IT ALL STARTED WITH A PACK OF BIRTH CONTROL PILLS...
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I remember like it was yesterday...the moment I decided to make a major change in the course of my life and pursue Chinese medicine studies. In the dark ages of the mid-to-late 1990's, before Google and Wikipedia, I was in undergraduate school and had no clue what was wrong with me.
My cycles would come as go as they pleased, wreaking havoc on my hormones and sometimes disappearing for several months. No longer able to cope with what felt like weeks of never-ending PMS complete with bloating, mood swings and intolerable anxiety I decided to seek help. Four different gynecologists had all told me the same thing...that birth control was my only answer.
Well, if only it had been so simple. As luck would have it, my body responds to birth control a bit like someone recovering from a hangover...complete with nausea, headaches, chills and (oh yes) vomiting.
Which brings me to the moment that changed my life. I was struck by a flying pack of birth control pills literally hurled at my head by my gynecologist and was told not to come back unless I'd taken the whole pack. I wasn't crazy...I was angry, and I knew there had to be a better approach.
That fateful gyno visit was nearly 20 years ago, but I still remember it so clearly because that day I made a promise to myself. I left that office in tears but I vowed to find an answer and to help other women when I did. At the age of 19, I left my premed studies and started acupuncture school. I discovered that what I was experiencing (undiagnosed PCOS) could be helped naturally and within six months I was having normal cycles for the first time in my life.
I have now been practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine for nearly half of my life and have devoted my practice to enhancing reproductive health naturally. My patients have been my greatest teachers and have inspired me to reach out to other women who might not have the support they need to do the previously unthinkable...take back control of their bodies without disguising their conditions with medications. Whether struggling with unexplained infertility, endometriosis, PCOS, or the devastating losses of repeated miscarriages, their desire to get to the root of the problem cannot be understated.
Here are the facts:
- Hormonal imbalances from PCOS can lead to infertility, weight gain, acne, depression, and irregular cycles if left untreated
- Between five to 10 percent of women of childbearing age in the United States, or roughly 5 million, have PCOS and the number is climbing worldwide.
- Undiagnosed PCOS is extremely common, with over 50% of cases going unnoticed due to lack of education among providers and healthcare system in general
- The symptoms of PCOS can be reversed naturally, and the sooner they are addressed the better!!
Why I Developed The PCOS Revolution Podcast
After nearly 20 years of working with PCOS in my own practice and kicking it to the curb personally, I felt compelled to offer more support for other women going through it. Just taking a supplement here and there or committing to an unsustainable diet is not the same as having a support system and tried-and-true plan in place. PCOS doesn't have to be complicated, and you are not alone!
Catch me weekly on The PCOS Revolution and let's kick PCOS to the curb together!!