Yes… there is a type, pretty daunting I know, When I was first diagnosed with PCOS it was honestly the most daunting thing in the world for me, there was so much conflicting information out there, and you have all of these symptoms that you don’t understand because let’s face it… our doctors aren’t the most helpful when it comes to dealing with what I have now tagged a unicorn condition.
After years of purely looking for solutions for the symptoms I was experiencing and coming up short for answers, I decided that maybe the best thing I could do, would be to look at the root of this condition, what is it that is causing all of these symptoms? this was something I had shied away from for so long. I can’t say that after my hours of research that I magically found the answer, but I did find some information that changed the game for me, and has made my journey just a little bit easier. .Let me start off by asking this, are you aware of the different types of PCOS and what this means for you?
Have you tried was feels like 100 different herbs, exercises, diet plans? same… and none of them worked until I learnt this, PCOS is not a one size fits all diagnosis, this is because there are 4 different types of PCOS, and for many just from hearing about them and their symptoms most women can figure out what category they fit into, and what they need to do to help make this condition just a little more bearable, so let me tell you what the 4 types are.
- Insulin-resistant PCOS
Insulin-Resistant PCOS is thought to be the most common type, effecting a majority of the ladies who have been diagnosed. So what happens if you have this type?
With insulin resistance, you may experience normal blood sugar levels, but with high insulin, essentially this is because your cells in your muscles, fat, and liver don’t respond well to insulin and can’t easily take up glucose from your blood. As a result, your pancreas makes more insulin to assist with helping glucose to enter your cells. This then leads to inflammation in the body and weight gain.
Some of the symptoms of insuline resistance are;
Darkening of skin in the groin, armpits, or behind the neck
Frequent or increased urination
Increased hunger or thirst
Tingling sensation in the hands of feet
Craving sweet and salty foods
2. Inflammatory PCOS
With this type, Your body simply reacting to chronic inflammation, this inflammation can be caused by several different factors, one example being food sensitivities such as dairy. This inflammation then causes your ovaries to go into overdrive and generate too much testosterone, and as well all know as women too much testosterone is not good and completely throws our natural functions out of balance. One of the best ways to handle this can be by addressing what it is that is causing your inflammation and tackling it at the root.
Some of the symptoms of this type are;
Excessive Hair Growth
Menstrual Cycle Irregularities
3. Post Pill PCOS
This type for me I have to say is the most self-explanatory of the 4, and in short, your symptoms may be a result of you withdrawing after coming off of the pill. Essentially, stopping the pill can cause the body to be thrown out of balance and in turn, this causes it to have a temporary surge in androgen’s, I know it is easier said than done, but the best advice for this type if to stay calm, because more often than note these symptoms are just temporary and will soon pass once your body has balanced it’s self out.
If the symptoms are overwhelming, then you can aid the process by taking natural androgen suppressants. You may be wondering what the symptoms of this type are, and honestly, it varies, but mostly the same symptoms are the inflammatory type. You can identify this type through personal circumstance, eg; have you just come off of the pill?
4. Adrenal PCOS
In contrast with insulin-resistant PCOS Adrenal PCOS only accounts for around 10% of PCOS diagnosis, so what is Adrenal PCOS otherwise known as DHEAS? This type includes the elevation of both Testosterone and Androstenedione from the ovaries, Sounds something like inflammatory right? wrong… unlike the other types Adrenal PCOS is caused by the bodies response to too much stress. This can be to much physical stress on the body through intense exercise, or emotional. Many women often find that with this type, the best way to get your symptoms under control is through practising more mindfulness in the way of mediation and yoga, but also by becoming more intuitive, and paying attention when your body is showing signs of elevated stress.
The symptoms pretty much the same as inflammatory.
Through research, I think that one of the most interesting things I have learnt is that for many women we won’t just fall into one type of PCOS, and in fact, for a majority of women we are battling with a combination, so while the symptoms may look the same, the root causes appear to be very much different. Showing that while one thing may work for one woman it may prove to be very ineffective for you, and the secret to battling this condition is understanding the uniqueness of your experience, and embarking on a journey through food, lifestyle, and exercise that it is tailored only for you. We can draw from another woman’s experience and take comfort in knowing that we are not alone in this experience, my best bit of advice would be to not be discouraged if something doesn’t work, go back to the drawing board and try again. You got this.
Until next time,