Fertility specialist Dr. Perloe and I got together on Facebook Live to answer your burning PCOS questions. We had a great time talking about one of our favorite subjects: improving fertility through exercise and nutrition.
Key take aways from this chat…
- Spend more time with your food. The fast food lifestyle is not PCOS friendly. Try making your dining experience healthier and more fun by trying new recipes, shopping at farmers’ markets and eating without distraction. When women spend more time on eating, they have less trouble managing their weight!
- Make sure you have your metformin dose right. Dr. Perloe says many women get prescribed a dose of metformin that is not optimal for PCOS. If you are on sustained release metformin, you might want to talk to your doctor about making a switch.
- Don’t forget Inositol. Dr. Perloe frequently uses the inositol supplement Ovasitol to treat his PCOS patients. I have also seen great results from supplementing with inositol. In particular, I’ve noticed that my coaching clients and I have fewer sugar cravings!
- Working out is a skill that takes time to learn. It is ok to go to the gym for the first time and feel completely confused 🙂 Learning to work out is a process and you need to cut yourself some slack! Don’t give up if your first month of working out is not exactly perfect. You’ll get there with practice.
- Long cardio sessions may not work so well for PCOS. It’s tempting just to stick to the cardio machine section of the gym. But if you have PCOS, your best bet is to do a mix of strength training and shorter cardio sessions. If you’re looking for a workout program designed specifically for PCOS, check out the PCOS Fit Studio!
- Look at your lifestyle as a whole. There is no single magic bullet to “fix” PCOS. Instead, women should try to shape a lifestyle that supports a variety of healthy habits. Managing PCOS looks a little bit different for every woman, so take a look at your life as it is right now and make one small change at a time!
Dr. Perloe treats PCOS and PCOS infertility patients at his office in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit The Georgia Reproductive Specialist website to learn more about Dr. Perloe and his wonderful team of medical professionals. You can also follow GRS on Facebook.