Back in March, I posted about my decision to actively try Ovasitol. As with all things, I always try to give things "the old college try". All I can say is that I'm doing really well!
I was told that cravings would decrease. Could it be that this could happen - to me of all people? With MY sweet-tooth? YES!!! What?! That's right! I've had a dramatic change in my dear, sweet friend "Sweet Tooth." I try not to ignore my age-old relationship with Sweet Tooth, but when I indulge, I find that the rest of me begins to resent this continued conversation. Sorry Sweet Tooth, but it seems that I am breaking my dependance on you. As much as we have loved each other over the years, the rest of my body needs attention, too, and can no longer withstand being neglected. Sweet Tooth and I will still get together, but not to the extent that we have over the years.
Another change I have noticed is a decrease in appetite. Could it be that a second helping isn't really needed anymore? That's right! My appetite seems to be normalizing. With that, I'm slowly retraining myself to eat more proportionately. When I do decide to go for another helping of that delicious what-have-you, I end up feeling over-full and uncomfortable. HOORAY!!
The next positive change I've noticed by adding Ovasitol to my daily supplements is sleep. I've always been a night owl, but that is changing. I'm finding myself getting sleepy around 10:00pm now. The fact that I ignore the obvious, I force myself to stay awake - I can't miss the ending of that show! Because of it, I do resent the alarm clock going off in the morning - COFFEE!!
I'll be planning my lab work in a few weeks to check my A1C and cholesterol, among the many tests.
In the meantime, and as of today, I've added another new supplement - N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine. Could it be that I, who despises taking pills, decided to add a new one to take every day? It is true! YES!!! With PCOS comes inflammation, and NAC, I'm told, helps decrease that inflammation. Having PCOS also leads to a fatty liver - for the record, I don't want a fatty liver! So, after plenty of research and patience, I decided to take this plunge. NAC, which is an amino acid, works with the Ovasitol, so I know I'm doing a good thing for my body. I'll keep you updated on how I'm feeling with this new supplement.
My initial question on this post has been "Could it be?"
The answer - YES! It is possible.
* Many thanks to Angela Grassi at the PCOS Nutrition Center for taking the time to talk with me and to answer my many questions. www.pcosnutrition.com
2017 will mark 11 years since my diagnosis of PCOS.
Early on, I had to learn how not to allow PCOS to define who I was. Instead, I learned the importance of celebrating life and exploring new horizons.
One such new horizon is exploring Ovasitol. I've done a lot of reading and research to see if adding Ovasitol would be a good fit for me given my age and current reproductive category. After talking with a nutitionist, I decided to give it a try.
I was informed to begin the Ovasitol by taking it only once a day, with a meal. I did that for two days and found myself suffering with what appeared to be low blood sugar. I discontinued use. I later came to realize that the symptoms I experienced were most likely due to being on the cusp of getting sick. That was at the end of January.
It is now the end of March, and last week I decided to give the Ovasitol another try. After calling the company, one of the nutritionists I spoke with suggested I take it with my noon-time meal for a week before increasing to twice a day.
A week ago Sunday, I began the daily administration of Ovasitol at lunch. No problems!
This past Sunday, I began the twice daily administration, and no problems!
My mood has started to level out, my sleep patterns beginning to improve, and I'm not as hungry.
I'm looking forward to how my labwork turns out after 6-8 weeks.
I'll keep you posted!
We are in the digital age, and since you're reading this, you are using a device that instantly connects you to the world. The world is full of all sorts of information for us to learn about; however, it is also filled with a lot of misinformation, too. But isn't everything on the internet true? Eh hem!! No. Not everything!
For example, let's talk "The Pill". This will include all contraceptives - Oral, Injectable, and Pessary. I can't tell you how many times I've been asked about "The Pill". The biggest and most frequent question sounds something like this, "If it's so bad for me, why does my doctor prescribe it for me?" Frankly, that's my question, too. Why would any physician prescibe a woman an agent that is classified as a Class 1 carcinogenic?
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an intergovernmental agency forming part of the World Health Organization of the United Nations, openly classifies contraceptives as Class 1 Carcinogens. That's right up there with Asbestos and Arsenic! Would you drink a cocktail mixed with Arsenic? Would you walk into a room laced with Asbestos and breathe deeply? If you answered "yes", then you may be in need of an intervention. If you answered "no", BRAVO! No one wants to get sick or be around agents that cause cancer.
If you are currently taking a contraceptive, you will want to take a serious look at why you are being prescribed a drug that causes cancer and begin looking at other alternatives. Yes. There are alternatives.
Given the medical science currently available, there's NO reason why ANYONE should be prescribed a drug that will eventually lead to cancer. Seemingly effective marketing by the pharmaceuticals has helped spread the lies about contraceptives to the consumers. Doctors "cave" under the societal pressures to prescribe what their patients demand. Eventually, the prescribing of contraceptives becomes the easy "go to" for anything and everything under the sun. Fertility, in effect, becomes a disease in the mind's eye rather than a part of the body that must be cared for as seriously as if it were the heart.
Heavy periods? PMS? Painful periods? Acne? Severe mood swings? These are legitimate symptoms to underlying problems that can and SHOULD be corrected without the arbitrary prescribing of contraceptives. Contraceptives only cover up the symptoms; they don't treat and correct the problem.
Let me ask this: If you have a toothache, what do you do? I hope you go to the dentist to find out what the problem is. If there's a cavity, it needs to be filled in order to stop the pain. You don't just take a couple of pain relievers. They just mask the pain, but they don't fix the source of the toothache. The pain returns. It's a vicious cycle until you have the cavity filled.
So, what's a woman to do? Don't settle! Being prescribed a contraceptive is dangerous and will not fix the underlying problem. If your doctor won't help you with seeking out healthier alternatives, find a new one who will. You are much more important than becoming another statistic.
Seek out a FertilityCare Practitioner (like me) and begin the process of getting healthy. You deserve to treat yourself well, and you and your fertility health are so important that you can demand that doctors treat you with the respect you deserve.
This was only supposed to be a preliminary post. I'll stop here for now and expand more on "The Pill" in a later post.
Thanks for reading!