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PCOS Journey By Tamara Quaddoumi

Many women have PCOS but don’t know it. For PCOS awareness month, Health Expert Tamara Quaddoumi decided to share her experience and journey with PCOS for all women going through the same struggles.

What is PCOS?

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition that affects how a woman's ovaries work. It is a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age. Women with PCOS may have infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods or excess male hormone (androgen) levels. The ovaries may develop numerous small collections of fluid (follicles) and fail to regularly release eggs.

The exact cause of PCOS is unknown. Early diagnosis and treatment along with weight loss may reduce the risk of long-term complications such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

What causes PCOS?

Doctors don’t know exactly what causes PCOS. They believe that high levels of male hormones prevent the ovaries from producing hormones and making eggs normally.

Symptoms of PCOS

Signs and symptoms of PCOS often develop around the time of the first menstrual period during puberty. Sometimes PCOS develops later, for example, in response to substantial weight gain.

Signs and symptoms of PCOS vary. A diagnosis of PCOS is made when you experience at least two of these signs:

  • Irregular periods. Infrequent, irregular, or prolonged menstrual cycles are the most common sign of PCOS. For example, you might have fewer than nine periods a year, more than 35 days between periods, and abnormally heavy periods.
  • Excess androgen. Elevated levels of male hormones may result in physical signs, such as excess facial and body hair (hirsutism), and occasionally severe acne and male-pattern baldness.
  • Polycystic ovaries. Your ovaries might be enlarged and contain follicles that surround the eggs. As a result, the ovaries might fail to function regularly.


Tamara’s Story

Tamara struggled with several misdiagnoses from doctors who thought she was going through early menopause at the age of 26. At the time, she was studying to be a holistic health coach; and through the help of functional doctors, psychologists and nutritionists, she found the solution to her problems. The medicine of food. Through the power and knowledge of food, the right supplementation, reversing your insulin, and slowly making changes to her lifestyle, Tamara was able to reverse all of her PCOS symptoms and even overcome mercury poisoning. 

Alternative healing options and guidance are available to anyone who is suffering from unseen and unheard trauma in their body by making long-term lifestyle changes and working with the right practitioners. You will heal physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

PCOS is a complicated syndrome. While there is no cure, a number of conventional and alternative treatments can manage the symptoms and any complications. People with PCOS should stay in communication with their doctors, in order to ensure that all of their concerns are addressed.

Have you ever won the fight against PCOS? We’d love to know your story.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us.

September 27, 2021 — Mint Basil Team

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