fetus in her 3 rd month on mother’s day. There are so many women having children who don’t want them,and then there are the ones who really want a family. I hope they can find a cure.

  3. I was diagnosed with PCOS just over a year ago and my Doctor put me on metformin, said it would help to slow down the unwanted hair growth….. I’ve not really seeh any kind of change at all and haven’t been able to afford to go to the Doctor since my diagnosis. Does anyone have and recommendations of what can be done to help with this issue?

  4. Thank you Amy. After being made to feel hopeless by the gyn I found pcos diva and now feel empowered n hopeful.

  5. My daughter just turned 15 and was diagnosed last month with pcos. Going to doctor today. Have to say personally I am nervous. Love and trust our doctor and know he will do what is best. Just feel overwhelmed.

    • Tammy, I understand how you feel. The first thing you and your daughter need to do is educate yourselves about what is happening and what to expect. Please read PCOS 101. It is a free download on my site. From your comment, I can see that you have already begun that process. Nice job. I hope that PCOS Diva is able to help your daughter begin to heal. The site is loaded with information about diet, lifestyle and perspective changes that can make all the difference.

  6. I am 17 yrs. old and I found out this summer that I have PCOS. Its been a constant battling each and everyday with sleeping. I have been getting sleepless nights almost everyday and its been getting worse. Is there any tips on how to get a better sleep?
    Thank You.

  7. I was diagnosed with Pcos over a month now but have been trying for a baby for 8 months. Me and my husband are desperate to have a family but it doesn’t seem to be working for us. Has anyone got any tips for us? I am taking Metformin at the moment which I am unsure if they are working or not.

  8. I was recently diagnosed with pcos after gaining 2 stone in 3 months and developing the most horrendous acne. I spent 5 months on roaccutane not realising i had pcos and now have okay skin, it sounds pathetic but i cry so much over my weight gain. My dad got married recently and i look so huge in all the photos- i would do anything do be the petite size 8 i a year and a half ago. Ive cut out red meat, dairy, all carbs. I live a boring life of veg, lentils and quinoa would kill for a pizza ice cream chocolate and bottle of wine but im trying so hard to lose weight exercising daily and even on metformin… Ive lost 5lb and now just fluctuate weight how can i break this spell 🙁

    • Alexa, Congratulations on taking charge of your health. It is not easy, I know. You seem to be on the right track. Every body is different, so you will have to play with your diet and exercise mix to find what is right for you. The most important thing is to keep a positive attitude. You may want to try varying your diet a little to keep it interesting. Check out my seasonal meal plans or try a morning smoothie so you don’t feel so deprived. Keep at it!

  9. Hi, I have recently been diagnosed with pcos and have been told that I am unable to be prescribed any medication as I had a malignant melanoma 8 years ago. I am suffering with weight gain, acne and because of this I am feeling very low about myself. I am looking forward to researching into how my diet and lifestyle can change in order to holistically cure myself!

    • Jenny, you have come to the right place! I know that you will find hope and healing with us at PCOS Diva. If you have PCOS, I would suggest that you start by reading the free PCOS 101 guide available on my home page. Whether you have PCOS or not, add your name to my mailing list so you will be informed about our next Jumpstart program that begins in January. It will guide you through the changes you need to start healing and feeling terrific!

  10. This resource is something I have been searching for. I am in Australia and although PCOS is becoming increasingly more common in women of child rearing age, there is little support for women who are really struggling with the effects of PCOS. I am very interested in the Jumpstart program to get my body feeling an looking healthier. Can anyone tell me if the menu lists etc would be compatible with Australian foods? I read that most of it would be fresh foods so this shouldn’t be an issue. I just know from living in the states for a few years that there are some significant differences on the shelves.

    • Hi Amy. I would be thrilled to have you join Jumpstart with us this month! You are correct; most of the foods are fresh whole foods that are likely available in Australia. It is easy to make substitutions as well. In your preparation materials that you receive upon registration, there will be a list of foods to have on hand for the week. At that point, you can look over the list. If there are any concerns, you can talk to me about it. In fact, women from all over the world (including Australia) have had tremendous success with Jumpstart. I look forward to working with you!

  11. I was Diagnosed with PCOS when i was 15, i’m now 20. My doctor told me I would never be able to have children. My boyfriend and I have been trying to get pregnant for the last 6 months and there was no luck. I don’t get a period at all. last week i was put on metformin 500mg a day. Is there anything i can do to get my period started and to ovulate so I can conceive? I also struggle with weight gain and unwanted belly hair. I dont feel like a woman at all.

    • Hi Tori. You are not alone. I suffered many of the symptoms you are describing. In answer to your question, there is a lot you can do. I suggest taking the first steps to control your PCOS by making little changes to your diet. Start here: http://pcosdiva.designbyansley.com/category/featured/gluten-and-dairy/ Also, begin to educate yourself about what PCOS is exactly and the latest treatments. For that, download my free PCOS 101 Guide. Finally, consider joining my Jumpstart program beginning this month. It is a 7 Day jumpstart to controlling your PCOS and regaining your femininity. http://pcosdiva.designbyansley.com/programs/online-programs/

      • Hello. I have been diagnosed with PCOS for about 8 years now. And I have never been pregnant. And I just turned 32 years old. My doctor isn’t much help she just tells me to go online to look up stuff and order pills. I have been taking a probiotic and best doctor proteolytic enzymes and I have changed my diet alot. But before I started these vitamins I was told that now my fallopian tubed are swollen, but I want given no answers at all I was just told it might go away or it might not. I want to know if u know of any info on what can help take the swelling down. I’m lost.

    • I was missing my period for 10 years i got mine back after doing acupuncture for fertility treatment. Thats as much help as i can offer atm as im still trying to get pregnant myself..
      Good luck..

    • Dr should never tell you you will never with out exploring options. There is a med to bring on your cycle and clomid (?) You take first 5 days of cycle. Sex every other day for 2 weeks? Test and possibly pregnancy to follow Is a start. I have 2 beautiful daughters so far from this method. I also read after miscarriage that continuing metformine threw 13 weeks pregnant can less the chance of miscarriage. I did even though dr did not agree my research told me it was ok and my girls are very healthy

    • I am a 50 year old women who was diagnosed with PCOS in 1990. I first got my period when I was in the fourth grade from the get it was never normal every other month every four to six months. My weight always yoyo up and down from 135 to 215 any time I was over 190lbs I ddidn’t get a period. I was put on birth control in high school to regulate my period at this time they didn’t know what I had. I got married in 1989 right away I wanted children after being off the pill for over two years with no luck my Dr ran a lot of test and I was diagnosed with PCOS he put me on chlomed after the first three cycles bumbling up the dose each month I got pregnant and gave
      Birth to a daughter in Nov.1991 aafter her birth he said one of two things could happen the pregnancy could correct my condition or make it worse. So when she was a year old I suggested we start on the chlomed again after 5 cycles no pregnancy . My Dr. Sent me to a reproductive endocrinologist we tried the chlomed again this time inserting the sperm directly into the uterous after the second try I got pregnant but I lost that baby at 6 weeks. He suggested we do IVF now this is now Dec.1993 went through all per test and so on so by the time I started harm one injections it was March it was a struggle with insurance but it worked I had five follicles develope and five embryo developed he implanted all five because insurance wasn’t going to pay for a second round . Well after implantation we waited the two weeks for the pregnancy test it came back positive and the quantitative test numbers were high the Dr said def. multibles but had to wait 6 weeks to make sure it took and then we could see how many I was pregnant with twins out of five two took I carried twins for four months then one my body absorbed however I carried the other and gave birth by induction at 28.5 weeks because of low fluid in the amniotic sack I gave birth to a baby boy who had to be in the NICU for 6 weeks for underdeveloped lungs but since the PCOS causes insulin resistance I had gestational diabetes with both pregnancies so at 7 1/2 month delivery he weighed 5lbs13oz when he went on a ventilator he went down to three pounds but he came through . I was happy I had a girl 3a nnew born boy family complete . I never used birth control because I thought I didn’t need to when my son turned two I went on a diet I lost 70 lbs. He was two in December I got what I thought was a period in March light bleed for two days . In may my husband and I attended a party I had a few to many I was sick for three days my mother said your not sick I bet your pregnant well I took a test thinking she was crazy because my son cost 10,000 dollars to have . Well that test came up big red plus sign I thought I was going to faint I called my husband at work he hung up on me thought I was Joking I went to the Dr and since the PCOS I wasn’t real sure of a last full period not only was I pregnant I was almost 3 full months pregnant. Life is crazy . After my last child’s birth my weight ballooned I went up to 300 lbs . During this no period at all but I did have my tubes tied just in case. I decided it was time to do something about my weight I went to a bariatric Dr. I wanted gastric bypass it is now 1999 I had to follow a protocol they put me on phentermine I met with a nutritionist and I got a training at the gym by by April of 2000 I lost 137 lbs I have kept the weight off I got my period every 28 days from 2000 till my hysterectomy in2014 I do have type two diabetes which is very controlled and I have a lot of facial hair which I shave its on my chin . But I have 3 beautiful children don’t give up because your diagnoses leave no stone unturned their are doctors that ate very in tune to this disorder you just have to keep looking.

    • I had the same trouble getting pregnant. I wasn’t ovulating, no periods. My doctor put me on birth control for 3 months, which made me have periods. I went off the pill after 3 months and was able to get pregnant within a couple months. Good luck!

    • I gained weight taking metformin, it didn’t touch my fasting insulin like the Dr. told me it would. I took myself off of it. I have periods here and there and have done so since the age of 12 when I started. My Dr has me on birth control and have been on it for 3 years now. For the most part I have periods taking it, but they are now not during the week I should be having them, they are always the week I start a new pack.

    • I’m if this helps but I started the pc is vitamin a month after I found out I had pcos and was put on metformin. 6 months later I. Was pregnant..it is a lot of vitamins. But I notice a real difference when I take them.. I now only take the vitamins and no metformin. The cinnamon really helps with not craving the sugars.

    • Yes, I hve pcos an have 3 beautiful children. 2 are my pcos clomid miracle bbies. My Dr put me on metformin, an clomid an I purchased a fertility monitor n worked wonders

  12. I have PCOS since the age of 13 I have endured for many years due to the effects of having PCOS excessive facial hair problem from around my upper lip around my face, both on my hands and feet!! Which today is all clear!! I have had 6 years of laser treatments from 2006 last treatment in 2012 I was diagnosed with PCOS in my early 20’s back in 1994 I

    did not know what this PCOS was? I tried to find out about back then PCOS with no luck!! It has taken me nearly all my life to get to where I am today The excessive facial hair problem start from the age of 13 Due to having PCOS

    I have never been married or had the chance to have a family!!! I am 50 years old, 51 this June 2015 With this site PCOS raise awareness of this health issue, research and talked about as with other health issues Susan Ansley I live here in New Zealand

  13. I have always had irregular periods, I self diagnosed as an older teen, then about 6 months ago was “officially” diagnosed via blood tests and ultrasounds. I have been married 3 weeks shy of 5 years, and trying to conceive the whole time! I am grateful for this site and the work you do! Thank you thank you!! You have a new cyster! 😉

  14. I would love to get some information about PCOS and Menopause. I’m 56 and have been dealing with PCOS since 12. I’m hitting Menopause kind of late but don’t know what to expect as far as the PCOS is concerned. I’m on Metformin and am also wondering about Ovasitol use in Menopause. I don’t care about ovulation but would like the other symptoms better controlled.

  15. Hi!! I m khushveen. I think i have pcos. I have had irregular periods since we shifted to a new place 3 months ago and i have had acne since the past year but its decreasing now. I have had excess hair growth since childhood. I dont know what to do. I m shit scared. Help please.

  16. Hi… im Neelam frm India I’ve diagnosed with pcos 5years back.. n i got 5misscarriages back than and out of which one was twin pregnancy n i got ccesarean in 6. 5Month n none of my baby servived… after tat phase i was so depressed bt my family is very nice as they take me back on track… bt after tat i wasnt gt pregnant….different doctors give different suggestions n i dnt wanna do IVF.. im clueless… please anyone suggest wat should i do??

  17. Where can I go to research for a doctor in my city that is knowledgeable about PCOS and can help me to control it? I’ve seen my regular GP and OB/GYN docs and all they tell me is to take birth control and metformin. I was diagnosed with PCOS at the age of 16 when my periods just stopped. At the time, the doctor suggested birth control, but my parents said absolutely not (they only associated the pill with sex). I am now 36 and after 6 years of trying to conceive, my husband and I have reached the decision we would not have children. We tried all types of medication with no positive results. The next step was IVF, but we decided we were done. 🙁 But I still want to get PCOS under control.

    • Low carb, high protein diet. Lots of fresh veggies and a Lil fruit as fruit is high in sugar. Stay away from starchy foods, nothing white like potatoes, white rice, white breads, corn, peas, pasta. Also dairy and caffeine. These foods tend to aggrivate pcos. No sugar substitutes as they make you crave sugar.

  18. I have been diagnosed with people is maybe 5 years ago and being trying to have a child with no success for 3 years. Just had surgery for endometriosis in March and the doctor says the next move for me would be a fertility specialist

  19. I’m almost 40. Never had a regular period since I started to have them. Fortunately I have 2 kids. But after my second child I stopped having periods altogether. I deal with the unwanted hair and weight. I’m now type 2 diabetic. Lots of meds and have to shave my face everyday. I endure inflammation everyday, depression, fatigue and I sweat horribly especially at night. My DR. Told me about black cohosh, otc at any drug store. My first month of taking it I have noticed a change in my sweating and I even had a mild period after 17 years. I really want the weight off and facial hair gone. I just can’t seem to find anything for those 2 problems.

  20. Hey! I am Rashmi…. I’m 16 now and an victim of pcos… My doctors have put me on oc tablets as a solution for irregular periods… M worried due to pcos m losing a hell lot of hair daily… M consulting a hair specialist for it.. D medicine’s which they give aren’t working on me and I know they can’t cure pcos and I have been trying to follow a good lifestyle but I m unable to do so as I’m in grade 12 and have to prepare for entrance exams and other studies…. So late night studying is a usual habit… I just don’t know what to do about it.. I have v less scalp hair left… Plz find me a solution..

    • Rashmi, I totally sympathize. I was struggling with symptoms at your age too. I encourage you, with the support of your parents, to begin with small changes in your diet. Begin eliminating gluten and dairy. My Jumpstart class can help you get started. There are lots of good recipes for free on the site too. Good luck!

      • But Here in india…. Diary… Wheat… White rice… Are used in every possible way. Even morning breakfast… Are made up of those things. Upma…idli..etc etc….I m switching to finger millet. And millet.. Flat breads… Will it help my hair loss problems ?

        • It is the same situation in the United States. Changing your diet will help your PCOS symptoms. Check out the free recipes on PCOS Diva and try my Jumpstart program. I also have lots of articles about hairloss and solutions.

  21. I have only been told a few days now that i have PCOS am 27 yrs can anyone guide me on how i can manage this (recipes, exsercie ,healthy food ,that i can eat)Am a very Healthy and outgoing person but i have been sooo very tired and weak cause i have been bleed for 4weeks now thank you.

  22. I was diagnosed a couple of years ago and tried for years to lose weight. No matter what I did, I couldn’t. I sat down with my GyNoc and she explained a lot of things to me that no one else would. In Jan I tried TruVision Health and I am now down 29 pounds, I have a natural energy, I’m down 2 pant sizes and the best part, my fasting insulin is almost normal. My PCP’s office called me and said that he had no major worries over it, to see him in 2 months and keep doing what I’m doing. That made my day. Its a struggle to lose, you get depressed, you think you are never going to be happy with yourself and that no one is ever going to want you. Its hard. I am so thankful for TruVision. I’m kicking PCOS’ butt!

  23. Have a question CAN ANYONE HELP? I’M 40 NOW, SINCE MY CYCLE STARTED I WAS NEVER REGULAR, WAS ABLE TO CONCEIVE 2 CHILDREN WHEN I Was younger. After second child pcos hit hard, weight gain, facial hair and then no periods at all. I have not had a period in 16 years, my endocrinologist nor my gyno can figure out why. I have been put on many different meds and nothing. When they run all my blood work everything comes back normal. I have been tested for hoshimoto and Cushing disease and nothing. I have no cycts on my ovaries and the lining of my uterus is NOT thick. I have had biopsy done and nothing. Was put on spironolactone at 150mg x2 a day, and nothing. I took it for a year. Was put on metformin, then ended up with type 2 diabetes from the stupid pcospand weight gain. I’m 5’3 and weigh 280. Been on low carb diet and cut out all sugars and processed foods and I’m gaining weight, ugg. Any advice?? TYIA

  24. Hi Amy,how can I get in touch with you directly.I live in Tanzania,I have PCOS and so do other several ladies I know. The products in the PCOS diva store can not be shipped internationally.Is there hope for us?.I particularly would like to use OVASITOL.
    Looking forward to hear from you.

  25. I’m from Pakistan and was first diagnosed with PCOS in 2008 at the age of 28.
    I was put on metformin and lost some weight on it too. Got married in 2009 and pregnant in 2010. Have a beautiful little girl now.
    After my pregnancy, I gained about 40 pounds and was again diagnosed with PCOS.
    Been trying to conceive again but so far, nothing has helped.
    I’m on 1gm of metformin and this time it doesn’t seem to be working:(
    I would also like to mention that both the times I had PCOS, I never experienced facial hair growth.
    Hoping somebody here can I help me with tips, suggestions… Anything!
    I’m so desperate to conceive again and lose weight that it’s stressing me out too much.

  26. my partner nd I have been trying for a baby for the past 5 yrs and no luck. I have recently found out that I have pcos which isn’t really a surprise as every female in my family have or have had it. i just wanna know what i can do to stop the hair growth on my chin upperlip around my nipples belly and feet! we really want to have a baby but atm it seems like its never going to happen. all ive ever wanted to do was be a mum and it feels like my dreams are crushed! my partner is nilly 30 im in my early 20’s so i have plenty of time but he wants a family now but is really supportive. i don’t know where to go from hear

  27. Hi, I was officially diagnosed with PCOS in 2005, I was 31 years old, however, I’ve had PCOS since I was 13 years old, I am now 41 years old. I have 2 sons 20 & 12, I’ve had 2 miscarriages and 5 DNCs due to not having a regular cycle and the lining of my uterus getting thick over time. I have clots the size of softballs most times. I’ve bled for 8 months straight before. In the past 3 years, I’ve only had 6 periods, that’s never normal. This year, I’ve had only 2. My biggest challenge now is hormone imbalance, anxiety, panic attacks, depression and mood swings. Any ideas, guys?

  28. I was recently diagnosed with pcos,  but I’ve had it for many years now. I started my cycles at 18 years old, I’m 22 now. I’ve gone 45 days straight bleeding and 6 months with no cycle. My doctors give me d’s that make me throw up, so I stop taking them. I’ve always struggled with my weight, and my husband and I are ready to make a family and it adds more stress to me. Please help! I need advice. Thank u,  Ariel Pena

    • Welcome to PCOSDiva, Ariel. Your story sounds very similar to my own. It was not until I chose to take control of my PCOS naturally that I really found relief. Diet and lifestyle changes are the key. There are tons of great articles and free advice on my website. Also, I have a 7 Day Jumpstart class beginning soon. In fact, registration closes today. It is a great way to start on your path to healing. Good luck!

  29. I have struggled with PCOS since I was 12 years old. I was however, only diagnosed when I was 29 years old. By then I had insulin resistance, high cholesterol and very high blood sugar. i have had aweful pain every day since I was 12, and I bleed constantly. The doctor put me on metformin, meds for my blood pressure and cholesterol, and a combination of hormones to stop my ovaries working. It has thankfully stopped the bleeding and the pain is better, but I am so tired of feeling like this. i am now 39 years old, and have had enough. I still get pain and cannot lose weight, no matter what i do. I eat healthy, I try to stick to the low gi diet as it used to work in the past, and I exercise about 8 hours in total a week. I am a martial arts instructor and student, so train a lot during the week. But my weight just fluctuates and balloons and nothing is working. It is quite soul killing.