However, it wasn’t until the age of 23 – following significant weight gain after college and a month straight of bleeding after an entire year of missed periods – that a compassionate doctor with knowledge of women’s health issues listened to me describe my symptoms, looked at my body type, and said, “I think I know exactly what is going on with you. ” Sure enough, a simple blood test to measure my FSH and LH levels confirmed the diagnosis.Filled with relief that I could put a name to this disorder, and armed with her recommendations to start taking oral contraceptives and follow a regimen of low-carb eating and lots of exercise, I started on the path of healing my body. Conventional PCOS wisdom at that time was to work out long and hard for best results.(source) Women with PCOS often have fluid-filled sacs (cysts) in their ovaries, insulin resistance, and elevated androgen levels (male hormones).Common symptoms of PCOS include: Many women with PCOS will not have all of these symptoms, and some are asymptomatic, or are only diagnosed after frequent miscarriages or the inability to conceive.In fact, yoga is one of the most beneficial forms of exercise for the bodies, minds, and spirits of women with PCOS!I say this as someone who – close to 20 years after being diagnosed with PCOS and over a decade after trying yoga for the first time – has learned that her own magnificently plus-sized, apple-shaped PCOS body has gifted her with a strong yoga practice and equipped her to become a yoga teacher-in-training!Earlier this year 30-year-old Whitney Thore got the world’s attention with a video of herself cutting a rug.Lots of people post dancing videos, but hers stood out because she’s 380 lbs and still dancing like nobody’s business.
I struggled against depression, which I attributed to life circumstances, having no idea at the time that it could be a symptom of PCOS.PCOS makes it more difficult for the body to use the hormone insulin, which normally helps convert sugars and starches from foods into energy.This condition -- called insulin resistance -- can cause insulin and sugar -- glucose -- to build up in the bloodstream.Since her initial boost of fame, she’s launched the No Body Shame Campaign, and landed a TLC reality show called that’s set to air January 13. terms for everything these days, but fat people are fair game,” Whitney says. ” “Looking back to when I was thin, I can’t believe how much I took it for granted,” she says.In a preview clip for the show Whitney explains that she used to be a slim 112 pounds, but quickly gained over 200 in college after developing polycystic ovarian syndrome. “I hate people thinking that I’m lazy.” She’s happy now to embrace dancing despite her weight, and even teaches a dance class for bigger women.Being overweight can make PCOS worse, but frequent dieting actually slows your metabolism and deprives your body of essential nutrients, contributing to further deterioration of your health.