Common PCOS mistakes to avoid.

14 Common mistakes women with PCOS make | How to avoid mistakes for successful PCOS treatment?

These are the most common mistakes I’ve seen women make during treatment of PCOS. Avoid these mistakes if you are serious enough for a successful PCOS treatment.

Are you undergoing PCOS treatment, and still not able to see the desired results? Chances are you are committing the same common mistakes that many women with PCOS do. Many women with PCOS make common mistakes that can sabotage their efforts. Check out this list of the most common mistakes I've encountered with my patients during PCOS treatment. I've also covered small tips to avoid such mistakes to make your PCOS treatment effective.


1. Not Monitoring The Blood Sugar Levels

One of the most common mistakes women with PCOS make is not monitoring their blood sugar levels. High blood sugar levels can exacerbate many of the symptoms of PCOS, so it’s important to keep them under control. If you have PCOS, you are more susceptible to developing diabetes compared to other women. The best way to do this is to eat a healthy diet and to exercise regularly.


2. Not Getting Enough Sleep

Another common mistake women with PCOS make is not getting enough sleep. Sleep is crucial for overall health, and it’s especially important for women with PCOS. Lack of sleep can trigger hormonal imbalances and increase stress levels. Lack of sleep can also worsen symptoms such as fatigue and irritability. Ideally, you should get close to 7-8 hours of sound sleep every night. Most importantly, stay away from mobile screens while on bed.


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3. Eating Unhealthy Diet

A third common mistake women with PCOS make is eating an unhealthy diet. A diet that is high in processed foods, sugary drinks, and unhealthy fats can trigger hormonal imbalances and increase inflammation, both of which can worsen the symptoms of PCOS. Processed foods are high in sugar and unhealthy fats, which can trigger insulin resistance and weight gain. Women with PCOS are at a higher risk for obesity, so it’s important to eat a diet that is high in fiber and low in saturated fat. Women with PCOS should aim to eat a variety of whole foods, including plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. Eating a healthy diet can help you maintain a healthy weight, which can reduce your risk of developing obesity-related health problems.


4. Not Getting Regular Exercise

Another common mistake women with PCOS make is not getting regular exercise. Exercise can help you regulate hormones; improve insulin sensitivity, lower inflammation levels, regulate blood sugar levels, and promote weight loss; all of which can help you improve the symptoms of PCOS in a big way.

Additionally, exercise can help you reduce stress, which can be a trigger for PCOS symptoms.

Women with PCOS should aim to get at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise on most days of the week.


5. Skipping Meals or Going Too Long Without Eating

Skipping meals or going too long without eating is a common mistake that women with PCOS make. When you skip meals, your blood sugar levels can drop dramatically, which can lead to fatigue and cravings for sugary foods. Additionally, skipping meals can cause you to overeat later in the day, which can contribute to weight gain. It is important to eat small, frequent meals spaced evenly throughout the day to keep your blood sugar levels stable.


6. Not Managing Stress Levels

Women with PCOS often have high levels of stress. Stress can worsen many symptoms of PCOS, such as irregular periods, weight gain, and acne. Manage stress plays a crucial factor in reversing PCOS. Some effective stress-management techniques include relaxation, yoga, meditation, and deep breathing exercises.


7. Smoking Cigarettes

Smoking cigarettes is another common mistake women with PCOS make. Smoking can damage the eggs and cause hormonal imbalances, both of which can worsen the symptoms of PCOS. Quit smoking cigarettes ASAP.


8. Drinking Alcohol excessively

Drinking alcohol excessively is another common mistake women with PCOS make. Drinking alcohol excessively can also disrupt hormone levels and cause weight gain, both of which can worsen the symptoms of PCOS. Alcohol can damage the liver and cause hormonal imbalance. If you have PCOS, it’s important to drink alcohol in moderation or avoid it altogether.


9. Taking Medications and Supplements without a Doctor’s Consultation

Certain medications can and supplements interact with each other and cause side effects, one example being birth control pills. It’s always important to speak with a healthcare professional before starting any new medication.


10. Not Taking the Prescribed Medications regularly

Another common mistake women with PCOS make is not taking the medications as prescribed. Your knee jerk reaction is not going to help you manage PCOS. If you have been prescribed medication to treat your PCOS, it’s important to take it as directed. This will also ensure you reduce your risk of developing complications from PCOS.


11. Not Seeing the Doctor Regularly

Not many women commit this mistake. But those who do are often at the receiving end. PCOS treatment needs consistent efforts with regular monitoring. Some of the complications of PCOS, such as diabetes and heart disease, can develop without any symptoms. Seeing your doctor regularly can help you catch these complications early and get treatment before they become serious. Also, it does not harm to ensure that you are on the right track.


12. Not Tracking the Symptoms

Tracking the symptoms is important because it can help you and your doctor identify patterns and triggers for your symptoms. Additionally, tracking your symptoms can help you monitor your response to treatment and see if your symptoms are getting better over time.


13. Not Seeking Professional Help

Not seeking professional help is the worst mistake you can do. An expert guidance from a therapist or consultant can provide a systematic support and guidance. Doing things on your own can mean a lot of trial and error ways. One wrong trial can cost dearly.


14. Taking birth control pills

Birth control pills are often prescribed to women with PCOS in an effort to regulate hormone levels. However, birth control pills can actually make PCOS symptoms worse. If you have PCOS, talk to your doctor about alternative treatment options.


Conclusion: Common mistakes to avoid by women with PCOS

It is important to be aware of the common mistakes women with PCOS make in order to avoid them and have a successful treatment. The tips we’ve provided should help you get started on the right track. If you are struggling with PCOS, it is important to seek professional help so that you can get the support and guidance you need.


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Dr. Sanchita Dharne is an expert homeopathic doctor who can help you get the right PCOS treatment you need. Her approach is holistic and individualized, which means that she will work with you to find the best treatment plan for your specific needs. Contact her today to schedule an online consultation and start getting the relief you deserve. 


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