In 2008, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). After six months of blood work and doctor visits to an OBGYN, an MD, and an Endocrinologist, I had nearly given up hope of discovering what was truly wrong with me.
Let's go back to September of the previous year (2007), in which I had finally decided to kick birth control pills to the curb. I was sick of having to depend on synthetic hormones to have hormonal balance, so I quit taking them cold turkey. Within sixty days, I had put on almost 20 pounds without changing my diet or exercise routine. By Christmas that year, I maxed out at over 25 pounds and found myself sitting on my bedroom floor, crying, because I didn't fit into any of my clothes, and I was running late for Christmas Eve dinner at my mother's house.
What was happening to me? I've always been conscious of my eating habits with a few splurges here or there, and I was exercising almost seven days a week; all the while I was putting on more and more weight.
Hence, I began my journey of discovering what truly caused the weight gain and how to fix it (fast!). After my endocrinologist reviewed my elevated testosterone levels and learned that I was experiencing an absent menstrual cycle (since going off of the birth control pills), he shook his head in confusion and muttered the words "polycystic ovarian syndrome?" After diagnosing me, he told me I was in my normal weight range for my height and told me to go home.
I later learned that most doctors know very little about PCOS. That's probably why most doctors thought I had hypothyroidism or was pre-menopausal. I was 25! Although the symptoms of PCOS overlap with that of other disorders (acne, obesity, unexplained weight gain, insulin resistance, infertility, abnormal hair growth, irregular or absent menses), doctors prescribe one thing only: birth control pills. Metformin is also sometimes prescribed to control the insulin resistance.
Needless to say, I was frustrated, overwhelmed, and out of answers. I had no one to turn to. No one understood what I was going through!
Then something wonderful happened. My mother and I decided to research PCOS for ourselves, and we found an interesting company on the web, Insulite Laboratories, that specifically catered to women with PCOS and insulin resistance.
I decided to give the supplements a shot for the recommended six month plan. I figured if they didn't work, I was no worse off than my current state, and the package was completely refundable!
Within six weeks, without changing my diet (I already had a healthy diet) and exercising less often, I dropped ten pounds. It was right in time for my wedding reception; the only bad thing was my dress - it was too big on me! By my honeymoon in November (one month later), I had dropped another five pounds. I decided that since the weight was coming off with ease, I should start weight training to start getting some muscle definition. By February 2009, I had hit my starting weight and lost a total of 25 pounds! Most of my symptoms were completely gone, and I was experiencing a regular menstrual cycle.
To this day, I am in shape and feel amazing. I have also become a health and empowerment coach and have written a book about my natural findings. The book is Freedom from PCOS, and I wrote it so I could help other women with their weight loss issues! My wish is for other women to find a solution to overcome PCOS so they, too, can live fully with the best health possible.
Insulite Laboratories, a Boulder, Colorado USA based company, is committed to reversing Insulin Resistance – a potentially dangerous imbalance of blood glucose and insulin. Scientific research has revealed that this disorder can be a primary cause of excess weight gain and obesity, plus Pre-Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes. Insulin Resistance can also underlie the cluster of increased risk factors for cardiovascular damage called Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X) as well as PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome).
Recognizing that there are millions of people who need help, Insulite Labs has designed what is considered the most effective systematic approach to reversing Insulin Resistance and these associated disorders. Insulite Laboratories is recognized world-wide for developing systems to address the underlying causes of Metabolic Syndrome, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), excess weight/obesity, pre-diabetes, and Type 2 Diabetes.
For more information about PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and research links to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) , PubMed Health, GenBank, and more, visit us at www.pcos.insulitelabs.com.
Diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)