97 episodes

Welcome to The PCOS Repair Podcast! I'm Ashlene Korcek, and each week I'll be sharing the latest findings on PCOS and how to make practical health changes to your lifestyle to repair your PCOS at the root cause.If you're struggling with PCOS, know that you're not alone. In fact, it's estimated that one in ten women have PCOS. But the good news is that there is a lot we can do to manage our symptoms and live healthy, happy lives.So whether you're looking for tips on nutrition, exercise, supplements, or mental health, you'll find it all here on The PCOS Repair Podcast. Ready to get started? Hit subscribe now

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 30 Ratings

Welcome to The PCOS Repair Podcast! I'm Ashlene Korcek, and each week I'll be sharing the latest findings on PCOS and how to make practical health changes to your lifestyle to repair your PCOS at the root cause.If you're struggling with PCOS, know that you're not alone. In fact, it's estimated that one in ten women have PCOS. But the good news is that there is a lot we can do to manage our symptoms and live healthy, happy lives.So whether you're looking for tips on nutrition, exercise, supplements, or mental health, you'll find it all here on The PCOS Repair Podcast. Ready to get started? Hit subscribe now

    Nurturing a Positive Body Image with PCOS

    Nurturing a Positive Body Image with PCOS

    In this episode, we discuss how living with PCOS can deeply affect body image and self-perception. We explore how the psychological impacts of PCOS often go unnoticed but play a critical role in overall health. With practical insights and heartfelt discussion, we tackle strategies for fostering a positive body image despite the challenges posed by PCOS. This is more than just a conversation about feeling good in your skin; it’s about recognizing and nurturing your body's needs compassionately while discovering gratitude for what your body is doing. Let’s dive in!

    Body Image and PCOS
    Our minds are often our toughest battlefields when it comes to PCOS. The condition doesn't just affect our hormonal balance; it can distort our self-image and daily experiences. In this episode, I will assist you to break down the barriers to self-love that many women face and discuss how to build a healthier relationship with our bodies. Spoiler alert!! You do not have to lie to yourself and pretend to like parts of yourself that you don’t! That’s not healthy either and that’s why I personally struggle with some of the body positivity language these days. Here you will gain the skills to appreciate, and work with your body towards whatever goals you have for yourself.

    The Impact of PCOS on Body Image
    PCOS is more than just a list of symptoms; it's a condition that can alter how we see and feel about ourselves. We'll discuss how body image issues are compounded by PCOS and why tackling these feelings is crucial for both mental and physical health. Accepting your body and growing in body positivity is an important step toward healing your PCOS hormones. When you stop being at odds with your body, health can finally begin to grow.

    Practical Steps Towards Body Acceptance
    It’s one thing to talk about body positivity; it’s another to live it. I’ll provide actionable advice for improving body image, from adapting mindsets to embracing activities that boost self-esteem and promote a positive mental outlook. This isn’t a change that happens overnight. But it’s so worth your while as you also begin to create healthier door and movement habits.


    Embracing your body with PCOS is a journey of small steps and big breakthroughs. By focusing on what our bodies can do, rather than how they look, we can shift our perspective and start healing from the inside out.


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    • 37 min
    Sleep and Hormones: An Article Review of Melatonin's Impact on PCOS

    Sleep and Hormones: An Article Review of Melatonin's Impact on PCOS

    This episode of the PCOS Repair podcast reviews a fascinating study on the effects of melatonin supplementation in women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). While the research landscape in PCOS has been expanding, this study offers insights into a novel area by investigating the impact of melatonin on hormonal, inflammatory, genetic, and oxidative stress parameters in PCOS. The link to the full article is included below but first, hit play now to listen to the review of this interesting research.

    Insights from the Study
    In this episode I review the findings and highlights from the study titled "Effects of Melatonin Supplementation on Hormonal, Inflammatory, Genetic, and Oxidative Stress Parameters in Women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome." 
    Participants in this study received either melatonin supplementation or a placebo over 12 weeks. The study monitored various parameters, including oxidative stress markers, hormone levels, inflammation, and gene expression.

    Key Findings
    The primary outcome of the study focused on changes in oxidative stress markers, particularly malondialdehyde levels. Secondary outcomes included alterations in testosterone levels, inflammatory markers, and gene expression related to inflammation. The findings of this study are significant and offer a new option to assist with PCOS health. Listen now to learn more.

    Natural Ways to Boost Melatonin
    The research demonstrates some possible benefits of melatonin for PCOS hormone balance. While supplementation is helpful for some women, this episode also covers practical tips for naturally increasing melatonin levels.

    If you are ready to learn about a less discussed impactful hormone for PCOS then hit play and listen to the research about PCOS and melatonin now.


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    • 20 min
    Olivia's Hormone Harmony Story: Balancing PCOS with Mind-Body Connection

    Olivia's Hormone Harmony Story: Balancing PCOS with Mind-Body Connection

    In today's episode, I, your host Ashlene, am excited to share the inspiring story of Olivia, a woman I had the privilege of working with last year. Olivia's journey highlights the transformative power of relinquishing the struggle to control her health and instead embracing a path of healing. Her experience resonates with many women who grapple with hormonal imbalances, experiencing a sense of chaos and frustration in their health journeys. Olivia's insights provide a fresh perspective on addressing the root cause of PCOS-related hormonal imbalances, offering valuable lessons for anyone navigating similar challenges.

    Olivia's Struggles:
    Olivia, 31 years old, grappled with a myriad of symptoms including acne, irregular periods, and mood swings, which greatly impacted her self-esteem and confidence. Despite trying various treatments such as Accutane and Spironolactone, Olivia found herself in a relentless battle against her symptoms, feeling disconnected from her body and trapped in a cycle of despair. Through her healing journey, Olivia began to see her body in a new light and embrace a new mindset toward creating the health she wanted.

    My hope in this episode is that Olivia's journey reminds you of the importance of approaching health with patience, understanding, and a willingness to listen to the body's signals. Through Olivia's experience, I encourage you to reflect on your mindset towards your health and explore new ways of nurturing your body towards harmony and well-being.


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    • 15 min
    PCOS and Menstrual Irregularities

    PCOS and Menstrual Irregularities

    The menstrual cycle is associated with many of the hormone imbalances of PCOS. This episode covers everything from irregularities to heavy bleeding and painful periods, understanding the intricacies of your cycle is key to finding your unique solutions. Are you ready to dive into how to decipher PCOS and its impact on your menstrual health

    Your Monthly Cycle
    Before tackling PCOS-related irregularities, it's essential to grasp the fundamentals of a typical menstrual cycle. During this episode, you will gain a better understanding of how your reproductive hormones fluctuate throughout a normal cycle. With this knowledge, you will then learn how even slight imbalances in these hormones can lead to chaos in your cycle. Then we dive deeper into why and how these hormones are imbalanced. These root causes while yielding similar symptoms at the surface are not all the same, and each needs it’s unique approach to healing.

    Navigating Treatment and Self Advocacy
    Addressing irregular periods goes much deeper than conventional treatments like birth control or medication-induced periods. It's crucial to look deeper into root causes and adopt holistic strategies encompassing lifestyle modifications, stress management, and nutritional interventions.

    Advocating for yourself in medical discussions empowers you to seek personalized solutions aligned with your holistic wellness journey. While interventions like Provera may be necessary for managing prolonged absence of periods, integrating lifestyle changes through a holistic approach often makes these quick-fix bandaid interventions unnecessary

    Your PCOS Journey to Regular Painfree Periods
    Understanding the intricate dynamics of your menstrual cycle lays the foundation for empowered decision-making and proactive management of PCOS. By embracing holistic healing and advocating for comprehensive care, you can navigate PCOS with confidence and reclaim control of your hormonal health. Remember, your journey to PCOS repair is unique, but you're not alone.


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    • 21 min
    Letting Go of Comparison on Your PCOS Journey

    Letting Go of Comparison on Your PCOS Journey

    Being faced with PCOS can spark curiosity and lead us to seek out success stories for inspiration. However, this can also trigger comparisons that may hinder your progress.

    Comparison can diminish your joy, confidence, and focus, leading to doubts about your own journey. Social media often exacerbates these feelings, presenting curated success stories that may not reflect reality.

    Embracing Individual Paths to Healing
    Recognizing the uniqueness of your journey is crucial. Each person's body, needs, and circumstances are different, requiring a personalized approach to healing. Shifting your perspective to embrace your unique path empowers you to move forward with confidence. Letting go of comparison allows you to focus on what truly matters—your progress and well-being.

    Shifting Perspectives and Finding Confidence
    Having self-compassion and grace allows you to navigate your journey with patience and understanding. It starts with discovering your PCOS differences and focusing on your individual needs while fostering a more supportive mindset. Acknowledging and celebrating every small win along the way is essential. Each step, regardless of its outcome, contributes to our growth and progress on your healing journey.

    Embracing our unique journey and seeking support when needed are vital steps in navigating PCOS. If you're seeking guidance on your healing journey, don't hesitate to reach out for support and explore available resources.


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    • 19 min
    Weight Management and Contraception For PCOS Women

    Weight Management and Contraception For PCOS Women

    This episode of the PCOS Repair podcast explores the relationship between contraceptives and weight gain, drawing insights from recent research. The historical myth that birth control doesn’t cause weight gain is about to be exposed. Traditional medical responses has denied a causal relationship, but recent research suggests otherwise, especially concerning progesterone-only contraceptives. Ready to learn the truth? Hit play now for the latest research on the topic.

    The Research: Birth Control Effect on Weight
    We review a recent research article titled "Weight Changes Among Women Using Intramuscular Depo Medroxyprogesterone Acetate, a Copper Intrauterine Device, or a Levonorgestrel Implant for Contraceptive Use." The study investigates the weight disparities associated with various contraceptive methods among women with PCOS.

    Research Findings and Insights
    While all three groups experienced a weight increase, the magnitude varied significantly between the different birth control options. Individual responses varied within each group, highlighting the need for personalized counseling and decision-making however the trend was evident in which forms of birth control were more likely to have a negative impact on the woman’s weight.

    This research topic is so important because there isn’t a right choice for women when it comes to birth control. Whether to take it, times it might be a good choice or a counterproductive choice all boil down to such individual factors. This is why reliable accurate information is vital in order for women to have informed decision-making in their reproductive health. By sharing this research, I hope to empower you to make informed choices about your health, considering both the benefits and potential side effects of different contraceptive methods. Hit play now to learn what the current research is showing.


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    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

Wiscogal27 ,

A must-listen for every woman w PCOS

This podcast is such a breath of fresh air. Ashlene describes the elements of PCOS in truly a balanced way considering the medical AND lifestyle AND psychological perspective. I’ve found other PCOS podcasts are all “medical” or all “natural/holistic” but don’t have a good balance of both. I’ve been struggling with my new PCOS diagnosis and I’m so so grateful to have found this podcast. Thank you, SO much Ashlene!!

ptrehaber ,

The most sincere podcaster I have ever listened to!

I am only several episodes into listening and have to say, I'm intriguingly hooked! I am doing as much research as I can to help better understand and manage my teenage daughter's PCOS diagnosis. Thank you for sharing your life's experience (which made me cry) but for presenting your information in a very understandable and relatable manner. I appreciate your body positive messaging and empathetic knowledge. I will definitely have my daughter start listening as well! I just know it will help her in so many ways! Thank you so, so much!

elena78lol ,

Thank you!

I really wanted to understand more my condition and with your explanations I’m finally learning how to treat Pcos with lifestyle! I’m forever grateful ❤️

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