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It can be ridiculously confusing living with PCOS, you're constantly reading conflicting advice. Each week, I, Clare Goodwin, will be helping to simplify this for you by sharing with you some actionable steps to take and breaking down the latest research so you can actually understand it. I'll also share some real life stories of women who've improved their PCOS symptoms to give you that weekly boost to just keep putting one foot in front of another. If you have PCOS and you want some real talk about what to do, hit that subscribe button now.

The PCOS Nutritionist Podcast Clare Goodwin

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    • 4.8 • 180 Ratings

It can be ridiculously confusing living with PCOS, you're constantly reading conflicting advice. Each week, I, Clare Goodwin, will be helping to simplify this for you by sharing with you some actionable steps to take and breaking down the latest research so you can actually understand it. I'll also share some real life stories of women who've improved their PCOS symptoms to give you that weekly boost to just keep putting one foot in front of another. If you have PCOS and you want some real talk about what to do, hit that subscribe button now.

    121: PCOS and chronic health chats + meet our nutritionists Emma and Charlie!

    121: PCOS and chronic health chats + meet our nutritionists Emma and Charlie!

    Not sure if any of you know, but it's not just me behind the PCOS Nutritionist! Back in the day, I started it just me, myself and I but of course 5 or so years later it’s grown dramatically and is definitely no one man band anymore 😂 I have a wonderful team around me helping me run parts of the company and also on some awesome projects we have coming up 👀😉
    All our staff have dealt with their own health journey's and come from a range of backgrounds so while they don't all have pcos, they do know the struggles of medical gaslighting, feeling confused, going around in circles and all other things that those dealing with chronic health issues know all too well!
    In this episode we chat about chronic health issues, thyroid, pcos, lifestyle changes, thriving > surviving, backing yourself and advocating for yourself in a healthcare setting, questions from our gram fam/patients and how Emma and Charlie came to work at The PCOS Nutritionist.
    Advocating for your health is SO important - this is something me and the team are so passionate about and something we talk about a lot in this episode. Emma and Charlie are faces you’ll see all the time if you’re working with us all in The PCOS Protocol. So if you’re wondering more about who’s going to be helping you (alongside me) in the protocol, tune into this episode!
    This episode is for you if:
    you’ve struggled with your health and chronic health issuesyou have thyroid issuesStress is a big issue for youYou’re looking into working with us but want to know more about who you’ll be working with alongside ClareYou deal with hypothalamic amenorrheaBloating is something you struggle withSome things we cover in this episode:
    Hypothalamic AmenorrheaStruggles with talking with your healthcare professional and disagreeing with themThyroid Issues - Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s, ThyroidectomiesPCOS and other conditions that come alongside thatSupplementsBloating and gut issuesCharlie’s health journey and healthcare backgroundEmma’s health journey and healthcare backgroundResources and References:
    My Book: Getting Pregnant with PCOSPrekure CoursesLinks to our programs:
    The PCOS ProtocolEggducated

    • 1 hr
    120: Which medications for PCOS weight loss actually help your root cause, rather than just ‘band-aiding’ symptoms?

    120: Which medications for PCOS weight loss actually help your root cause, rather than just ‘band-aiding’ symptoms?

    Ok so you’ve been trying everything for your PCOS and nothing is working. So, you start to think about what medications might be available to you to help you with your PCOS symptoms, like that frustrating weight gain you can’t seem to get on top of or those crazy sugar cravings that never seem to be satiated.
    It’s overwhelming when you delve into it all. You’ve heard about Metformin, but the feedback is torn - then you hear people in PCOS forums talking about Ozempic and Saxenda, which seem to be similar but are they better? What’s the difference between them all? How do they actually work? What kind of results will they give me, will it actually be worth taking it? Side effects? Which ones will ACTUALLY help the problem rather than bandaiding it?
    There’s so many things to think about when tossing up your options - especially if, like me, you went on metformin and you needed a loo present pretty much at all times 😂
    So today on The PCOS Nutritionist Podcast, I wanted to give you a bit of an overview of some of the most common insulin medications for PCOS to help cut through the noise and give you some more clarity on what your options are, the difference between them all, what to ask for and of course, the research behind each.
    Now this podcast is slightly different because it’s actually a snippet from our NEW mini module all about medications and PCOS! So if you’re listening along and thinking “interesting! I’d love to hear more about this” then go ahead and jump into that mini module! It’s only $24, so it’s a great option if you aren’t financially in a position to do the PCOS Protocol OR you just want help with little snippets of your PCOS journey rather than everything.
    This episode is for you if:
    Your weight loss is really getting the better of you and you’re over itYou’ve been told about medication options for PCOS but you’re still confused about what they actually doYour weight loss has stagnated and you’re wondering what your options areYou want to know which are the best in terms of helping that PCOS root causeThe difference between the medications is confusing youYou’ve heard your doctor and/or friends and/or people on forums with PCOS talk about a medication and you want more infoSome things we cover in this episode:
    The most common medications for improving PCOS weight lossHow they workWhat I’ve seen with these medications clinicallyWhich medications actually improve your PCOS root cause, insulin and symptomsWho these drugs are prescribed for and what the requirements areHow long do you need to stay on one of these medications for it to be effectiveWhat are the side effects of these medications?How much do these medications cost?Contraindications of these medicationsResources and References:
    NEW Medications and PCOS mini moduleNEW Breastfeeding and PCOS mini moduleMy Book: Getting Pregnant with PCOSLinks to our programs:
    The PCOS ProtocolEggdu

    • 28 min
    119: The fourth trimester: preparing for birth and postpartum PCOS

    119: The fourth trimester: preparing for birth and postpartum PCOS

    As I’m sure you can imagine having been pregnant with PCOS, I’ve had a raft of questions from other expecting mothers with PCOS and enquiring minds on how I’m preparing for birth and what the heck happens to PCOS postpartum.
    As you’re listening to this podcast, I’m actually right in the thick of the newborn stage. I’m sure I’ll reflect back on this podcast with some things I wish I’d known, but hey hindsight is a wonderful thing!
    As I’m recording this episode though, I’m a few weeks away from giving birth and I’ve been thinking a lot about how drastically life will change. While I help women and birthing people day-in-day-out with understanding their PCOS (and for some trying to conceive), I haven’t lived that postpartum experience in the first person yet — only through a more scientific lens.
    Because I know it can be such a whirlwind and an unpredictable time, I wanted to take a moment to pause and touch on what I’m doing to prepare for birth and postpartum PCOS in these final moments of this pregnancy. 
    There are so many unknowns in the fourth trimester and what I always say to my patients and protocolers is to ‘focus on what’s within your control’. So that’s exactly what I plan to do in today’s episode — share with you what’s in my control right now that will help future Clare not run around like a headless, sleep deprived chicken (or new mother hen should I say)!
    While my journey will likely be a bit different to some of yours — hello leading and running a business meaning no traditional maternity leave, I know you’ll probably think I’m crazy. I think that having this honest, open conversation about how I’m preparing for birth, postpartum life and my PCOS postpartum will have so much value to so many of you, whether you’re planning to have children or not.
    This episode is for you if:
    You’re currently pregnant with PCOSYou are curious as to how PCOS changes postpartumThe fourth trimester is worrying youYou want to know how I’m managing PCOS, a new baby and a business all at the same timeSome things we cover in this episode:
    My support systems: it takes a village to raise a child (they’re not wrong!)What I’m doing to prepare for and after birthMy approach when it comes to medicated / unmedicatedUnderstanding all the optionsBirth plans — do I have one? What does it look like?Birthing coursesThe mental pressure of being a new mum — how I’m preparingAntenatal classesBuilding a community of other mothers with similar aged babiesThe things that’ll be harder to do postpartum and how I’m navigating thatNursery plansMy postpartum survival kitWhat to expect in the first few hours, weeks and monthsLactation consultants and breastfeeding with PCOSHow I’m managing the judgements from other people on how you look after / raise your babyResources and References:
    Postpartum courseMy Book: Getting Pregnant with PCOSLinks to our programs:
    The PCOS ProtocolEggducated

    • 43 min
    118: Are these symptoms linked to my PCOS?

    118: Are these symptoms linked to my PCOS?

    PCOS is a syndrome — meaning there’s no one single way it presents, it’s a constellation of symptoms. And everyone’s constellation of PCOS symptoms looks slightly different.
    Because of this, it can be so hard to understand what symptoms are ‘normal’, what symptoms are not and whether something you’re experiencing is due to your PCOS or something else entirely.
    As you’ll know too well (and as I know all too well), sometimes symptoms can get so freakin’ bad that you don’t even want to entertain leaving the house because PCOS can completely consume you sometimes and absolutely destroy your self confidence.
    If you’re feeling really lost with understanding your symptoms, I hear you — I’ve been exactly where you are and it is so awful. You feel like your body is so out of control and there’s so many different symptoms you’re trying (and struggling) to stay on top of, it’s exhausting.
    If you’re feeling like this, I really think this episode of the podcast will speak to you. Today we're talking to the lovely Lauren, who I met through The PCOS Protocol. Now, as Lauren will tell you in her story, she had been suffering from a range of PCOS symptoms (which she didn’t realise were PCOS symptoms at the time) for many years and had just been put on the hormonal contraceptive pill, like many of us do, to deal with these symptoms. After deciding to come off, her symptoms kicked off and that's when she flagged multiple times to her doctor that this wasn’t working for her — hello PCOS diagnosis!
    That's when all of the other symptoms started to make sense to her. But until we worked together, there were so many question marks with all of her symptoms — were these just something she had to deal with? Were they a symptom of PCOS? Are these symptoms that she could improve? Is it common in PCOS for lots of other people to have some of these symptoms?
    We'll go into today a bit about Lauren's story, how she's connected the dots with symptoms she didn’t even realise were PCOS symptoms, how she’s resolved many of these symptoms and what she's still working on as well. 
    If you’re really feeling like you have a complex case of PCOS and you have unanswered questions about whether some symptoms are actually due to PCOS or not, you’ll find this episode really insightful.
    This episode is for you if:
    You’re struggling with hair lossAll your doctor has told you to do is go on the pull and come back when you want to conceiveYou find that your weight is hard to manage no matter how strict you are with nutrition and exerciseSome symptoms are confusing you and you don’t know whether they’re PCOS related or notYour periods are really irregular and unpredictableAll your doctor has told you is that calories-in-calories-out is king for managing weight gain — but it’s not working for youYou’ve found you have what looks like ingrown hairs that can really inflamed and you don’t know what they are — or what to do about themHabit change is something you find quite hard or want more guidance onSome things we cover in this episode:
    ​​Extreme gut issues with PCOS (terrible IBS, couldn’t even eat out with friends)Understanding and dealing with hirsutismHow hormonal birth control affects your PCOSAmenorrhea (missing periods) after coming off contraceptionUnderstanding and dealing with hair loss and hair thinningWhy your weight keeps going up no matter how much you diet and exerciseResources and References:
    1: Treating the root cause14: The big 3 of hair loss15: Does hair ever grow back after hair loss?

    • 48 min
    117: Everything you need to know about progesterone and PCOS with Dr Samina Mitha

    117: Everything you need to know about progesterone and PCOS with Dr Samina Mitha

    Recurrent miscarriages? 
    Sore boobs? 
    Long periods? 
    Anovulatory cycles? 
    Spotting for more than two days before your period? 
    Mood all over the place? 
    Getting PMS in the week before your period? 
    Struggling with weight gain? 
    Libido on the floor? Feel like you’re retaining a heap of water? 
    Struggling with hirsutism? 
    Noticed you struggle with getting a good sleep in the lead up to your period? 
    There’s something in common with all of these — progesterone. Specifically, not enough of it. 
    A symptom of PCOS that’s rarely talked about is low progesterone and as you can see from me asking all of those symptom questions, it’s intertwined with a lot of frustrating symptoms that many people with PCOS experience.
    You MUST ovulate in order to produce progesterone. Your doctor may have tested you on Day 21 of your cycle and said you don’t have anything to worry about or they’ve given you some progestin medication to use – but there are some major pitfalls here, especially when it comes to PCOS
    Because I’ve had SO many questions about progesterone since Samina and I recorded our original episode waaaay back in January 2021, I thought what better way to answer all of your juicy questions than bring back the progesterone queen herself! In this episode we dive deep into the world of progesterone and talk specifically about it as well in relation to PCOS — an area that we both work in and a condition that we know well, because we both have it!
    If you resonate with any of the symptoms I listed, this is an episode you’re definitely going to want to tune in for!
    This episode is for you if:
    You know or think your progesterone is low via a blood tests or symptomsYou’re struggling to ovulate or don’t think you are ovulatingYou want to know how you can improve your progesterone naturallyYou’ve come off hormonal birth control recentlyYour doctor has suggested or prescribed you proveraYou’ve been having recurrent miscarriagesSome things we cover in this episode:
    Why progesterone is often low in people with PCOSDo you ovulate later if you have low progesterone?Progesterone and pregnancyProgestin vs Bioidentical progesterone Bleeding when taking progesterone — is it a withdrawal bleed or a true period? How can you tell?How to use progesterone if you have had no period post pillSymptoms of low progesteroneCan progesterone worsen acne?Can you have too much progesterone?Ways to support progesterone production with nutritionHow can you improve progesterone naturallyResources and References:
    The other episode I did with Dr Samina — 68: All about Progesterone: why it may be low, why it’s important and how to improve your levels with Dr. Samina MithaDr. Samina’s websiteDr. Samina’s InstagramCyclical Progesterone TherapyDr Jerrilyn PriorMy Book: Getting Pregnant with PCOSLinks to our programs:
    The PCOS ProtocolEggducatedLinks to our social media:
    Instagram

    • 1 hr 5 min
    116: Let’s debunk “breast is best” and talk about how PCOS affects breastfeeding (because it feels like nobody does!)

    116: Let’s debunk “breast is best” and talk about how PCOS affects breastfeeding (because it feels like nobody does!)

    Since the birth of my sweet baby girl Flossie last month, I’ve been pretty vocal about my low milk supply and struggles with breastfeeding — not only because of my PCOS but also due to the fact that I had two failed inductions and a c-section.
    You’re told by your doctor, midwife and antenatal teachers that “breast is best”. I know I had this absolutely drilled into me! 
    But is it really?
    Well, the short answer is yes — we know that “breast is best”. 
    But what do you do when breastfeeding is not an option? 
    Will your PCOS affect your chances of being able to breastfeed? Can your lifestyle affect your breastfeeding abilities? How can you improve your chances of being able to breastfeed with PCOS and what should you look out for? What are some practical changes and additions you can make to help you if you have low supply?
    For all of you who are currently pregnant or are planning to get pregnant, these may be questions you’re asking yourself. Unfortunately, your midwife, antenatal teacher or GP may not have the answers. 
    If you don’t know where to turn to for answers or even what to look out for that may affect your chances of being able to breastfeed - this week’s episode of The PCOS Nutritionist Podcast is one you’re going to want to tune in to.
    In this week’s episode of The PCOS Nutritionist, I talk about all things breastfeeding and PCOS - what you need to look out for before and during pregnancy that may affect your ability, what you should do to get an idea of whether you’ll be able to breastfeed or not, how to tell if your baby is getting the adequate nutrients they need from your breastmilk, and lifestyle factors all women should think about that may affect milk production.
    I know this podcast isn’t relevant for everyone, but if this sounds like you, you’re planning to get pregnant in the future or you’re thinking back about your breastfeeding experience(s) after hearing about mine — it’s for you!
    This episode is for you if:
    You’re trying to conceive, currently pregnant or recently postpartumMy breastfeeding experience so far with Flossie has made you curious to understand more about PCOS and breastfeedingYou want to know if PCOS will stop you from being able to breastfeedGPs / midwifes / antenatal educators / Obstetricians have told you that ‘breast is best’ and you shouldn’t be using formulaYou can’t / weren’t able to breastfeed and you want to hear more about the science behind why that might bePreparation for breastfeeding or not being able to breastfeed is something that you want to sort before baby arrivesYou have insulin resistanceYou had issues with ovulation during pubertyYour GP / midwife / antenatal educator doesn’t seem to be able to answer your questionsSome things we cover in this episode:
    The top three things that are likely to impair your chances of being able to breastfeedWhat insulin resistance has to do with breast growth, milk production and breastfeeding in generalDrugs to help breastmilk productionThings outside of PCOS that may be affecting your ability to breastfeedWhat breastpump I use and how much I’m pumping vs. what I’m trying to do breastfeeding wiseHow to know if your baby isn’t getting the nutrients they need from your breastmilkThe best way to eat for breastfeedingAre lactation cookies actually all they’re cracked up to be?Getting back to your pre-baby weight – is it possible to do it and breastfeed at the same time?Herbs to help breastmilk productionWhat I’m doing to help my low supplyResources and References:

    • 58 min

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One of THE best PCOS Resources Out There

I have struggled with man PCOS symptoms for almost two decades, many of which I didn’t even know were connected to my PCOS until I got hooked on Claire’s podcast. It has become my single best resource for all things PCOS. Believe me when I tell you Claire’s podcast is life changing if you have PCOS, and can even be a great resource for other women’s issues if you don’t have PCOS.

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