Lifestyle & PCOS

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When we’re thinking about lifestyle and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), there are a number of small changes we can make depending on the symptom we are seeking to address.

Irregular Periods

The contraceptive pill may be recommended to help give you regular periods.

Other hormonal methods of contraception, such as an intrauterine system (IUS) may also be recommended to regulate periods. 

Weight Gain & PCOS

One of the key risk factors for those with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes and obesity due to high levels of insulin.

Both nutrition and regular exercise are key when thinking about weight management.

For overweight women, losing weight can have a positive effect on symptoms. Studies have shown that reducing body weight by only 2-5% can help restore periods and increase insulin sensitivity.

Exercise can also have a great effect on our mental health. Considering those with PCOS have a higher risk of experiencing mental health conditions, activities such as yoga and meditation can lead to a noticeable difference.


Myo-inositol - Inositol is required by cells to regulate functions mediated by hormones. It can help improve ovulation frequency and therefore could help those experiencing irregular periods and PCOS.

It is also an important component in the development and maturation of eggs. Together, inositol and folate have also been shown to lower testosterone.

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