How I Naturally Cured My Battle With PCOS



As I clutched the positive pregnancy test, I had a flashback of memories. My mind went straight back to 2014 when I was diagnosed with PCOS. That’s short for Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome. Without getting overly technical, it is a syndrome where the ovaries develop follicles (fluid) and fail to regularly release eggs which in turn, throws your hormones completely out of whack. When I say out of whack, I mean cystic acne, crazy mood swings, facial hair, irregular periods, and infertility . . . just to name a few.

When I was diagnosed, I was mortified.

My first thought? Find a fix. I knew there had to be a quick fix, and I headed to my doctor to start birth control, hoping this would regulate some of the crazy hormonal irregularities. I was on birth control for two years. No problems arose, until year two. I had started to feel extremely dizzy at times, and I knew it was from the birth control. When I was on a vacation with my friends, I felt really light-headed and collapsed. That’s when I decided to go off of birth control.

Natural Solutions

Then I started researching. I wasn’t much of a “natural” person at the time, but I knew there had to be some sort of natural cure. That’s when I found my local naturopathic doctor. I made my first appointment with her and after a very long discussion and learning about my history (she asked in-depth questions even all the way back to my childhood), she made a plan. This was the first time in my life that I felt heard. Someone understood. Someone wanted to meet me where I was at and really, truly help tackle this lifelong issue once and for all.

We started with a whole bunch of specific things to get my digestion on track. Next came the food sensitivity test. I took the test and found out that I had a whole LOT of sensitivities (not allergies). This can be a big indication that your insides have been “damaged” and need to be repaired; also known as leaky gut. So, I decided to cut out all of the foods that my body was sensitive to. Dairy, eggs, yeast, gluten, pineapple, and the extensive list goes on. I spent two years on this diet. It was hard at first, especially when trying to eat out. However, after a while, it truly became my new normal.

Man, did I see results!

My digestion was on track! I didn’t have bloating or breakouts, and for the first time in my life, I had a regular, consistent cycle, completely unmedicated. Shortly thereafter, we decided to try to have children. I was scared. I committed to staying on this diet, refraining from all the foods that my body reacted with, and we decided to start trying. One month later, I was pregnant, and there I was clutching on to that positive pregnancy test.

The feeling of gratefulness instantly rushed over me. I was thankful for the local naturopathic doctor that truly cared about me, heard me, and actually understood me. Additionally, I was thankful for all of the hard years (even prior to 2014) that I was trying to desperately find answers. I was thankful for this diet, for the blood, sweat, and tears that went into figuring out why my insides were damaged, and what I could actually do to help that. It all led me to here, and the thought of holding a sweet newborn in my arms, 9 months from that specific moment, was a memory I will never quite forget.

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Jenna Sims
Jenna Sims is a stay at home momma who currently resides in Maumee, Ohio with her husband Grant and daughter Sadie. Together, they enjoy exploring Toledo’s metro parks, scoping out some killer food at local restaurants, and finding fun events to attend within their community. When they aren’t exploring their community, Jenna and Grant are slaving away on their new fixer-upper. Check out their journey on Instagram @thisoldbrickhouse. Aside from renovations, Jenna is passionate about fitness, being outdoors, and anything vintage or antique related; especially shopping at local estate sales and the Maumee Antique Mall.


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