Hidradenitis Suppurativa, Diet, And PCOS

Women with PCOS sure have their share of dermatological concerns. These include acne, excess body hair growth, and hair loss or alopecia. But there is another lesser known PCOS-related symptom that some women with the condition experience called Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS). Often referred to as “bumps” or “boils,” HS can have a significant impact on a woman’s self-esteem and body image. Recent research is showing advancements in treatment options for HS, including nutrition modifications. Here’s what you need to know.

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What Women With PCOS Should Know About Egg Freezing

“Why at twenty-eight years of age are you freezing your eggs?” I received this question a lot from family and friends. But, I didn’t let their lack of education on fertility preservation and unawareness of my diagnosis of PCOS change the decision I made for my future self. And I am forever grateful for the decision I made to freeze my eggs.

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Mindfulness: An Essential Component to PCOS Management

Let’s face it: People are more stressed than ever before and it’s not getting much better. We work hard, often times juggling more than we can handle. We care for other people. On a daily basis we are flooded with different forms of information. Smartphones, tablets, TV, radio, computers, even watches consume much of our time and attention. Attention that is not given to ourselves and our bodies. Which is why we all could use a little (or a lot) more mindfulness.

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Breastfeeding and PCOS: Maximizing Success

I’ll never forget the moment when I first learned that women with PCOS may have a difficult time breastfeeding. I had just given birth after days of labor only to have an emergency c-section. As soon as I was transferred to a hospital room, Terri, the hospital lactation consultant burst through the door. With her were piles of handouts and a contraption I had never laid eyes on before: a hospital grade breast pump. Immediately, Terri started telling me that because I have PCOS, I may experience a problem with breastfeeding. One way to minimize any risk was to start pumping milk-NOW!

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PCOS: Unique Concerns During Pregnancy and Lactation

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Pregnancy can be an exciting time for women with PCOS, especially because so many of them may have been trying to conceive for years, with or without fertility treatments. However, having PCOS and being pregnant does pose some concerns. Some women who have undergone fertility treatments may carry multiple babies and will have special dietary and medical needs. Also, because many women with PCOS have hormonal imbalances and are overweight or obese, they are at higher risk for miscarriage and complications such as gestational diabetes mellitus and hypertensive disorders during pregnancy. Proper medical management and medical nutrition therapy are imperative to prevent the onset of these complications and optimize fetal growth and development.

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What to Eat to Get Pregnant with PCOS

Researchers know more than ever about the influence of nutrition on a person’s fertility. A healthy diet not only can improve the metabolic and reproductive factors associated with PCOS but egg development and ovulation too. Here are some clinically-proven ways to eat to improve your fertility and get your body ready to support a healthy pregnancy.

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