The Mightiness of Progesterone

The Mightiness of Progesterone

I can remember a time in my life when I would ask myself, “When was my last period?” Which is pretty common when your body is not ovulating. Naturally going to the doctor to fix this problem is something I did. 


Unfortunately the problems began to continue from there. This is what happens when what you are taking is not the real deal. I had to change what I was getting in those pills and here is why: 




So like I said the problems I had began to develop into something more. I wish I knew then, what I know now. There is a big improvement when I made the switch to natural progesterone from synthetic progestin. 


Let’s compare the differences: 


I wanted nothing more than to sleep during the afternoon. I would curl up on the couch with a comfy blanket, turn on a movie I had watched a million times, and nap. 


Even now that sounds like an amazing idea! Luckily, I do not feel like I need to do that any more.


When you are taking progestin based products, adrenal fatigue is a common issue. Since making the switch, my energy levels began to improve and napping was no longer a necessity to make it through the day.


When I would have a period, they would be crazy heavy and miserable. I would go through so much famine product and have to do laundry often. 


While both are great for this, natural progesterone does it just a bit better.


Oh and of course...my mood would be unreal. I honestly had to go to counseling to adjust my attitude and as well as work on my depression. 


One thing progestin does not do well is help with your mood. In fact, it is linked with progressing mood disorders. 


Progesterone on the other hand has been such a blessing for me in this area. It is a promoter of good mood and also better sleep. Also when you sleep better, you are in a better mood. The two go hand in hand. 


Other benefits that you may gain from natural progesterone is it supports the cardiovascular system, nourishes hair and skin, supports breast tissue, and helps build muscle and bones. 


Natural progesterone for the win!


Now the trick is, how to get your hands on this stuff?


The first place to focus is getting your body back to naturally ovulating. I know this sounds tricky. 


This can be done when you address the underlying issues that are keeping you from ovulating. For many PCOS women this is easier said than done, but it can be done with lifestyle changes, I promise. 


The second piece to help support you while you are working on the above is to get micronized or bioidentical progesterone.


This comes in the form of creams, serums, and capsules.


Ready to switch to natural progesterone? We discuss this and more in the Thriving with PCOS community on Facebook.  Come join us in taking the steps to acquire natural progesterone for yourself. 


See You There, 


Terra 

Disenchanted With The Bandage Approach

Disenchanted With The Bandage Approach

Working in modern day medicine, I have become disenchanted with the way chronic and complicated cases are handled. As a woman working on her healing journey with PCOS, I feel like there is a better way. 

 

There are a lot of things I have seen, but even with my working knowledge, I have even been treated in a similar way. 

 

Have you ever been told to take a medication just because of your diagnosis? 

 

I know I have! I was told to get back onto birth control. 

 

I had regular cycles. I was told that because I had PCOS, it would be a good idea to get back on them. 

 

This was 1 year post pregnancy and we were planning to have more children at that time. I was not educated on why it would be important, and my lab results did not show a need for it.

 

Maybe you have had this one happen to you too...my physician wanted to up a medication strength. 

 

It was based on my weight...again post pregnancy. I had labs taken, but at no point were the labs considered in the decision making process. Had the lab results reflected the need for this, I would have complied. 

 

To me, this sounds like textbook protocols. Last time I checked...which I can attest to as something that happens with orthopedic injuries...we are all made different. There is not one cookie cutter approach that works on all people. 

 

After receiving my lab results, I knew I had to start doing my own homework on my PCOS! 

 

Here are some more thoughts on the Bandage Approach…


 

My PCOS was not just an inherited condition I would have to live with for the rest of my life. I did not have to allow it to progress and become worse over time. 

 

I did not need to be on these masking agents just to keep my symptoms at bay. 

 

It was something that I could work on. I could make improvements by better understanding my body, what supports it, what hinders it, and how to get it to and beyond the wellness line. 

 

Thereby improving my quality of life and becoming less symptomatic or even asymptomatic (being asymptomatic does not mean I am healed...I can go right back into the condition by going back to my old lifestyle). 

 

Health is something that I hold a great value in. Something that we all deserve. It is something that many of us do not realize we can have. 


It is simple to achieve, but it is not necessarily easy. I promise you, the alternate path is well worth taking. Your quality of life is waiting for you!

 

Allow me the opportunity to support you along the way. Here is a way to grab my free guide on how I Thrive with PCOS. 

 

You are in the driver’s seat and should always be allowed to rip the bandage off when your body truly thrives!

 

You are worthy, 


Terra

Diagnosed with PCOS...Now What?

Diagnosed with PCOS...Now What?

Welcome to a Cysterhood of women with what is called PCOS or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. It is a club you may not want to belong to. None of us do, but the community is supportive. So let’s go on this journey together, shall we? 


You most likely got asked a series of questions about your symptoms like:

  • What weight changes have you had?

  • What are your cycles like? 

  • (If you have tried to get pregnant) are you struggling with getting pregnant? 

  • Any skin changes? 

  • Changes to the way your hair grows or where it grows?  

Then comes the lab work. Your physician looks at your hormones and blood sugar levels. 


Last, but not least (nor required), a pelvic CT scan. This will allow the physician to see how cystic your ovaries are or may not be. While having cysts is normal, they are looking at the size of the cysts as well as an abundance or lack of cysts. This test alone is not the best indicator as the cysts will change from cycle to cycle. 


Then comes the plan. There are 3 usual medication go to's: 

  • Birth control: This is to help regulate your cycle if it is irregular. 

  • Metformin: This one helps keep you insulin in check as your ovaries are greatly affected by insulin. 

  • Spironolactone: This medication is intended to help your skin clear up, reduce hair loss, and reduce your male pattern hair growth. 

You may have also gotten a referral to an Endocrinologist since the medicine they practice is more focused on hormones and their relationships with each other. This is a very complex area of medicine and having a specialist can be helpful, but not always necessary as your OB/GYN or Primary Care Physician may also understand this condition well. 


These are the basic first steps that many of us begin our journeys on. 


However, did your doctor suggest any lifestyle changes? They may have asked you if you were interested in meeting with a dietitian or nutritionist. They may have told you to make sure you work out 3 to 5 times a week. All great suggestions. 


Which of these above are you utilizing? We all have varying starts to our journey, so help your fellow Cysters out down below. 


However, I have found there is more to PCOS than just bandaging the symptoms. There are more lifestyle changes than just losing weight. 


In fact, there is more than just restricting calories and burning them off to the proper weight for PCOS women.


PCOS is complex. The steps to get you down the path of recovery are more than what you will ever find in a pill. 


If you are ready to move beyond the basic steps to PCOS care, then you are ready for my guide. Let’s lock arms and get you down a path of real healing and recovery. PCOS does not have to define you. 


Let Real Healing Begin, 

Terra