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How to know if PCOS is improving

A PCOS Episode

How do you know if all the changes you’re making to manage your PCOS are actually working? How can you tell if your PCOS is actually improving?

I got that question from a member of The Hormone Dietitian Community recently, and I thought you might want to hear my answer as well, so I dedicated this episode to answering how to know if PCOS symptoms are improving!

PCOS is complex, and the symptoms can affect nearly every system in the body. And every case of PCOS is unique — different symptom presentation, different root causes driving those symptoms, different severities of root causes. Not to mention your unique needs, goals, preferences, lifestyle, time and budget to spend implementing changes, access to care, other medical conditions and medications, and more. It may seem like a lot, but the “perfect” PCOS plan for YOU has to be personalized.

In other words, you can spend a lot of time trying different dietary approaches, different exercise regimens and routines, making sure you’re getting enough sleep, finding a stress management approach that works for you,  etc… but which changes are going to make the biggest impact on YOUR PCOS symptoms?

And that’s not even mentioning supplements… there are so many that can potentially be helpful in PCOS, but which is right for your situation?

It’s easy to waste a lot of time and money on approaches that don’t work for you, so knowing how to evaluate if your PCOS plan is working or not — and relatively quickly — is important!

In this week’s solo episode, I’m walking you through how to know if your PCOS plan is working for YOU — in other words, how to know if PCOS symptoms are improving, and what timeline you can expect to see improvements happen on.

This Week I Talk About: 

  • Common PCOS symptoms and the 4 root causes of ALL PCOS symptoms
  • Why I don’t consider diet and lifestyle to be root causes of PCOS
  • My 4-pronged treatment approach for PCOS
  • Why the order of my 6-step process impacts time to specific PCOS symptom resolution
  • Which symptoms I typically see clear up first in my PCOS patients and students
  • A realistic timeline for PCOS symptom improvement, and which symptoms take the longest to improve
  • I also take a deeper look at 2 symptoms in particular — weight and infertility — because these are the two most common symptoms my clients and students want to improve
  • What your next step should be in getting relief from PCOS symptoms


Mentioned in this episode

The PCOS Root Cause Roadmap – If you’ve been struggling with alll of the symptoms of PCOS and don’t know where to start, The PCOS Root Cause Roadmap is my proven and proprietary 6-step signature method to PCOS success. I help you identify and address the root causes of YOUR PCOS symptoms so that you can feel confident you’re making the right nutrition, lifestyle, and supplement changes for your situation.

The PCOS Root Cause Roadmap is based on the exact same methods and tools I use with my clients to get results. They periods back, confirm ovulation, increase energy, decrease cravings, improve skin and hair, lose weight while eating MORE food, and get pregnant naturally. It contains everything you need for support: including dietitian-designed suggested weekly meal plans and hundreds of PCOS-friendly recipes, 6 exclusive PCOS yoga videos developed to complement the modules of this program, and a private support community where you can join the over 700 women who’ve gone through the course. And you get lifetime access, so there’s no rush in working through the program and you can always go back if things change.

The PCOS Root Cause Roadmap is only open for enrollment 2x a year! Learn more & join the waitlist. 

Or — Ready to step it up a notch and get personalized PCOS Answers? Now accepting PCOS Answers Program applications for the remainder of 2022. Work with The Hormone Dietitian in a one-on-one functional medicine intake, get root cause lab testing, go over your results in detail in a follow-up appointment, and get a personalized nutrition, lifestyle, and supplement protocol based on your results. Learn more and apply here. 

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Disclaimer: This website and podcast are not intended to provide medical advice. Please consult with your doctor before implementing nutrition, lifestyle, or supplement changes. The symptom resolution timelines discussed in this episode are typical of clients and students of The Hormone Dietitian and may not be typical.

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