Beyond Pregnancy: What All Women with PCOS Need to Know About Folic Acid

You may have heard that folic acid is important to support a healthy pregnancy, but did you know that up to 10 to 15 percent of Caucasians and more than 25 percent of Hispanics can’t metabolize folic acid?  Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase, or MTHFR, is a genetic condition in which the body can’t breakdown and convert folic acid into a usable form, resulting in infertility and miscarriages, and even serious long-term health conditions. The hormone imbalance associated with PCOS is viewed as the main cause of infertility and a reason for miscarriages, which is why MTHFR is often overlooked. Here’s what you need to know about MTHFR if you have PCOS.

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PCOS and Migraines: Ow! My Aching Head!

Migraine with PCOS is complex and can result in feelings of anxiety, hopelessness, isolation and frustration.  There is relief for you.  We can accomplish more with a team than on our own. Learn more about the relationship between PCOS, common environmental and food triggers, and treatment options.

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Putting a Stop to Binge Eating

Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are six times more likely to suffer from eating disorders according to new research presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine conference this week. Types of eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. As many as one-third of women with PCOS suffer from binge eating disorder. If this is you, here are tips to put an end to binge eating.

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea and PCOS

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Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) are at a higher risk for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) according to findings presented at the 9th Annual Meeting of the Androgen Excess & PCOS Society. One report suggests PCOS women are 30 times more likely to have OSA (low slow wave activity, sleep loss, oxygen deficiency) than compared with controls. Here’s what women with PCOS need to know about OSA.

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No Tears Shed for PCOS: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Dry Eye

Looks like women with PCOS can add yet another symptom to an already long list of complications associated with PCOS: Dry Eye Syndrome. Dry eye syndrome is a common condition, affecting an estimated 9 million Americans. Those with dry eyes know that the condition can affect the quality of life as dry eyes can impact your work and every aspect of your life. If not treated and managed, people with dry eyes can develop repeated eye infections that can eventually lead to scarring of your cornea and vision problems. Contact lenses can make dry eye worse as they suck more moisture out of an already dry eye. If you suffer from dry eye syndrome, here’s how to treat it naturally.

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PCOS And Heart Health

Regardless if you are thin or not, women with PCOS have a higher rate of cardiovascular risk factors. These risks include elevated triglyceride (TG) levels (the blood storage form of fat), blood pressure, C-reactive protein (marker of inflammation and oxidative stress), total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol (the so-called “bad” type of cholesterol), and low levels of HDL (the “good” type of cholesterol that we should have high levels of). Studies show that as many as 70% of all women with PCOS have elevated levels of LDL cholesterol and low levels of HDL (1,2) both of which are strong predictors of cardiovascular disease. Whether you have abnormal cholesterol levels or not, now is the time to take measures to improve your heart and your health. The following are 5 of the best ways to help your heart.

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