Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is an endocrine disorder that is one of the leading causes of female infertility in the world. PCOS affects your body in the following ways: infertility, irregular menstrual cycles, anovulation (not ovulating properly), polycystic ovaries, excess acne and hair growth, insulin resistance, weight gain (and difficulty losing weight), increase chances of developing type 2 diabetes/high blood pressure/high cholesterol/heart disease/endometrial cancer.

When I was first diagnosed with PCOS in 2010 the only part I cared about (or remembered to tell my husband when I came home) was the infertility and how this disorder was going to impact our family building. As we came to the end of our fertility treatments I came to realize all the other ways PCOS is ravaging my health. I am not willing to go on birth control; I do not want to take all the chances of a miracle out of the equation. Western medicine does not offer a lot of ways other than BC to manage PCOS, the other medications offered make me very ill. I then began researching how to manage this disorder naturally with supplements, diet and exercise. There was no how to guide that I came across so I have been piecing the Cabrielle Body Management System together as I go.

When it comes to the diet and exercise I am still working on integrating the rules I know I should follow into my life. Women with PCOS should exercise AT LEAST 3-5 times a week for an hour at a time. Cardio is your friend, even when you think it is trying to kill you. The dietary changes you need to manage PCOS are relatively easy to follow; most of your protein should come from meatless sources, avoid white/highly processed carbs, have at least one serving of full fat dairy a day, avoid sugar in all its forms. The most important part to managing PCOS naturally is to take supplements daily. Are you ready for this massive list? To answers your questions ahead of time; yes I take all of these daily and yes it is a pain in the butt. However, it is the best way to manage PCOS that I have found and it truly makes me feel a thousand times better. These supplements increase chances of healthy ovulation, support proper endocrine/metabolic function, regulate hormones/menstrual cycles and prevent disease. If you have questions concerning a specific supplement and how it helps let me know.

Supplements for PCOS:

Prenatal Vitamins- once a day

Fiber- 3 grams twice a day

Selenium- 200mcg once a day

Flax Seed Oil- 1,000mg twice a day

Zinc- 50mg once a day

Cayanne Fruit- 40,000STU twice a day

Cinnamon- 500mg twice a day

Glucosamine- 750mg twice a day

Blue Cohosh- 500mg twice a day

Calcium- 600mg twice a day

Vitamin D3- 400IU twice a day

Solary Fertility Blend SP-1 (from the Vitamin Shoppe)- 2 pills twice a day

Evening Primrose Oil- 500mg twice a day

Vitex- 400mg twice a day

Red Raspberry Leaves- 450mg twice a day

Biotin- 5,000mcg twice a day

Magnesium- 400mg once a day

Super B Complex- 1 pill a day

**** All dietary, activity and supplements should be approved by your physician before you begin changes.