Today we spoke with Laurence Annez, PCOS expert and Holistic Nutritionist who supports women on their healing journeys with PCOS. Laurence gives us insight her experience with PCOS, why she got into this field and how she helps women with PCOS now. PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) sounds like it's an issue with the ovaries only but really it's a metabolic disorder that affects 1/5 (possibly more) women of reproductive age. Many women with PCOS may not even know they have it, especially since it is a disorder of exclusion and there is a spectrum you can fall along. Not to mention there are many symptoms associated with PCOS, but not every women has every symptom. Some examples are: cystic acne, irregular periods, weight gain (especially around the belly), sugar cravings, abnormal hair growth, fertility issues, hair thinning on the head, mood swings, fatigue and more.
Laurence dives into diagnosis, the types of PCOS, seeking support from doctors, lifestyle changes, exercise recommendations, natural support options and more on this episode. You can find her @laurence.annez on instagram if you're looking for up to date recommendations and/or group + one-on-one PCOS healing support. Laurence also has her own podcast "Addicted to Healthy."
Medical Disclaimer: We are not doctors but we are speaking about our authentic experience with PCOS to give you some insight into some steps you can take naturally to improve your quality of life.
I should also add at the end when I discussed some theories of the origins of PCOS on an evolutionary level, these are just theories and I am not an expert. Likewise, although many women with PCOS are more prone to putting on muscle easily, this is not true for all, and many struggle with weight loss. There is no one-size-fits-all experience of PCOS. Also, women of any size can have PCOS, insulin resistance and varying degrees of severity of symptoms. The good news is you do not have to suffer your entire life with the symptoms of PCOS and you have the power to change them. Please don't hesitate to connect with me @fullyfreewellness on instagram.