PCOS can be a terrible condition. It can make you infertile, overweight, spotty, fatigued and hairy-er. For many women suffering with it they feel depressed and un-feminine. Here's an excerpt from my free guide to PCOS.
What's all the fuss about Turmeric milk?
Turmeric is a root related to ginger which comes from Southeast Asia. While it has been used for millenia in Asia it was only used as a dye in Europe until the 20th century when suddenly its medicinal uses exploded. Now it is best known as an anti-inflammatory for the gut and joints.
A big part of my PMS course is learning how to keep track of your hormone cycle so you always know where you're at. When I learnt how to do this (using the fertility awareness method) years ago I used good old fashioned pen and paper. There are specially designed charts which you can print off for free from the internet. It's designed so that as you collect your signs and symptoms you can see quite clearly when you ovulated retrospectively and most women get signs of their period before its due so it's easy to predict.
I used to feel like I was vulnerable to becoming pregnant. As if my fertility was a weakness which would be exploited by sperm. I felt like it could happen at anytime, and my life would be forever changed. I needed to shut that part of me down. I needed to know it was all 'under control'.
When I was a teenager I took "the pill" for contraception. But I found myself in a never-ending loop of Cystitis leading to antibiotics, leading to Thrush, leading to anti-candida drugs. This pattern would rinse and repeat itself every few months. It was awful. When I started working at Neal's Yard Remedies I told one of my colleagues and they suggested it was the pill upsetting my hormone levels. I was intrigued to say the least. The thought of ending the burning pain, the itching, scratching, horrible symptoms, was so tempting. I just had to find out.