Episode #11: How to Lose Weight With PCOS

Episode #11: How to Lose Weight With PCOS

Episode  #11: How to Lose Weight With PCOS

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Let me guess, your doctor probably recommended weight loss, but didn’t offer any help on how to actually lose and keep off the weight? 

Your doctor is correct that women who lose weight see amazing improvements in their PCOS symptoms but there is a missing link that often keeps women with PCOS from being able to lose the weight. 

There is a secret and missing link between struggling to lose weight and long-term success which is exactly what we will be talking about in this episode!

You shouldn’t need a medical degree to understand how your body works!

I have my master’s in Physician Assistant Sciences. I am licensed to diagnose and treat patients and I have treated many patients with PCOS and I also used to think weight loss was a mystery.  Since then I discovered the missing link and have assisted hundreds of women in following a lifestyle that helps them lose weight and reverse their PCOS. 

This is why I am so excited about this episode so let’s dive in! 

Unlike your doctor, I’m not going to tell you that you need to lose weight….

Weight loss isn’t the way to treat PCOS! I go into that in great detail during the episode. But if you want to lose weight I don’t want it to be a mystery for you. But make sure you are doing this for YOU because it is something you want. Otherwise, leave the shoulds behind and enjoy life on your terms.

The PCOS Weight Loss Formula

The way to lose weight is math, right? Eat less calories than you burn and every time that adds up to a pound of fat then you will lose a pound right?

WRONG! 

Weight loss all starts by understanding the body fat, PCOS, and hormone connection.

These three things, your genetics, hormones, and body composition play off each other. And if you try to isolate just one such as body fat then while it might work in the short term you will ultimately gain the weight back and probably more. 

PCOS Weight Loss Starts with Your Root Cause. 

You can take the PCOS root cause quiz to learn more about your current primary root cause here. It is the best place to learn how to balance your hormones. Then follow the weight loss formula discussed in this episode and you’ll be good to go, my friend! 

Here’s a glance at this episode…

[00:07] 

Let me guess. Your doctor probably recommended weight loss for your PCOS, but didn’t actually tell you how to lose weight and keep it off because I know you’ve tried and it hasn’t worked. Your doctor is correct that women who lose weight have amazing improvement in their PCOS, but there is a missing link to why it’s not working. And that is exactly what we will be discussing in today’s episode of the PCOS Repair Podcast.

[02:34] 

I don’t think that you should need a medical degree in order to understand how your body works. And that is why I am so excited about today’s episode.

Women are often telling me that they need to lose weight, or some say that they don’t need to lose weight, they just need to fix their PCOS. Both of these groups of women share a number on the scale to justify the fact that they do or do not need to lose weight. 

[05:02] 

The way to lose weight is all about the math, right? I mean, eat less calories than you burn, and every time that you eat enough less calories to equal a pound of fat, you’ll lose a pound, right? Wrong. 

[06:22] 

The best place to start is to take the PCOS root cause quiz because it’s going to help you know where to focus on those couple of things I just mentioned: rebalancing sugar, inflammation, stressing, etc. 

[07:30] 

Our weight loss philosophy that we want to approach PCOS with is that

  1. you do it if you want it. You can focus on PCOS hormone health without having the concern of weight loss.
  2. It’s a lifestyle, not a diet. So we aren’t going on some fad diet or some huge restriction diet. We’re focusing on a healthy lifestyle that isn’t perfect, that’s nonrestrictive, that we do the best that we can at. We get better and better over time. It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle. 
  3. Forget the perfect. 
  4. We have to lose the weight in our mind before we can lose the weight on the scale. 

[11:08] 

It really all starts with understanding our current primary root cause, what is our body currently struggling with and what is leading to hormone imbalance in our body. So the first step is to take that PCOS root cause quiz and then begin to address the lifestyle accordingly. 

[12:28] 

Trying to lose weight as a treatment plan for PCOS is both fruitless and a frustrating endeavor because weight struggles are a symptom of hormone imbalance.

And while it does worsen the downward spiral of PCOS, trying to force that weight loss and starving yourself will only hurt your hormone balance. 

Results are not guaranteed. Please see Medical Disclaimer for more detail.

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Episode #11: How to Lose Weight With PCOS

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Episode #10: Exercise for PCOS Hormone Balance

Episode #10: Exercise for PCOS Hormone Balance

Exercise is a key part of any PCOS treatment plan. But it can be tough to know where to start. This episode will help you find the best exercise for your unique current pcos root cause and get started on the road to hormone balance.

Episode #9: PCOS and the Insulin Effect

Episode #9: PCOS and the Insulin Effect

So what’s the deal with insulin and PCOS and is it something that you should be addressing in order to reverse your PCOS? Well my friend that is what this episode is all about so hit play to listen now!

PCOS FERTILITY MEAL GUIDE

What I changed to finally get pregnant after almost 2 years of trying.

  What the heck to eat to boost PCOS fertility

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  Sample Meal Plan Included

  Plan and Prep Guide Included

  Go beyond diet & nourish your hormones to boost fertility

I share the steps I followed in this FREE MEAL GUIDE.

About the Show

Welcome to The PCOS Repair Podcast!

I’m Ashlene Korcek, and each week I’ll be sharing the latest findings on PCOS and how to make practical health changes to your lifestyle to repair your PCOS at the root cause.

If you’re struggling with PCOS, know that you’re not alone. In fact, it’s estimated that one in ten women have PCOS. But the good news is that there is a lot we can do to manage our symptoms and live healthy, happy lives.

So whether you’re looking for tips on nutrition, exercise, supplements, or mental health, you’ll find it all here on The PCOS Repair Podcast. Ready to get started? Hit subscribe now

Episode #10: Exercise for PCOS Hormone Balance

Episode #10: Exercise for PCOS Hormone Balance

Episode #10: Exercise for PCOS Hormone Balance

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure and privacy policy.

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Exercise is a key part of any PCOS treatment plan. But it can be tough to know where to start. This episode will help you find the best exercise for your unique current pcos root cause and get started on the road to hormone balance

Myths of Exercise for PCOS

Have you heard any of the following?

  • You should only do gentle workouts if you have PCOS.
  • Cardio isn’t a good idea if you have PCOS.
  • Walking and yoga are best for PCOS.
  • HIIT is ok for short workouts but don’t over do it.
  • The reason you aren’t losing weight is because you are working out too hard.
  • The reason you aren’t having regular ovulatory periods is because of your exercise program.

Sound familiar? Have you heard of any of these?
These partial truths have been repeated and taken out of context until many people and even so-called experts believe them.

So what is the truth about exercise and PCOS?

There is certainly NOT one right way to reverse PCOS. And exercise is no exception to the ONE SIZE DOESN’T FIT ALL!

That is why this episode is so important as I share how to approach exercise for PCOS whether you are just getting started or are an athlete.

The benefits of exercise for PCOS go on and on but a few big ones are:

  • Exercise reduces stress
  • Exercise helps balance blood sugar
  • Exercise reduces inflammation
  • Exercise improves mood and energy

Well just like anything else…. we can always overuse a good thing. And over-exercising can lead to burnout and adrenal fatigue, something that I also discuss in the episode and how to listen to your body.

That said, understanding your primary PCOS root cause is always very important. And can provide a lot of insight into what exercise routines could benefit your PCOS the most.

You can take the PCOS root cause quiz to learn more about your current primary root cause.

Where does that leave YOU? What practical action can you take to improve your PCOS hormone balance with exercise 

While there may be cases of too much exercise the problem is feeling restricted and fearful. 

The concern of doing something wrong paralyzes us to take action. And without getting started we can’t discover what is or isn’t working for our bodies.

So sadly these blanket statements that only apply to about 10% of women with PCOS who are currently in active burnout are being applied to 90+ % of women with PCOS who would greatly benefit from exercise but are left not sure what to do. 

so I encourage you to take the PCOS root cause quiz and start learning more about your PCOS root cause. And listen to this episode so that you can feel more confident in how to move your body to benefit your health and hormones. 

And listen now to learn all about how to add exercise to benefit your hormones and make your journey to PCOS health even easier. The PCOS Repair podcast is here to help you learn more and more about your PCOS root causes and how to heal your PCOS and reverse your PCOS naturally. 

Here’s a glance at this episode…

[00:08] 

today we will be setting the record straight based on actual scientific data about exercise. When you have PCOS.

[01:09] 

So first of all, what kind of myths are out there about PCOS and exercise? Perhaps you’ve heard some of these so they might be something like you should only do gentle workouts if you have PCOS. 

  • Cardio isn’t a good idea if you have PCOS 
  • Walking and yoga are the best exercises for PCOS. 
  • High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is okay in short workouts, but be careful not to overdo it. 
  • The reason you aren’t losing weight is because you’re working out too hard. 
  • The reason you aren’t having regular ovulatory periods is because of your exercise program. 

Sound familiar? 

[02:15] 

You will never hear or see me telling you false information to get you to sign up for one of my programs. What I just can’t stand is using promises of not needing to sweat or telling women that their workouts are harmful to their health. Then “here is a better option” in order to entice them to buy something. 

[03:24] 

The suggestion that you need to be careful, puts us in an inactive mode, like we don’t know what to do, we don’t know what to do next, so we do nothing. 

[05:44] 

Understanding your primary PCOS root cause is always very important, and if you are having a stress response, it is worth looking at how exercise might be fitting into that? 

[06:59] 

But ultimately we focus on listening and learning for yourself and taking your own feedback and learning how to interpret that so that it works for you. It’s about discovering, trying, taking action, tweaking, adjusting, making it better, and working with your body. 

[09:20] 

It is completely different for every person and every situation, and it changes as that person’s fitness improves or lessens. So it’s completely NOT static. And there’s definitely no one size fits all when it comes to exercise. But I can tell you what has worked best for me and what has not worked for me over the last 20-plus years of me trying to stay healthy and fit and feeling good in my body. 

[13:31] 

So I had this four-month wait. I’m like, you know what? What the heck? I am going to get super healthy. I’m not worried about a specific weight or anything, but I’m just going to focus on my health. My mental health is going to be better if I exercise.

My physical health is going to be better if I exercise. And if I’m heading into infertility treatments, I need to be at my best. 

[16:24] 

When we think okay, don’t exercise too hard. What is the best type of exercise? And here I’ve given you some examples of how it has fit into my life. But what is it really that we’re looking for? 

[17:25] 

But if I compared myself to where I was two weeks ago, I was doing really good. The fact that I was out there was a win. And so changing that mindset is huge.

Results are not guaranteed. Please see Medical Disclaimer for more detail.

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Episode #10: Exercise for PCOS Hormone Balance

Episode #10: Exercise for PCOS Hormone Balance

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Episode #9: PCOS and the Insulin Effect

Episode #9: PCOS and the Insulin Effect

So what’s the deal with insulin and PCOS and is it something that you should be addressing in order to reverse your PCOS? Well my friend that is what this episode is all about so hit play to listen now!

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  What the heck to eat to boost PCOS fertility

  It’s not a one size fits all

  Sample Meal Plan Included

  Plan and Prep Guide Included

  Go beyond diet & nourish your hormones to boost fertility

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About the Show

Welcome to The PCOS Repair Podcast!

I’m Ashlene Korcek, and each week I’ll be sharing the latest findings on PCOS and how to make practical health changes to your lifestyle to repair your PCOS at the root cause.

If you’re struggling with PCOS, know that you’re not alone. In fact, it’s estimated that one in ten women have PCOS. But the good news is that there is a lot we can do to manage our symptoms and live healthy, happy lives.

So whether you’re looking for tips on nutrition, exercise, supplements, or mental health, you’ll find it all here on The PCOS Repair Podcast. Ready to get started? Hit subscribe now

Episode #9: PCOS and the Insulin Effect

Episode #9: PCOS and the Insulin Effect

Episode #9: PCOS and the Insulin Effect

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure and privacy policy.

insulin resistance and pcos

Medical research has shown that Insulin resistance is a primary factor for over 70% of women with PCOS and yet most women I work with and talk to have been told by their doctor that their blood sugar is fine and that they are not insulin resistant. 

So that is the deal with insulin and PCOS and is it something that you should be addressing in order to reverse your PCOS? Well, my friend that is what this episode is all about so hit play below to listen now!

The insulin effect 

Notice how I didn’t say insulin resistance. There is a big difference and it is really important to understand the importance of the insulin effect if you want to reverse your PCOS naturally. that I want you to understand.

So what is insulin and how does it affect your PCOS hormones?

When you eat something it is broken down and released into your body as glucose (that’s another name for blood sugar). So by choosing the foods you eat smartly and combining certain foods to lessen their insulin effect you can greatly improve your PCOS hormones. 

In this episode, you will learn about what foods worsen the insulin effect and your PCOS (spoiler alert….it’s not just sugar).  And more importantly, you will learn what foods will help to improve your insulin effect and assist you in reversing your PCOS…..and it doesn’t require you to never eat certain foods again. 

When you are armed with the food knowledge packed into this episode you will be able to make serious progress toward reversing your PCOS! 

Are you ready? Go ahead and listen to this episode where I not only share how insulin is working in your body but some simple actionable steps to use this information to heal your PCOS naturally! 

Happy listening! 

Here’s a glance at this episode…

[00:00:07.090] – Speaker 1

Insulin resistance is a primary factor for over 70% of women with PCOS. And yet most women I work with and talk to have been told by their healthcare provider that their blood sugar is fine, that they are not insulin resistant, and that they have a normal hemoglobin A1C, and that insulin is not their problem when it comes to PCOS. But is this true? 

[00:01:30.130] – Speaker 1

Welcome back to the PCOS Repair podcast, where today I’m going to be talking about the insulin effect. Notice how I didn’t say insulin-resistant? That is because there’s a big difference, and I want you to understand what that difference is. So let’s start with what is insulin? 

[00:02:38.390] – Speaker 1

So how does what we eat affect insulin when you eat something that is broken down and released into your body as glucose?

It [the food you eat] is broken down and enters the bloodstream quickly in large amounts, or it trickles in slowly over time. This is where the glycemic index or glycemic load of the food that we eat becomes interesting!

[00:04:59.570] – Speaker 1

When your body is constantly exposed to insulin, it becomes less responsive. It’s kind of like when you hear someone keep repeating themselves over and over and over, you start to just tune them out. Insulin sensitivity and resistance are on the spectrum. On one end of the spectrum, your body is very sensitive to insulin. On the farther end of the spectrum, the body is hardly responding at all, and you may even need medication. At this point, you may be diagnosed with diabetes. 

[00:06:03.700] – Speaker 1

Now it’s important to note that testing for insulin resistance is kind of a meh kind of test. The insulin effect can be impacting your PCOS greatly before it would ever show up on a lab test. 

[00:07:14.630] – Speaker 1

Just the presence of insulin in and of itself increases testosterone. With these elevated levels of testosterone, you’re going to have cycle disturbances leading to irregular or absent periods. You may have reduced ovulation and lower fertility. You can have increased acne, excess facial or body hair, or thinning of hair on the head.

Results are not guaranteed. Please see Medical Disclaimer for more detail.

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Episode #10: Exercise for PCOS Hormone Balance

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Episode #9: PCOS and the Insulin Effect

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About the Show

Welcome to The PCOS Repair Podcast!

I’m Ashlene Korcek, and each week I’ll be sharing the latest findings on PCOS and how to make practical health changes to your lifestyle to repair your PCOS at the root cause.

If you’re struggling with PCOS, know that you’re not alone. In fact, it’s estimated that one in ten women have PCOS. But the good news is that there is a lot we can do to manage our symptoms and live healthy, happy lives.

So whether you’re looking for tips on nutrition, exercise, supplements, or mental health, you’ll find it all here on The PCOS Repair Podcast. Ready to get started? Hit subscribe now

Episode #8: Getting Pregnant with PCOS

Episode #8: Getting Pregnant with PCOS

Episode #8: Getting Pregnant with PCOS

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getting pregnant with pcos

“How can I get pregnant with PCOS?” It’s the number one question I get asked and it’s exactly what we are talking about in this episode of the PCOS Repair Podcast!

PCOS Fertility 

PCOS is the top cause of female infertility but the good news is that it is one of the most treatable causes of infertility. 

First How Does PCOS affect fertility?

  • Hormone imbalance disturbs your cycles and ovulation
  • Low progesterone can increase the risk of first-trimester miscarriage
  • Increases risk factors for a healthy pregnancy 

How to treat PCOS Infertility 

The perception is that infertility treatments with medications, IUI, or IVF are the solution to infertility. And while they can be the answer for some couples there are many considerations on when and how to proceed down the path towards these medical options. 

A Natural Approach to Getting Pregnant with PCOS

Creating a healthy environment for your body addresses all 3 of the ways that PCOS can stop you from getting pregnant and carrying a healthy baby to term. This doesn’t have to exclude medical assistance but I recommend listening to this episode to help create a strategic plan for when and what steps you will take next. 

So are you ready to learn how to balance your hormones to optimize fertility? Then have a listen to episode #8 now to learn how to get pregnant when you have PCOS.

Here’s a glance at this episode…

[00:55] 

Welcome back to the PCOS Repair podcast where we’re going to be talking about getting pregnant naturally with PCOS. This is the number one question that I get asked and I’m going to do my best to answer it in this episode. 

[02:00] 

We think of our period as the main event of our monthly cycle, but the truth is, the main event is ovulation. Our body’s entire focus is on the rise and fall of hormones is to mature an egg, to release it, and to hopefully get pregnant.

The problem with PCOS is that we have an imbalance in hormones that doesn’t lead to the maturing of an egg.  The second way that PCOS affects our fertility is low progesterone. Low progesterone can have many problems, one of them being an increased risk of miscarrage during the first trimester. 

[03:10] 

The third way that PCOS can affect our fertility and chances of carrying a healthy baby to term is increased health risks during pregnancy. 

[04:31] 

What toll are the side effects of infertility treatments having on our bodies? 

When we look at the root causes of PCOS, [these treatments] create more chaos in our bodies, on top of the fact that the medications also mess with our hormone balance.

[11:12] 

All the what-ifs and the anxieties and the fears and the anger at times of why am I having to go through this, instead putting the thoughts that I wanted to think in front of myself. My focus was on “I’m growing in health”, “I’m growing in confidence in my body,” “I am caring for my body so that it is creating a space for this baby that we want”. 

[12:17]

What about women who are either currently going through fertility treatments or who have been through fertility treatments and are planning to start them back up again?

The big difference is how we prepare our bodies, when we have a different mindset, when we’re taking the actions, we set ourselves up for a higher statistical chance of getting pregnant. But we also set ourselves up to maintain a different level of peace, comfort, and an enjoyment of the process. 

[13:22] 

That’s where the PCOS repair podcast comes in. It’s not about choosing only medical or only natural or even always knowing the right steps. It’s about listening to your body, your body’s symptoms, your physical symptoms, your body’s emotional symptoms. What are you up for? 

[17:26] 

So the best advice that I have for women who ask the question, what can I do to get pregnant when I have PCOS? Start with a deep breath. Think about, given the situation, what feels best to you.  My recommendation would be to take a few months to invest in your health.

[18:28] 

Infertility treatments aren’t bad. Not at all. But they do take a toll on us…. take a break. If you’re feeling worn out by the infertility process, there’s no harm in stepping back and taking a break. 

[19:25]

There are many ways to create your own success story. Follow your own journey to improve fertility, to getting pregnant, to sustaining a healthy pregnancy, and to ultimately meeting your baby! 

[20:33] 

Finding an inner calm with the choices that you’re making doesn’t just make the journey more enjoyable, it actually helps our hormones. It helps our body feel like it can do this. Like it’s safe to do this because it’s being cared for. It’s an environmental bubble that you’re creating for your body. It has the ability to do bigger things. 

[21:42] 

There is a statistic, I forget the exact number but it was above 90%. Most women with PCOS do eventually have a baby. 

So on that hopeful note, I will say goodbye for today.

Results are not guaranteed. Please see Medical Disclaimer for more detail.

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So your doctor said you need to lose weight if you want to improve your PCOS symptoms? But you’ve tried, nothing has worked and your doctor didn’t have any helpful tips to assist you. In this episode, I’ll share the missing link that will make all the difference to balancing your hormones, losing any unwanted weight, and reversing your PCOS symptoms.

Episode #10: Exercise for PCOS Hormone Balance

Episode #10: Exercise for PCOS Hormone Balance

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Episode #9: PCOS and the Insulin Effect

Episode #9: PCOS and the Insulin Effect

So what’s the deal with insulin and PCOS and is it something that you should be addressing in order to reverse your PCOS? Well my friend that is what this episode is all about so hit play to listen now!

PCOS FERTILITY MEAL GUIDE

What I changed to finally get pregnant after almost 2 years of trying.

  What the heck to eat to boost PCOS fertility

  It’s not a one size fits all

  Sample Meal Plan Included

  Plan and Prep Guide Included

  Go beyond diet & nourish your hormones to boost fertility

I share the steps I followed in this FREE MEAL GUIDE.

About the Show

Welcome to The PCOS Repair Podcast!

I’m Ashlene Korcek, and each week I’ll be sharing the latest findings on PCOS and how to make practical health changes to your lifestyle to repair your PCOS at the root cause.

If you’re struggling with PCOS, know that you’re not alone. In fact, it’s estimated that one in ten women have PCOS. But the good news is that there is a lot we can do to manage our symptoms and live healthy, happy lives.

So whether you’re looking for tips on nutrition, exercise, supplements, or mental health, you’ll find it all here on The PCOS Repair Podcast. Ready to get started? Hit subscribe now

Episode # 7: PCOS Symptoms vs Labs

Episode # 7: PCOS Symptoms vs Labs

Episode #7: PCOS Symptoms vs Labs

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure and privacy policy.

PCOS labs and symptoms can give insight into what’s going on with your polycystic ovarian syndrome. So which is best? Labs or symptoms and what should you look to as you reverse your PCOS. 

The goal is to remove the symptoms and hurdles that PCOS is causing in your life. But it’s easy to get caught up in searching for why, and when nothing seems to be helping to run all the same tests again because something must have been missed! 

In this episode, we are talking about when lab tests are helpful and when we need to go beyond labs to get the answers we need to take the actions necessary to reverse PCOS.

PCOS Labs 

So how does lab work assist with the management and healing of PCOS? What does lab work actually tell us? 

Back in episode #5, we discussed how medical treatment and your doctor can assist you on your PCOS journey even if you are taking a natural approach. 

This episode will help you take the next step to understand how to collect and use the information that both your blood tests and your symptoms are giving you.

Navigating Healing PCOS

To assist you in navigating, gathering this information, and getting the assistance you need I have a checklist for you and you can get a copy here.

What PCOS Symptoms Tell You?

And that brings us to what do your symptoms tell you about your hormones and PCOS? 

They are a huge indicator of what’s going on at the root of your PCOS hormone imbalance. If you haven’t already you can learn more about PCOS root causes in episode #3. As you start to listen to your symptoms the PCOS root cause quiz will help you decipher the symptoms and what they mean here.

And that’s why I’m here

The PCOS Repair podcast is here to help you learn more and more about your PCOS root causes and how to heal and reverse your PCOS naturally. So if you enjoyed today’s episode, tap the subscribe button so that you get notified when the next episode is released. Next week is all about how to get pregnant when you have PCOS. 

Here’s a glance at this episode…

[00:07]

There is so much focus on getting your doctor to order all the “right” labs when you have or think you may have PCOS polycystic ovarian syndrome. But is blood work really as important as it seems and if so, what labs really need to be ordered? These are great questions, and today’s episode is going to cover all things PCOS labs and what you really need to know and pay attention to as you monitor and reverse your polycystic ovarian syndrome.

[01:15]

First of all, how does blood work actually assist with the management of PCOS? What do these labs actually tell us? In some ways, they tell us a great deal, but in other ways, they don’t tell us a whole lot. It’s important to remember that when we’re talking about hormones and the endocrine system and the metabolic system, even a slight shift from your normal can lead to a huge impact on symptoms and overall health. 

[02:33]

Take it all with a grain of salt and take both what the body is telling us through symptoms as well as what medical science can tell us through lab work and other tests to put it all together to get a clear picture of what’s going on with your PCOS. So what labs should you order anyway, and why? 

[04:45]

I’m going to link a free resource for you in the resource section below in the show notes. And that resource is called your PCOS Advocate Checklist. And there’s just a bunch of great information there about how to go about getting the right labs tested, talking to your doctor and all of those things, even if you’re wanting to heal your PCOS in a more natural way. 

[05:46]

Your symptoms are really what’s important for assessing what your body needs to balance your hormones and to reverse your PCOS. So what symptoms should you take note of? 

[09:48]

Symptoms are going to tell us from day to day what our body actually needs so that we can respond in real-time. So what do you do now? I want you to go back and listen to episodes three and four where we talk about the PCOS root causes and lifestyle medicine and how to go about understanding your PCOS root cause. 

 It’s direct feedback of how our body is doing. Our objective should be to learn to tap into it and hear our body and then with a little trial and error figure out what it is our body needs.

Results are not guaranteed. Please see Medical Disclaimer for more detail.

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I’m Ashlene Korcek, and each week I’ll be sharing the latest findings on PCOS and how to make practical health changes to your lifestyle to repair your PCOS at the root cause.

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Episode #6: My PCOS Success Story

Episode #6: My PCOS Success Story

Episode #6: My PCOS Story

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My PCOS Story 

PCOS is a subject that’s very near and dear to my heart. It’s something I’ve struggled with for over 10 years, and it’s taken me time, and trial and error to get to a place where I feel like I have it under control. PCOS is a hormonal disorder that can cause irregular menstrual cycles, infertility, insulin resistance, and weight gain. 

For many women, PCOS is a lifelong battle. For me, it was definitely a journey. My journey started in my late 20s when I was trying to get pregnant and struggling with irregular cycles. It’s been a long road, but now I am a mama to 3 and live in a body that is strong, healthy and functions the way I want. 

PCOS is something that I will always have, but knowing that there is hope and that natural healing is possible has made all the difference. If you’re struggling with PCOS, know that you’re not alone and that there is hope.

The Impact of PCOS

Today’s episode is what happened during a four month wait to see my infertility specialist and the amazing impact it had on my life. 

It’s the reason that I’m here today with a mission to help women reverse their PCOS and live free of the symptoms.

Healing 

The turning point of deciding to take action, no matter how imperfect, changed my life in more ways than just reversing my PCOS.

Over the four month wait to see my infertility specialist;
I dropped about 8 pounds (about 5% of my body weight)
I felt better
My clothes fit better
my energy was up

The relief of a break from trying to get pregnant felt lighter, I felt more relaxed and I felt cared for because I was caring for myself. Being able to experience that was huge. 

Listen now! 

One of my biggest joys from this journey is that now I get to watch hundreds of other women like you do the same thing! Ready to move past the symptoms and the parts of PCOS that are holding them back so that you can create your version of your best life? 

Here’s a glance at this episode…

[00:00:06.730] – Speaker 1

My PCOS journey didn’t really get started until I was in my late 20s having irregular cycle cycles, not ovulating, and couldn’t get pregnant. 

Today’s episode is what happened during a four month wait to see my infertility specialist and the amazing impact it had on my life. 

It’s the reason that I’m here today with a mission to help women reverse their PCOS and live free of the symptoms.

[00:02:26.280] – Speaker 1

I had gone to my doctor’s appointment thinking, okay, they will figure this out for me. They will direct me to what I need to do to get pregnant. And instead, they came back with, you have PCOS and we don’t have much for you. 

[00:04:35.080] – Speaker 1

I spent so many nights at 2 AM Googling things like “chances of getting pregnant with PCOS” or “how to get pregnant with PCOS,” “infertility treatments for PCOS” and on and on and on. 

[00:05:49.400] – Speaker 1

So after feeling miserable for many days, I was starting to get sick of feeling miserable. I decided that I didn’t know what I was doing, but I had to do something! 

And with the little information that I had, I made a few lifestyle adjustments. For the past nine years, I have fine-tuned those treatment plans considerably and they have changed my life and hundreds of other women.

[00:06:55.190] – Speaker 1

But that turning point of deciding to do something has changed my life in more ways than just reversing my PCOS.

Over the four-month wait to see my infertility specialist; 

I dropped about 8 pounds (about 5% of my body weight)

I felt better. 

My clothes fit better

My energy was up

The relief from a break of trying [to get pregnant] felt lighter, I felt more relaxed and I felt cared for because I was caring for myself. Being able to experience that was huge. 

[00:08:04.870] – Speaker 1

I took a test. ….. Pregnant….. I literally couldn’t breathe. And even retelling the story makes me emotional because at that moment I realized that my dream of becoming a mommy was going to come true. 

[00:09:16.910] – Speaker 1

Was I perfect at [the lifestyle adjustments]? Did I even know what I was doing? No, I had no idea what I was doing. But I made progress. And in some ways, not having so much information may have actually let me take action. Instead of getting lost in the sea of articles, there are to read opinions that there are now on the Internet, 

But today, several years later, it’s become an enormous gift in my life because I had to learn how to make my health a priority. I had to learn to listen to and take action of what my body needs. 

Today, I get the privilege of living in a body that works and functions the way I want. My body is strong and healthy, has the energy to keep up with my three kids and busy life, and be a part of all of the sports and adventures that my family loves.

[00:10:16.810] – Speaker 1

This is my version of living my best life, and it doesn’t involve restricting calories, counting points, or being obsessed with the scale, or having any foods that are off-limits. I’ve just learned what works for me. And today, one of my biggest joys from this journey is that now I get to watch hundreds of other women do the same thing being able to move past the medications, the symptoms, and the parts of PCOS that are holding them back so that they can create their version of their best life. 

Resources & References Mentioned in this episode

Results are not guaranteed. Please see Medical Disclaimer for more detail.

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What I changed to finally get pregnant after almost 2 years of trying.

  What the heck to eat to boost PCOS fertility

  It’s not a one size fits all

  Sample Meal Plan Included

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  Go beyond diet & nourish your hormones to boost fertility

I share the steps I followed in this FREE MEAL GUIDE.

About the Show

Welcome to The PCOS Repair Podcast!

I’m Ashlene Korcek, and each week I’ll be sharing the latest findings on PCOS and how to make practical health changes to your lifestyle to repair your PCOS at the root cause.

If you’re struggling with PCOS, know that you’re not alone. In fact, it’s estimated that one in ten women have PCOS. But the good news is that there is a lot we can do to manage our symptoms and live healthy, happy lives.

So whether you’re looking for tips on nutrition, exercise, supplements, or mental health, you’ll find it all here on The PCOS Repair Podcast. Ready to get started? Hit subscribe now