PCOS For Dummies
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition in which there is an imbalance of a woman's female sex hormones, and affects an estimated 10% of all women. This hormone imbalance may cause changes in the menstrual cycle, acne, small cysts in the ovaries, difficulty conceiving, high blood pressure, and other problems. It is treatable, but not curable, and sufferers have to rely on themselves for the long-term management of their condition. If you're living with PCOS, this guide gives you the latest information concerning treatments and research into Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
PCOS For Dummies gives you a practical, plain-English guide to living with and managing Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. In addition to providing valuable information concerning the causes and symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, PCOS For Dummies gives you the facts about the various treatment options that are available, including both traditional medical treatments and alternative therapies.
- Discusses the causes and symptoms of PCOS
- Advice for dealing with this disorder
- Covers the treatments and medicine available in the United States
PCOS For Dummies is an invaluable resource for the millions who are suffering from this condition.
Part I: PCOS in a Nutshell 7
Chapter 1: Sensible and Straightforward Solutions for a Difficult Condition 9
Chapter 2: Knowing You Have PCOS 23
Part II: Taking Control of Your Symptoms 43
Chapter 3: Coping with Insulin Resistance and Its Effects 45
Chapter 4: The Glycemic Index and Diet 59
Chapter 5: Shedding the Extra Load 81
Chapter 6: Let’s Get Physical 107
Chapter 7: Taking Medications 127
Chapter 8: Giving Alternative Treatments a Shot 143
Chapter 9: Balancing Body, Mind, and Spirit 157
Part III: Menstrual Cycles, Fertility, and Pregnancy 173
Chapter 10: Finding Your Periods: How PCOS Affects the Menstrual Cycle 175
Chapter 11: Getting Pregnant: Infertility Treatments for PCOS 187
Chapter 12: Pregnancy Complications and PCOS 207
Part IV: The Part of Tens 221
Chapter 13: Ten PCOS Symptoms You Can Take Action On 223
Chapter 14: Ten Signs to Avoid a Diet 231
Chapter 15: Ten PCOS Superfoods 241
Chapter 16: Ten Places to Go to Get Information and Support 249
Sharon Perkins, RN, was a nurse coordinator for in vitro fertilization at the Cooper In Vitro Center for Hormonal Disorders. She is coauthor of Infertility For Dummies.