The Ultimate PCOS Handbook: Lose Weight, Boost Fertility, Clear Skin and Restore Self-Esteem

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About one in every ten women of childbearing age has PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), and PCOS is the most common cause of female infertility. PCOS authorities and sufferers Colette Harris and Theresa Cheung will empower readers to take control of their bodies and beat naturally, the often embarrassing symptoms of this syndrome, including weight gain, acne, excess body hair, mood swings, depression, and exhaustion. Packed full of the latest science, up-to-date nutrition, and the best in self-help and natural ...

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Overview

About one in every ten women of childbearing age has PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), and PCOS is the most common cause of female infertility. PCOS authorities and sufferers Colette Harris and Theresa Cheung will empower readers to take control of their bodies and beat naturally, the often embarrassing symptoms of this syndrome, including weight gain, acne, excess body hair, mood swings, depression, and exhaustion. Packed full of the latest science, up-to-date nutrition, and the best in self-help and natural therapies, their comprehensive book shows how women can start to see their PCOS symptoms improve in as little as 2 weeks.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573243711
  • Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 533,637
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Colette Harris is a health journalist and editor of Health Plus magazine.


Theresa Cheung is a journalist and author of several books including PCOS and Your Fertility (Hay House) and Tea Bliss (Conari).

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Taking Control     vii
The Low-Down on PCOS
What exactly is PCOS?     3
What Causes PCOS?     12
PCOS and Your Life Stages - from Puberty to Menopause     27
What Am I Dealing With?     39
How Can My Doctor Help?     47
Total TLC for Your Body: Action Plan for Your Health Now and in the Future
Your PCOS Nutrition Guide     63
Exercise - Your PCOS-beating Plan     101
Your Health-boosting Lifestyle Detox     118
The Best Nutritional and Herbal Supplements     144
How Natural Therapies Can Help You     165
How to Manage Your Weight     183
Fertility-boosting Secrets that Work     203
Fine-tuning Your Tailor-made Plan     226
Taking Charge of PCOS: Nurturing Your Emotions and Spirit
Preparing to Take Control     253
Stress and PCOS - How to Let Go and Live Better     263
Coping with Depression and Low Moods     283
Making Friends with Your Body     300
Getting the Emotional Support You Want     309
Tackling Deeper Issues - Reclaim Your Femininity, Your Passion and Your Life     321
Be Inspired by Success     348
References     357
Resources     385
Further Reading     393
Index     399
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  • Posted September 5, 2010

    SUCH A HELPFUL BOOK!

    I would like to start off by saying please do not believe the poor review that was left for this book. This book does NOT say that you HAVE to take herbal supplements. The authors of this book simply suggest herbs and essential oils as an alternative to being put on medication. The authors also say over and over again to discuss your choice of treatment with your doctor. If you want to try the herbs listed on this book, the herbs and vitamins that have been PROVEN to cure symptoms of PCOS in MOST women (not all) then you should discuss that with your doctor. It's as simple as that.
    I found this book to be absolutely wonderful. I have suffered from PCOS for the past 12 years. I have been on Metformin, as well as many different birth controls. Recently I have found some relief by trying acupuncture, essential oils, and herbs- all under the careful monitoring of my doctor. I am so thankful that I picked up this book, despite the poor review left on here.
    If you're looking for some solid information on PCOS, as well as some natural treatments then please try this book. The authors also discuss prescription medications and different birth controls. It's a WONDERFUL book.
    Good luck!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2009

    Worthless. Waste of Time and Money.

    After being diagnosed with PCOS a couple months ago, I started doing research online and then thought maybe this book would add another perspective and helpful information. Boy, was I wrong. I actually found more helpful information on sites like webmd.com and the PCOS org website. The first chapter on "What is PCOS" and the list of symptoms was helpful but nothing more than what I had already known. Then the book really went off the deep end. They suggest taking many, many supplements and vitamins that may or may not help with your symptoms as well as trying all kinds of Eastern medicine. The authors also infer that every reader of this book is morbidly obese and has no idea about exercise or healthy eating. I am a "thin cyster" and already exercise regularly and eat right so this was nothing new to me. If you are also trying to conceive with PCOS, this book barely mentioned how to deal with that except to eat right and exercise (literally at one point the authors wrote, "put down the crisps and eat a carrot!").

    It is also helpful to know that the authors are British so most of the lingo is different if you're not used to what it is they're saying. They also constantly mention what their NHS (the UK's nationalized healthcare system) will cover and not cover for PCOS. This is not relevant to most readers.

    I skimmed most of the book because there was nothing in it that I hadn't learned already from either my doctor or the PCOS organization website. Do not bother buying this book as it's not educational and pretty uninspiring.

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2009

    Excellent Read

    If you've just been diagnosed this is the book for you. It explains everything you need to know about PCOS in understandable terms.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    I need this

    I can't wait to be able to buy this book. I struggle with my pcos everyday. I am twenty, in college, married and it seems like I don't have anyone that really understands what's going on with me when I have days that I can barely get up the energy to go buy groceries or take a shower. The best thing to happen to me lately is yoga and Irwin Naturals Steel Libido.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2011

    Must read for those with PCOS

    If you have ever been diagnosed with PCOS, or have yet to be diagnosed and think you might have it this book is a must read. This book offers so much insight into PCOS and simple changes one can make to keep it in check and not let it run your life.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    Has some good info - but also some bias

    There is good info in this book, but I struggled with the author's biases - against traditional medicine. Author really encouraged natural medicine as therapy of choice. Not that I am opposed to that, but it was almost saying that if you preferred traditional medicine you weren't strong enough to deal wiht this disease on your own.

    I also struggled with the diet plans - I am in need of help with the nutritional aspects of this disease. There must have been 5 different diet plans and none of them seemed to be really geared towards PCOS. There was a diet if you have diabetes, thyroid problems, heart problems, etc - but nothing if you are reasonably healthy and need to lose weight while struggling with PCOS.

    A bit disappointing, but good information on what the disease really is and how it impacts the body.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2010

    Good general overview of what PCOS is.

    I was told that PCOS is the reason why it is difficult to lose weight. I picked up this book because it explains what PCOS is, how it affects the whole body, and had tips on what to do to reduce the symptoms. I believe that the guidelines are very helpful for someone who is newly diagnosed with PCOS. From reading this book I was able to research further information on PCOS.

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