One in every five women in the UK suffers from PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). But did you know that there is more then one type of PCOS?

Sometimes PCOS doesn’t look like weight gain, acne, and more body hair! Sometimes it looks like months or even years of skipped periods, low mood and no energy. The lack of ovulation causes symptoms, but it doesn’t feel or look like classic PCOS. It’s important to be aware of all of the types of PCOS because knowledge is power! And once you have the right information you can start taking steps toward recovery.

There is three core types of PCOS;

Insulin-resistant PCOS – this is the most common type of PCOS. High insulin levels caused by diet cause ovulation to stop and lead to irregular cycles, and symptoms such as hirsutism, acne, obesity and mood swings. Women with this kind of PCOS are usually considered borderline diabetic.

Synthetic Hormone-Induced PCOS – this type of PCOS is common in women who have been taking hormonal contraception from a young age or that have been taking it for a significantly long period of time. The synthetic hormones shut down communication between the pituitary gland and the ovaries in order to prevent pregnancy and often times this can be challenging to restart. The body may also struggled to make sufficient hormones.

Inflammation-based PCOS – this type of PCOS stems from an inflammation response to foods like gluten, sugar, dairy, soy or overexposure to endocrine disruptors like BPA and other disrupting chemicals. This type of PCOS won’t look or feel like the common insulin resistant PCOS. Women with this type of PCOS aren’t typically overweight, and may even be underweight.

Inflammation plays a huge part in PCOS and is always present with which ever type. Though the root cause and the way it shows up is different depending on the type of PCOS.

It is also possible to have a combination of these types of PCOS. If you suspect that you may be suffering from PCOS it is important to seek medical advice by contacting your GP. Medical professionals such as qualified nutritionists, endocrinologists and doctors that specialise in hormonal health can help you get the correct treatment for PCOS. Even though there is no ‘cure’ for PCOS it is important to know that with diet and lifestyle changes and support from a medical provider, PCOS can be put into remission.

Your body has the power to heal!