Let’s make a quick assessment of the cost of PCOS.
How much money have you spent on weight loss programs, supplements? On expensive gluten-free bread? Perhaps you consulted a nutritionist who set you on a strict diet of carrot and cabbage for a month or who hid pastries in their handbag (true stories from my clients).
How much have you spent on acne skin care, make-up and sun protection? Perhaps you underwent skin procedures with a dermatologist, like peeling, laser, or purchased expensive retinol creams. Or Accutane treatment.
How much have you spent on hair loss topical treatments and supplements, only just to witness temporary, partial improvement?
How much money and time have you spent dealing with hirsutism? Perhaps you invested in laser hair removal?
Another sore point: fertility. An IVF costs anywhere between 5’000 to 15’000USD, depending on which country you live and whether it is covered by health insurance.
Are you considering motherhood? If so, do you feel like you’re wasting precious years of peak fertility? Are you lying in bed at night wondering whether you’ll be able to conceive and start that family you dream of, without doctors’ appointments, without having to get pumped of hormones, without having to visit clinics? Is a natural pregnancy your secret, ardent wish but at the same time you feel your biological clock ticking?
Finally, long-term health.
Perhaps you are familiar with the statistics. More than half of women with PCOS will develop diabetes or pre-diabetes before the age of 40. The risk of heart attack is 4-7 times higher, as well as the risk of high blood pressure and to develop sleep apnoea.
As if infertility, weight gain, adult acne, hair loss, hirsutism, mood swings, chronic fatigue weren’t bad enough already.
Don’t let this bring you down. Before embarking on a journey, it is important to understand where you stand, where you go and what will happens if you don’t move.
So how much time, money and effort are you ready to invest in solving this?