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15 Key Facts about PCOS

Posted by Allie on 6th May 2017

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PCOS is one of the most common endocrine conditions affecting women of reproductive age. Here are 15 other important facts and figures about the condition [...]

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PCOS and Low Self-Esteem Part II: Tips For Boosting Your Self-Esteem

Posted by Allie on 30th March 2017

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In Part I of this two-part blog on self-esteem we explored how and why PCOS might impact a woman’s self-esteem. Here we explore some ways to help boost your self-esteem and start challenging the negative thoughts and beliefs you may hold about yourself [...]

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PCOS and Low Self-Esteem: Part I

Posted by Allie on 30th March 2017

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In the first of this two-part blog, we look at what self-esteem is, the causes of low self-esteem and why women with PCOS experience it. In the second part of the blog we explore ways to build up your self-esteem and live more confidently with PCOS [...]

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Yoga for PCOS: How It Can Help

Posted by Allie on 29th September 2016

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Research has shown that yoga can improve PCOS symptoms and factors associated with the condition. For example, studies have found it improved hirsutism and menstrual frequency in adolescents with PCOS. Yoga has also been shown to improve sleep, quality of life, mood, anxiety and insulin resistance [...]

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PCOS & Diabetes

Posted by Allie on 12th July 2016

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Women with PCOS are at higher risk of long term health issues such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. In fact, approximately 30% of those with PCOS have type 2 diabetes and, conversely, 27% of premenopausal women with diabetes also have PCOS. Relatively few studies have examined the prevalence of type 1 diabetes in the condition [...]

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Top 3 Things You Can Do Today To Help Manage PCOS

Posted by Allie on 5th July 2016

Although there’s a wealth of information available to read on PCOS, it can sometimes be confusing to know where to start with getting symptoms under control. There’s no quick fix to managing PCOS but here are 3 ways you can start helping yourself now [...]

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PCOS & Sleep Disturbances Part II: Tips to Manage

Posted by Allie on 18th March 2016

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As sleep is so vital for our health and wellbeing, managing any disturbances or issues is crucial. However, sleep issues in women with PCOS appear to be going largely undetected and the European Society of Endocrinology has recommended that all obese women diagnosed with PCOS are screened for sleep disorders [...]

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PCOS & Sleep Disturbances Part I: Types, Causes & Health Implications

Posted by Allie on 18th March 2016

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Sleep is essential to wellbeing and believed to enable our bodies perform restorative and rejuvenating processes. However, there is some evidence that women with PCOS can experience difficulties sleeping, which may have longer term health implications [...]

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Preparing for PCOS Medical Appointments

Posted by Allie on 19th February 2016

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For some women, getting diagnosed with PCOS may come after a long and difficult journey to get answers. It’s natural to fear the unknown and medical appointments can feel daunting or intimidating for some. It’s important to be prepared as these appointments are an opportunity to speak with professionals to further educate yourself and make informed health decisions [...]

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Make your Own Non-Toxic Cleaning Products

Posted by Allie on 8th January 2016

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It was while researching and writing the article,'PCOS, Chemicals & Why You Want to Avoid Them', that I fully started to realise the potential impact of everyday household cleaning products on our health, especially as a woman with PCOS [...]

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Making Lifestyle Changes: Are You Ready?

Posted by Allie on 14th October 2015

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Chances are that if you're reading this article on the Positive Health Blog, you've read up on the huge benefits of lifestyle changes on PCOS symptoms and your general health. Sometimes though it's easier said than done to make and maintain changes. If it was as easy as reading that something's good for you to completely overhaul your diet and keep up that gym routine, we'd all be doing it! [...]

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Mind and Body Connection: The Power of Our Thoughts

Posted by Allie on 16th August 2015

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We may find that we're not enjoying optimal health for a variety of reasons including the foods we chose to eat, the activities and exercise we do, and our environment. There is an increasing body of research showing that emotions also have a big role to play in our health. Being diagnosed with a chronic health condition, such as PCOS, can stir a variety of emotions - anxiety about a diagnosis, fear of what the future holds, or maybe anger at having these health problems in the first place thinking, "Why me?" These can be normal reactions to a challenging and often uncertain situation [...]

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