Podcast Episode 24: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), Diagnosis, Types and Dietary Management with Dietitian Stephanie Pirotta
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common hormonal disorder in women of reproductive age.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects 12-18% of women of reproductive age and up to 21% in some high-risk groups, such as Indigenous women. PCOS can cause irregular periods, trouble falling pregnant, acne, excess hair growth, an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and difficulty managing weight.
Hypothalamic Amenorrhea is a condition that shares some similarities with PCOS including absent or irregular periods and polycystic ovaries.
Having a special interest in this area and working with many women to recover their periods I have learned the importance of distinguishing between the two as many people with HA are misdiagnosed with PCOS. The big difference between the two is the HA is treatable whereas PCOS is about managing symptoms. The treatment for HA is about correcting the energy deficit and in many cases weight gain and reducing exercise volume and intensity to allow the body to feel it is safe and to heal. In HA, essentially the body has been forced into energy conservation mode, most often from restrictive eating.
Unfortunately many people who have PCOS are told to lose weight despite a lack of evidence that weight loss diets work in the long term. There are also cases where someone may have both HA and PCOS.
In this episode I talk to fellow dietitian Stephanie Pirotta who is completing her PhD in PCOS and has great knowledge and experience in this area to help us provide more clarity on PCOS diagnosis and management.
Stephanie is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist with a passion in women’s health, particularly nutrition for Pre conception, pregnancy, PCOS and endometriosis. Stephanie is about to complete her PhD in PCOS at Monash University which focuses on developing an evidence-based, co-designed community lifestyle program for women with PCOS. To translate her research into practice she also works as a private practice dietitian at ALL FOR ONE in Yarraville Melbourne.
You can follow Steph on Instagram @stephanie_pirotta_apd .
More information on my services:
I help women with HA recover their periods, overcome food fear, inappropriate exercise behaviours, body dysmorphia and poor body image and help them to eat intuitively. I also help women who have had HA become pregnant.
My 1:1 coaching program is my most personalised service I offer for women who prefer 1:1 support.
My Hypothalamic Amenorrhea Recovery Small Group Coaching Program contains my proven framework that has successfully supported many of my clients regain thier periods, make peace with food and discover food freedom. This was created as is an affordable alternative to my 1:1 coaching that still offers 1:1 attention, support and the accountability you need to break through fears and adopting healthy behavior changes.
Together with a maximum of 5 other women just like you, you’ll take courageous and supported action together to:
- Get clear on what you need to do in order to get your period back
- Break through your health-limiting food rules and beliefs that are holding you back!
- Feel understood, fully supported and be held accountable to take courageous action!
- Understand the menstrual cycle, your hormones and be able to track signs of recovery!
- Have the knowledge, skills and resources to recover your period and fall pregnant naturally!
- Free yourself from guilt and anxiety around eating and establish more intuitive patterns and behaviours
- Uncover the power of love and gratitude for your body and reconnect with your intuitive hunger and fullness cues
- Overcome obsessive exercise behaviours and / or emotional and binge eating
- Allow your body to thrive, now out of its stressed and energy saving mode!
- Feel proud of all your have achieved and overcome, now feeling free!
- Individual attention during each call, in addition to the group coaching and education
- Access to a private Facebook group for the duration of the course, to connect with others on the same journey
- Suggested optional reading, workbook activities and personal challenges to complete between calls
Next Small Group Course Dates: 20th April 2020. Limited spots available.
Apply now through my website or book a free discovery call to give me the opportunity to learn more about you, your biggest struggles and discuss ways I can support you.
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