Thousands of members of myPCOSteam connect with one another and read each other's stories to gain perspective and validation about living with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Another way to discover how to live better with PCOS is through books written by people who have this condition. We combed through member book recommendations and collected a list of the most popular.
1. Infreakinfertility: How to Survive When Getting Pregnant Gets Hard by Melanie Dale
One major side effect of PCOS is infertility. This no-nonsense book by a woman who went through one of the most frustrating and disheartening ordeals a woman can go through—infertility—gives emotional support and information for those going through the same experience.
2. Period Repair Manual: Natural Treatment for Better Hormones and Better Periods by Lara Briden ND
How can we use nutrition, supplements, and lifestyle changes to take control of our hormonal health? Whether you have PCOS or just a period, this book is essential.
3. The PCOS Mood Cure: Your Guide to Ending the Emotional Roller Coaster by Gretchen Kubacky
It is common knowledge for PCOS sufferers that the condition can wreak havoc on not only your body but your emotions. As a result of hormones, pain, and frustration with medicine, life with PCOS is a series of ups and downs. This book will help you reach balance in every aspect of your life.
4. Beyond the Pill: A 30-Day Program to Balance Your Hormones, Reclaim Your Body, and Reverse the Dangerous Side Effects of the Birth Control Pill by Jolene Brighten
60% of people who are on birth control take it for non-contraceptive reasons, such as endometriosis, PCOS, and painful periods. Because of a lack of research and concern of women's reproductive health, birth control has been chosen as a medical "quick-fix" for female pain. What are the side effects on your body, and what are the other solutions?
Check out some book recommendations and favorites from Members of myPCOSteam:
"I bought a cookbook that targets an insulin resistance diet which goes hand in hand with PCOS and I was excited to start these changes and get my life on track."
"I'm glad I did my own research into PCOS and things you can do to help get pregnant. The main thing I found that helped was losing weight."
"I was reading online that low GI diets are best for women with PCOS. Does anyone have suggestions on diet, exercise, or things to help my mental state?"
What book about PCOS do wish you knew about when you were first diagnosed? Share in the comments below!