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With a chronic ailment affecting one in every 5 women, come misjudged assumptions, myths, misplaced beliefs and whatnot. It can often be difficult to navigate a chronic ailment based on what people close to us say and supposedly benign advice which can potentially be completely unscientific. This is why we felt the need to collate some of the most commonly heard myths (to the extent that they are assumed to be true) to clear the air. Myth 1: PCOS is a disease of the ovaries Fact: PCOS is an endocrine and metabolic disorder that affects the body beyond the ovaries. Not everyone with PCOS has ovarian cysts, and polycystic ovaries on their own don’t meet the criteria for diagnosis. Myth 2: Irregular menstrual cycle means one has PCOS Fact: While irregular periods are a symptom of PCOS, missed periods or irregular periods can also be caused by other chronic ailments or lifestyle conditions. Irregular periods can be caused by inadequate exercise, excess stress or improper functioning of the thyroid gland also. Myth 3: PCOS can be reversed Fact: PCOS cannot be cured. Only the symptoms of PCOS like fertility issues, weight issues, acne, hair loss etc can be reversed. Diet and exercise changes can have a big impact on preventing and managing PCOS. Myth 4: People with PCOS cannot get pregnant naturally Fact: That’s not true. Getting pregnant can take longer if ovulation is occurring every few months and not every month. People with PCOS are more likely to seek out and require fertility treatments than people who don’t have it. But research shows that people with and without PCOS have a similar number of pregnancies and children over their lifetimes. In fact, the majority of people with PCOS who are trying to conceive will become pregnant and give birth without any fertility treatment at least once in their life Myth 5: PCOS happens only in overweight women Fact: Weight gain is common in women with acquired PCOS due to a sedentary lifestyle. Almost 80-85 per cent of women with PCOS are overweight. But PCOS can happen in women with normal body weight also, particularly those who have a family history. Myth 6: Losing weight can completely cure PCOS Fact: Unfortunately, PCOS is life long condition, one that can be managed but never cured. A weight loss of at least 10 per cent will result in an improvement of symptoms by decreasing hyperinsulinemia and excess male hormones. Myth 7: Women With PCOS Can Lose Weight Like Anyone Else Fact: Not true — weight loss is a lot more complicated for women with PCOS. Insulin resistance makes it harder for women with PCOS to lose weight and so while they may control their diets and exercise as much as an average person, their weight loss is a lot more gradual. Myth 8: You’ll Know for Sure if You Have PCOS Fact: With common symptoms like acne, mood problems, and irregular periods, it can be easy to chalk these up to other causes, like stress. The only way to know for sure is to consult an OB-GYN and get tested with the Rotterdam criteria. Myth 9: Every Woman With PCOS Should Go on the Birth Control Pill Fact: Hormonal birth control is a common way doctors treat the menstrual irregularities of PCOS. But the treatment for PCOS will largely depend on your end goal. If you want to get pregnant, you certainly won’t go on a birth control pill. There are ways to manage your PCOS and reverse the symptoms by reducing stress, adding more exercise, and yoga to your routine and having a nutritious and anti-inflammatory diet. Myth 10: If you get PCOS, you will also get diabetes or thyroid issues Fact: Not true. While insulin resistance heightens your chances of getting diabetes or improper thyroid functioning, there is no direct correlation between PCOS and them. Have more questions? The team at Shyft is equipped to help you. Our expert panel of Clinical nutritionists, yoga experts and doctors ensure that the advice for lifestyle modification is tailored to your specific requirements. Download the app today for more specific advice on managing your PCOS with yoga and nutrition!

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PCOS Care

PCOS care typically involves a combination of lifestyle modifications, medication, and regular monitoring of symptoms and complications.

PCOS

Busting Common PCOS Myths

With a chronic ailment affecting one in every 5 women, come misjudged assumptions, myths, misplaced beliefs and whatnot. It can often be difficult to navigate a chronic ailment based on what people close to us say and supposedly benign advice which can potentially be completely unscientific. This is why we felt the need to collate some of the most commonly heard myths (to the extent that they are assumed to be true) to clear the air. Myth 1: PCOS is…

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Yoga for PCOS

5 Asanas every woman with PCOS must add to her routine

There is no doubt that exercise and yoga can help regulate hormonal imbalances. Yoga is an excellent way to decrease testosterone levels and alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression in women with PCOS. Engaging in daily exercise is crucial to help balance hormones, and manage blood sugar levels and insulin levels. Moreover, yoga can help with building strength, boosting metabolism and managing weight. Here are 5 simple yoga routines all women with PCOS must add to their routine to ensure…

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PCOS - mental health

PCOS may impact your mental health. Here’s how you can deal with it

Living with a chronic ailment can often have its own toll on one’s mental health and well-being. Especially for women, when a chronic ailment affects the way they look because of hormonal imbalances that cause infertility, obesity, and excessive facial hair, it can also lead to severe mental health issues including anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. For a lot of women, aspects of life like infertility and inability in childbearing can leave them questioning their worth and cause negative perceptions…

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PCOS exercise

Have PCOS? Here are exercises to help reverse the symptoms

Exercise for PCOS, any other chronic ailment, or otherwise is not just recommended but should be a priority with the lifestyle and habits today. The calorific intake, on average today is on the rise and exercise is crucial to ensure weight management along with maintaining hormonal balance. While there are many things that can help you manage your weight better, and get the blood flowing and heart racing — everyone, much like their tastes and interests has a different way…

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PCOS Nutrition

Eating right for Cysters! How nutrition helps with PCOS

Eating right is crucial for general well-being for everyone but becomes even more important when you’re dealing with a chronic ailment like PCOS. The good news is that most of the symptoms of PCOS can be reversed with the right nutrition! Eating right and on time can balance out your hormones, regularize your period cycle, reduce insulin resistance and improve your metabolic rate. When it comes to dietary advice for women with PCOS — the internet is abundant with information…

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PCOS Management

Lifestyle Tips To Manage PCOS

Manging PCOS can be tricky. While the internet is flooded with things to do and avoid — it can be challenging to know what works best for you. No two bodies are alike and thus, the degree or symptoms of PCOS also differ from person to person. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) could be genetic or environmental factors that could be playing an important role in the pathology of the chronic ailment.  There’s no cure for PCOS, but your symptoms can…

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Is PCOS Genetic?

Is PCOS Genetic?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a very common endocrinal disorder that has a large impact on the health burden of women and is believed to have a strong genetic basis. Despite extensive studies of PCOS, endocrinologists lack a firm understanding of how it originates. While genetics are passed down from previous generations, it’s not always the case with genetic components of chronic ailments. In short, PCOS may or may not be genetic. A complex ailment like PCOS can be triggered…

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PCOS & Diabetes

Are PCOS and Diabetes correlated?

PCOS, an endocrinological disorder can be linked to diabetes. While the link is not proven, women with PCOS have the tendency to get symptoms of diabetes. PCOS causes irregular periods and infertility in women. Experts are not sure of what causes it, but they do know that women who have PCOS have a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, a condition that affects how the body manages blood sugar. It is important to understand both conditions to understand the underlying…

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Ovulation for Women with PCOS

Ovulation is a natural and healthy event for women. In normal menstrual cycles, ovulation typically happens in the middle of the menstrual cycle which is about 14 days before the next menstrual cycle. Tracking your period cycles can be very important if you suffer from PCOS because it can help to determine when you are most likely to be able to get pregnant. What is PCOS? PCOS, or polycystic ovarian syndrome, is a hormonal disorder that can affect a woman’s…

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The connection between PCOS and Oral Care

If you have PCOS, you may have already encountered a few issues with your oral hygiene. While no direct studies point toward the direct connection between PCOS and dental problems, there are personal observations on how PCOS may cause rancid breath or more severe dental issues also. Let’s deep dive to understand this better — What causes dental problems in people with PCOS? Insulin Resistance Insulin resistance is one of the most common symptoms of PCOS, starting in the mouth.…

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5 things to gift someone who has PCOS

5 things to gift to someone with PCOS 

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that affects women of reproductive age. The condition can cause a wide range of symptoms, including irregular periods, weight gain, acne, and hair growth. If you have a friend or family member with PCOS, it can be difficult to know what to give them as a gift. Here are five ideas for thoughtful and helpful gifts that can help support someone with PCOS. Insulated Water Bottle Staying hydrated is essential for managing…

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Everything about Lean PCOS

Everything about Lean PCOS

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that affects approximately 1 in 10 women of reproductive age. It is a complex condition with many symptoms, including irregular periods, weight gain, and fertility issues. There are different types of PCOS, and one of them is called Lean PCOS. This blog will discuss Lean PCOS, its symptoms, and how it can be managed. What is Lean PCOS? Lean PCOS, or non-obese PCOS, is a subtype of PCOS that affects women with…

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6 Things people with PCOS want you to know

6 Things people with PCOS want you to know

If you're here because someone close to you has PCOS, you're doing good. You must understand that people with PCOS do not find it easy to communicate about their struggles with the condition, which also impacts their relationships. Taking a proactive step to understand what living with PCOS looks like can be extremely beneficial. The symptoms of PCOS can prevent them from doing many things that might be easy for people who do not have the condition. If you're aware…

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What causes fatigue during PCOS

What causes fatigue during PCOS?

PCOS is a condition that affects the endocrine glands, causing an overall hormonal imbalance. This leads to abnormal development of the ovaries, often producing too much or too little estrogen and progesterone resulting in acne, excess facial or body hair, and many other symptoms. Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms seen with PCOS because when you have PCOS, you experience irregular periods and high and low estrogen levels throughout your menstrual cycle, which can affect your well-being daily.…

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5 tips to manage fatigue with PCOS

5 ways to manage PCOS Fatigue

Are you tired of being tired all the time? And is it because of your PCOS? Living with PCOS is a challenging journey, and there are various reasons why it causes fatigue. But if you already understand those reasons, working on them is more accessible. 5 tips for managing fatigue If you have been searching for ways to manage fatigue with PCOS, then look no more! Our blog has everything you need to know to deal with exhaustion caused by…

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Understanding PCOS

Understanding PCOS is important for effective management, as it is a complex condition that can have a range of physical and emotional effects.

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Busting Common PCOS Myths

With a chronic ailment affecting one in every 5 women, come misjudged assumptions, myths, misplaced beliefs and whatnot. It can often be difficult to navigate a chronic ailment based on what people close to us say and supposedly benign advice which can potentially be completely unscientific. This is why we felt the need to collate some of the most commonly heard myths (to the extent that they are assumed to be true) to clear the air. Myth 1: PCOS is…

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Yoga for PCOS

5 Asanas every woman with PCOS must add to her routine

There is no doubt that exercise and yoga can help regulate hormonal imbalances. Yoga is an excellent way to decrease testosterone levels and alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression in women with PCOS. Engaging in daily exercise is crucial to help balance hormones, and manage blood sugar levels and insulin levels. Moreover, yoga can help with building strength, boosting metabolism and managing weight. Here are 5 simple yoga routines all women with PCOS must add to their routine to ensure…

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PCOS - mental health

PCOS may impact your mental health. Here’s how you can deal with it

Living with a chronic ailment can often have its own toll on one’s mental health and well-being. Especially for women, when a chronic ailment affects the way they look because of hormonal imbalances that cause infertility, obesity, and excessive facial hair, it can also lead to severe mental health issues including anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. For a lot of women, aspects of life like infertility and inability in childbearing can leave them questioning their worth and cause negative perceptions…

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PCOS exercise

Have PCOS? Here are exercises to help reverse the symptoms

Exercise for PCOS, any other chronic ailment, or otherwise is not just recommended but should be a priority with the lifestyle and habits today. The calorific intake, on average today is on the rise and exercise is crucial to ensure weight management along with maintaining hormonal balance. While there are many things that can help you manage your weight better, and get the blood flowing and heart racing — everyone, much like their tastes and interests has a different way…

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PCOS Nutrition

Eating right for Cysters! How nutrition helps with PCOS

Eating right is crucial for general well-being for everyone but becomes even more important when you’re dealing with a chronic ailment like PCOS. The good news is that most of the symptoms of PCOS can be reversed with the right nutrition! Eating right and on time can balance out your hormones, regularize your period cycle, reduce insulin resistance and improve your metabolic rate. When it comes to dietary advice for women with PCOS — the internet is abundant with information…

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PCOS and its impact on Immune System

PCOS and Strengthening your immune system

PCOS comes with a lot of symptoms. It's often hard to determine whether something is happening because of PCOS or a general health issue. If you have PCOS, you might have often wondered why you get sick quickly. This might be due to a low immune system, which PCOS can cause. How to strengthen your immune system? Try cutting on dairy and gluten. The gut has difficulty breaking down the proteins in dairy and gluten. Inflammation in your stomach serves…

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Nutrition

Nutrition can play a key role in managing PCOS symptoms, with a focus on a balanced diet that includes healthy fats, lean protein, and complex carbohydrates.

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Busting Common PCOS Myths

With a chronic ailment affecting one in every 5 women, come misjudged assumptions, myths, misplaced beliefs and whatnot. It can often be difficult to navigate a chronic ailment based on what people close to us say and supposedly benign advice which can potentially be completely unscientific. This is why we felt the need to collate some of the most commonly heard myths (to the extent that they are assumed to be true) to clear the air. Myth 1: PCOS is…

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Coffee and PCOS: Can Your Favorite Brew Affect Your Symptoms?

Ah, coffee - the elixir of life for many of us. Whether it’s the first thing we reach for in the morning or a mid-day pick-me-up, there’s no denying that coffee is a staple in our daily routine. But what about those of us with PCOS? Can our love for coffee exacerbate our symptoms? This article will explore the relationship between coffee and PCOS and whether you should reduce your caffeine intake. The Benefits of Coffee for PCOS Contrary to…

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PCOS Nutrition

Eating right for Cysters! How nutrition helps with PCOS

Eating right is crucial for general well-being for everyone but becomes even more important when you’re dealing with a chronic ailment like PCOS. The good news is that most of the symptoms of PCOS can be reversed with the right nutrition! Eating right and on time can balance out your hormones, regularize your period cycle, reduce insulin resistance and improve your metabolic rate. When it comes to dietary advice for women with PCOS — the internet is abundant with information…

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PCOS Management

Lifestyle Tips To Manage PCOS

Manging PCOS can be tricky. While the internet is flooded with things to do and avoid — it can be challenging to know what works best for you. No two bodies are alike and thus, the degree or symptoms of PCOS also differ from person to person. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) could be genetic or environmental factors that could be playing an important role in the pathology of the chronic ailment.  There’s no cure for PCOS, but your symptoms can…

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27 Apr 2023

PCOS & Diabetes

Are PCOS and Diabetes correlated?

PCOS, an endocrinological disorder can be linked to diabetes. While the link is not proven, women with PCOS have the tendency to get symptoms of diabetes. PCOS causes irregular periods and infertility in women. Experts are not sure of what causes it, but they do know that women who have PCOS have a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, a condition that affects how the body manages blood sugar. It is important to understand both conditions to understand the underlying…

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5 Healthy Breakfasts to try with PCOS

5 Healthy Breakfasts to Try for PCOS

Eating habits are impacted the most during PCOS. You must determine what triggers your symptoms and how to manage your calorie intake. It's not easy to follow a strict diet immediately, but you can start by gradually adding healthy and easy things to make. Now breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, so starting with a healthy breakfast can be an excellent way to begin your PCOS diet. In this blog, we have listed 5 healthy…

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Fertility

Fertility can be affected by PCOS due to irregular periods and ovulation, but treatment options such as medications and assisted reproductive technologies can improve the chances of conception.

PCOS and Libido - The connection

PCOS and Libido: Understanding the Connection and Ways to Improve It

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that affects millions of women worldwide. It can cause a range of symptoms, including irregular periods, weight gain, acne, and hair growth. One lesser-known symptom of PCOS is a decreased libido, which can have a significant impact on a woman's quality of life. In this article, we'll explore the connection between PCOS and libido and discuss ways to improve libido. The Connection between PCOS and Libido PCOS can have a significant impact…

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Symptoms

Symptoms of PCOS can vary widely but may include irregular periods, weight gain, acne, excess hair growth, and infertility.

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Busting Common PCOS Myths

With a chronic ailment affecting one in every 5 women, come misjudged assumptions, myths, misplaced beliefs and whatnot. It can often be difficult to navigate a chronic ailment based on what people close to us say and supposedly benign advice which can potentially be completely unscientific. This is why we felt the need to collate some of the most commonly heard myths (to the extent that they are assumed to be true) to clear the air. Myth 1: PCOS is…

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Ovulation for Women with PCOS

Ovulation is a natural and healthy event for women. In normal menstrual cycles, ovulation typically happens in the middle of the menstrual cycle which is about 14 days before the next menstrual cycle. Tracking your period cycles can be very important if you suffer from PCOS because it can help to determine when you are most likely to be able to get pregnant. What is PCOS? PCOS, or polycystic ovarian syndrome, is a hormonal disorder that can affect a woman’s…

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Lesser Known Symptoms of PCOS

PCOS has a lot of symptoms that people have to deal with. Some of them are very well known as they are prevalent, like irregular periods, hirsutism, weight gain, or sleep troubles are well known. However, many others may not be that well-known but are equally essential to understand and address. In this blog, we will explore those lesser-known symptoms of PCOS for those suffering from them. Remember, you are not alone! Frequent headaches Regular headaches and migraines might develop…

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Tips to manage excessive sweating with PCOS

Ladies, we all know how uncomfortable sweating can be, especially when it's excessive. But did you know that excessive sweating can be a symptom of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)? This blog will delve into the World of PCOS and sweating and share some tips on managing this pesky problem. PCOS and Sweating Excessive sweating is a common symptom of PCOS, and it can occur in various parts of the body, such as the underarms, palms, feet, and face. This sweating…

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How to prevent diabetes if you have PCOS

Preventing Diabetes for Women with PCOS

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that affects up to 10% of women of reproductive age. PCOS is characterised by various symptoms, including irregular periods, infertility, weight gain, and an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. ]Women with PCOS are at a higher risk of developing diabetes, specifically, four times more likely than women who don't have PCOS. How to prevent diabetes if you have PCOS Certain lifestyle modifications such as regular exercise, healthy eating habits, weight…

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