Today’s post is all about my PCOS update and how I have no more PMS and cramps! Yasss! I’m going to go over my supplements and other steps I’ve taken. I sprinkled this post with a cute Bohemian day dress, the perfect Miami boho look.
My PCOS Update
No More PMS and Cramps!
I have had NO MORE PMS and Cramps! Yes, you heard that right. It’s been a long time since I first found out about my PCOS. Since then I’ve tried many combinations of supplements + diet + lifestyle tips. It’s important to be careful when you read things online about natural remedies and supplements to treat and manage PCOS. PCOS is such a blanket term for any female hormonal imbalance that it could literally mean any number of issues.
My PCOS Hormone Levels
My case is that I have Estrogen Dominance (excessive off the charts Estrogen) + high Testosterone + low to normal Progesterone + Excessively high DHEA. Therefore when I look up remedies to lower Testosterone I have to double check they don’t increase Estrogen. I have to check the influence each substance has on all the other hormone levels. It’s complicated and frustrating, but necessary. So after months of my current PCOS treatment protocol, I’m finally having no PMS and major cramping. My cramps were debilitating. Heavy excessive bleeding and I would be cranky the entire week of my period and a full week before. I was always on edge and flipping out over little things. This has been an amazing change and greatly increased my overall happiness. Now I’m still not there yet. My other symptoms have not gone away. Even though I’m still thin by average American standards, I’m over weight by world standards of healthy people. Mainly in my butt and thighs (this is a clear sign of excessive Estrogen). I also swell up considerably right before my period. We are talking a good 6-10 pounds of water weight that goes away slowly after I begin menstruation. I’m also still breaking out and fuzzier than I should be. Supplements and lifestyle fixes are not quick fixes. It could take a full year or more to see more changes. So I will continue to adjust my treatment and let you know as I go.
My Current PCOS Treatment Protocol
- Selenium 200mcg
- Silymarin (Standardized Milk Thistle Extract) 250mg ( I’m going to remove this one just in case it’s processing my other supplements too fast and see what happens)
- 5-MTHF Plus B12 1 quick dissolving tablet under the tongue per day
- ALAmax CR with each meal, especially anything with carbs or sugars
- Berbemycin 1 capsule per day
- CDG EstroDIM [THIS ONE IS A MUST FOR HIGH ESTROGEN!] I was taking 3 capsules per day, now I’m upping it to 4 per day
- Zinc 90mg
- Methyl B Complex 1 capsule per day
- Histo-X 1 per day and with any food I think I may have high sensitivities to
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D ( I’m going to start a high dose now because it’s actually a hormone not a vitamin and helps lower DHEA)
- No coffee, when I don’t follow this I certainly don’t feel well
- Green Tea and herbal teas (spearmint tea steeped for 12 minutes helps lower testosterone but you need 2 cups per day and the effect goes away when you stop)
- Low carb/sugar as possible (instead I each fresh organic berries with other foods never alone)
- FAT + FIBER + PROTEIN *If you never eat anything without a healthy fat/oil, tons of fiber, and a good amount of protein you will turn off all your hunger hormones. Each hunger hormone is connected to missing one of those in your diet. So each meal needs all three without fail. Plus they are needed to be healthy, regulate your blood sugar, and push out toxins.
Low intensity for 30 minutes per day. High intensity can increase stress hormones and testosterone. So I keep my heart rate up and stead on the elliptical for 30 minutes and then do some light and slow weight training movements. 45 minutes a day is all you need and you don’t need any equipment either. Just head to Pinterest for some moves and do them slowly with a good amount of rest between sets. Rest is VERY IMPORTANT between sets! You think you’re a bad ass by going non-stop, but that increases stress and ruins your hormones.
You want to make your workout about building strength and stamina NOT triggering the flight or fight survival stress.
I have normal skin (not dry or oily), but I’m very sensitive and have hormonal acne. I’ve cut down considerably on store bought products. They simply do not work are packed with hormone disruptors. Most of my skin care is now made in the kitchen. I use a daily mask, but I do notice I break out when I forget to use it. While I’m fixing from the inside out, this is something that actually works topically.
Dealing With Stress
City life and Miami is known to be one of the most stressful and unhappiest cities to live in. With that in mind, I try to keep off the roads as much as possible.
I use Insacart and other food and such delivery services. The less I’m freaking out in traffic, the better.
You can’t hear about a happy + successful person who doesn’t meditate these days. Time to clear your mind and relax is so important. I use Insight Timer, which is a free app. I used to think I couldn’t meditate because my mind goes crazy. After just a few times and making sure to set the mood with some essential oil diffusing. I used to fail at attempts to do it during the day. Now I do it as I’m in bed to sleep. I’m happy to report it helps settle my mind before sleeping.
Are You Dealing With PCOS Or Female Hormonal Imbalance?
Get to the comments and let me know what you’re doing to treat it. Let’s all help each other!
The Bohemian Free People Dress
I absolutely loved this dress, but as usual, I needed alterations to make it fit just right on me.
I had the waist snatched in a lot. It was very loose in the waist area and made me look all sorts of frumpy. Alterations really save the day. I also took a chunk out for length. The necklace is from Kendra Scott, but quickly broke after I purchased it. Super frustrating as it was a gift. I have chosen similar pieces below in the Get The Look section.
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