Female Celebrities Who Overcame PCOS

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine disorder affecting 5%-10% of women of reproductive age.

 

Thanks to PCOS activists, advocates and famous women speaking out about PCOS, there has been an increase in awareness about the condition. The increase in awareness is not only helping PCOS become a recognised condition, but it also helps reach women who are currently suffering from PCOS know that they are not alone. Furthermore, as you will see below, the increase in celebrity women speaking out about their PCOS and how they managed, is a great way of showing and motivating women currently suffering from PCOS that it does not have to control you anymore.

 

Signs of PCOS

Symptoms of PCOS usually become apparent in your late teens or early twenties. Women with PCOS will not have all of the symptoms, and each symptom can vary from mild to severe. Many women only experience menstrual problems and/or are unable to conceive.

  • Irregular periods or no periods at all
  • difficulty getting pregnant (because of irregular ovulation or failure to ovulate)
  • excessive hair growth (hirsutism) – usually on the face, chest, back or buttocks
  • weight gain and/or trouble losing weight
  • thinning hair and hair loss from the head
  • oily skin or acne
  • Dark patches of skin on the back of your neck and other areas, called acanthosis nigricans (a-can-tho-sis ni-gri-cans)

 

Famous Women Overcome PCOS

 

Jilian Michaels

Jilian has spoken out about how her infertility and the reasons as to why she has not had children. Touching on the matter of why she has not had children, Jilian explained that suffering from endometriosis and PCOS would require medications and medical treatment to aid her with her pregnancy. Jilian explains that going through this process is what she is not ready for.

 

However, Jilian also identifies how she manages her PCOS through good nutrition and exercise.

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham has been open about her PCOS when asked about her fertility. However, her struggle with PCOS and getting pregnant did not stop her. Victoria has successfully had four children and has also managed to control her weight through diet and lifestyle.

Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson is a well known actress who has starred in many movies. Emma has battled infertility and has sadly suffered a miscarriage. She opted for in-vitro fertility (IVF) treatments and gave birth to Gaia in 1999.

Sasha Pieterse

After frequent abusive and upsetting comments about Sasha Pieterse weight gain. Sasha did not know what was causing her to gain weight, until recently when Sasha spoke out about her PCOS. Sasha explains how after finally knowing what was causing her problem is now able to manage it through exercise and diet.

Jools Oliver

Jools has been very open about how PCOS and her problems with fertility. In an interview with The Telegraph, she discusses how she discovered her PCOS and her struggles with getting pregnant. In the interview, she states that she knew that there was something wrong from the age of 16 as a result of her irregular periods. Her Doctor later confirmed that she had PCOS.

 

Jools decided to try Clomid, a drug that stimulates ovulation. She explains that while on Clomid she experienced various side effects from panic attacks, dizziness and blurred vision, however, Jools was determined to continue.

For Jools Clomid proved successful and she and her husband Jamie Oliver and happy parents to 5 children.

Daisy Ridley

The actress known for her role in Star Wars discussed her struggle treating her acne, a symptom of PCOS. Daisy explains how she was diagnosed with endometriosis when she was 15 years old, and it was only after when she discovered that she had PCOS and did she fully understand why her acne was bad.

 

 

You Can Too!

 

PCOS Treatment

 

Nutrition- Choose whole foods, foods that have been minimally processed and are mostly free from additives and preservatives. Limit or avoid dairy, due to the anabolic and growth hormones. Eat complex carbohydrates with a low GI to help manage your blood sugar and insulin levels. In addition, ensure you consume plenty of vegetables and healthy fats for healthy hormones.

 

Avoid low carbohydrate diets, instead opt for complex carbohydrates, which have a low GI to help manage your blood sugar and insulin levels. In addition, ensure you consume plenty of vegetables and healthy fats for healthy hormones.

 

Exercise- Exercise is a yet another crucial component when it comes to managing your PCOS. Research has found the best exercises for PCOS are both resistance training and HIIT training. Studies show having more muscle helps both in the management of insulin resistance but also in the prevention.

 

Stress- Stress causes inflammation in the body and is turn a cause of PCOS and hormone imbalances. Managing your stress is so crucial for reversing PCOS. High cortisol affects any progress you make with regards to balancing your hormones. Chronically high levels of cortisol cause problems with regards to sex hormones and endocrine glands such as thyroid hormones work in the body.

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