Do You Know The Signs, Symptoms And Solutions For Women With Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?

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Do You Know The Signs, Symptoms And Solutions For Women With Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?

How much do you know about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)? This condition is estimated to affect between 1 in every 10 to 20 women in the United States and is often mis/under-diagnosed. While a diagnosis of PCOS can be challenging, the wonderful news is that at Pulling Down the Moon we have excellent success at treating women with this condition with yoga, acupuncture/TCM, nutrition and therapeutic massage. Take our quiz to test your knowledge of PCOS and learn more about holistic strategies to heal and minimize symptoms of PCOS. This quiz is meant for educational and informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice. Use this quiz as a jumping off point for discussing any potential symptoms with your physician and explorin


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which of the following can be a symptom of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS):
    • A. 

      Irregular or no periods

    • B. 

      Acne and excess break-outs

    • C. 

      Difficulty losing weight

    • D. 

      Very thin, athletic build

    • E. 

      Hair growth in a male pattern (chin, chest, abdomen)

    • F. 

      All of the above

  • 2. 
    Which of the following nutritional supplements are recommended for women with PCOS?
    • A. 

      Omega-3 fatty acids (EPA/DHA)

    • B. 

      Vitamin D

    • C. 

      Myo-inositol

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 3. 
    Studies have shown that women with PCOS who are trying to conceive should:
    • A. 

      Avoid whole grains

    • B. 

      Eat a lot of red meat

    • C. 

      Cut back on fats from avocado, nuts and seeds

    • D. 

      Eat full-fat dairy

    • E. 

      Avoid fruit

  • 4. 
    Women with PCOS have higher levels of circulating stress hormones:
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    Research has shown that acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine has been shown to:  
    • A. 

      Help restore ovulation in women with PCOS

    • B. 

      Increase pregnancy success in women with PCOS when used in conjunction with the fertility drug clomid when compared to cycles using clomid alone.

    • C. 

      Has been shown to lower circulating stress hormones in women with PCOS

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 6. 
    Women with PCOS tend to gain weight in a pear-shape, with curvy hips and buttocks and a narrow waist.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    What is the first strategy that doctors recommend for women with PCOS who are trying to conceive?
    • A. 

      An ovulation-inducing drug like clomid or letrozole/Femara

    • B. 

      Lifestyle program that includes dietary change, exercise and weight-loss (where necessary)

    • C. 

      In-vitro Fertilization

    • D. 

      Birth control pills

    • E. 

      Metformin

  • 8. 
    Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) identifies four kinds of PCOS patterns and treats each differently.  Which of the following is not a PCOS pattern in TCM:  
    • A. 

      Damp

    • B. 

      Classic

    • C. 

      Overheated

    • D. 

      Stuck

    • E. 

      Sassy

  • 9. 
    Hatha yoga has been shown specifically to do which of the following in women with PCOS:
    • A. 

      Lower anxiety levels more than a program of conventional physical exercise

    • B. 

      Lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels better than a program of conventional physical exercise

    • C. 

      Lower testosterone more effectively than conventional physical exercise

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 10. 
    Big weight loss is essential for overweight women with PCOS if they want to achieve pregnancy.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False