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It can be ridiculously confusing living with PCOS, you're constantly reading conflicting advice. Each week, I, Clare Goodwin, will be helping to simplify this for you by sharing with you some actionable steps to take and breaking down the latest research so you can actually understand it. I'll also share some real life stories of women who've improved their PCOS symptoms to give you that weekly boost to just keep putting one foot in front of another. If you have PCOS and you want some real t ...
 
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A question I get a lot is “can you actually have insulin resistance if your test results have come back normal?”. A lot of you have suspected insulin may be driving your PCOS and requested blood work from your doctor, only to find that everything is normal - and they won’t order anything else. So you’re stumped as to what your next step should be a…
 
What should a normal period actually look like? Irregular periods and long cycles are pretty typical in PCOS - in fact, it’s one of the three criteria your doctor or OBGYN will consider when deciding whether you fit the diagnosis. While some women with PCOS have perfectly regular periods, that’s unfortunately not the reality for many women dealing …
 
You’ll remember last week on the podcast I spoke about all things SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) related. You may have been thinking, “I wonder if I have SIBO as well as PCOS?”. Like PCOS, SIBO is one of those conditions that’s hard to get most doctors to take seriously. But it’s a very real condition - and you don’t have to put up wi…
 
Got gut issues as well as PCOS? PCOS and IBS are similar in that IBS is not a single disease with a single cause. Rather, it’s a syndrome — a collection of signs and symptoms — that has multiple possible causes. Maybe you've been tested for coeliac - negative. You've done low FODMAP - it didn't work. You've tried cutting various things out - no rea…
 
The pandemic meant a lot of us were not able to do the things we'd planned. For many women who have PCOS, it meant that their fertility treatment was put on hold. Something they've been waiting for and working towards, shut down and stopped until further notice - virtually overnight. Now for many women, the TTC journey with PCOS is a long, exhausti…
 
Been told you have to go low fat by your doctor for your cholesterol but high fat by your nutritionist / dietitian for your insulin resistant PCOS? Trying to make sense of all of the information out there on cholesterol? Hoping that you can still eat eggs?! You may remember a few episodes ago, I spoke to Dr Simon Thornley all about cholesterol. Whe…
 
If you’re anything like me, you were diagnosed with PCOS in your teens or twenties - struggling with irregular periods among other symptoms. But what happens to our periods when we’re 35 and older? How do we know what’s actually normal and then how can we tell when we’re reaching perimenopause and menopause? A huge misconception I hear fairly regul…
 
A lot of us with PCOS are insulin resistant (about 80% approximately) and so the general recommendation you'll see to help reverse and manage that insulin resistance is to lower your carbohydrate intake and focus on increasing protein and fats. But maybe you're doing that but your doctor has run some bloods, only to find you have some high choleste…
 
Sleep is one of those universal foundations of our health. If you’re not prioritising that, it can really negate all of the work you're putting in in other aspects of your healthy lifestyle, like nutrition, exercise and supplementation. If we don’t have good sleep, all of the pillars of our health crumble. With lockdowns happening (we’re currently …
 
Sleep is one of those universal foundations of our health. It’s like a good sunscreen in your skincare routine - if you’re not prioritising that, it can really negate all of the work you're putting in in other aspects of your healthy lifestyle, like nutrition, exercise and supplementation. If we don’t have good sleep, all of the pillars of our heal…
 
Do you have kids that are picky eaters and just don’t want to eat anything you put in front of them? Do you find you’re a similar way about foods? Working on improving your nutrition for your PCOS and want to introduce your child to more variety in their food? The reason may be the associations you had around food as an infant, toddler and child. I…
 
Long cycles? Anovulatory cycles? Heavy periods? Trouble sleeping in the lead up to your period? Recurrent miscarriages? Spotting? These all have one thing in common - they may be caused by low progesterone. This cheeky little hormone starts to rise in the second half of your cycle and is so so important for your health. Progesterone is very importa…
 
I’m back with my first episode of The PCOS Nutritionist Podcast for 2021! For this first episode back in the new year, I have a super juicy episode for you all. I know a lot of you either with children already or planning to have children are concerned about how your predisposition to insulin resistance (which roughly 80% of women with PCOS have) w…
 
This episode will be my last podcast episode of 2020! I can’t believe we’re already at the end of the year - it’s been a looooong one to say the least! Now you may remember that I released my book about a month ago (I know I keep talking about it, I’m still so excited!). I’ve had some really awesome feedback already but I know that many of you have…
 
Office Christmas parties, gatherings over dinner and drinks, virtual festive wine nights over zoom with your girlfriends, your annual holiday dinner with your extended family, heading off to the beach to enjoy some cold drinks and sunshine, live music festivals with friends (for those of us here in NZ!). Whatever way you’re planning to do this year…
 
When you hear the words ‘pelvic floor dysfunction’ you probably think of women post-birth, working on getting their pelvic floor back to where it was before their little bub arrived. But if you think that’s as far as it goes, boooooooy are you missing the bigger picture! Pelvic floor dysfunction doesn’t just happen to women after birth and it’s nev…
 
Before I get into the podcast for this week (which has been slightly delayed due to me having virtually no voice!), I want to talk about my book - today is the official release date of “Getting Pregnant with PCOS”! I’m beyond excited for you all to get your hands on it and read it. It’s been well over a year in the making - many late nights, a heap…
 
What if you've been told you’ve got PCOS and that you're going to struggle to conceive? But your doctor has told you not to worry because you can just get fertility treatment like Clomid. So you think “okay well I’ll just do that then.” Then you realize Clomid isn't just as easy as taking a pill and going on your way. It’s actually a really invasiv…
 
Your health is largely determined by your mother's health when you were in the womb, and similarly, you will determine the health of your child - not entirely - but to a great deal, by your health when you are pregnant. This is what's called the first 1000 days. The first 1000 days of a baby's life starts from conception. Over the last few years, t…
 
When I talk to women about their cycles, I ask them “do you know if you’re ovulating?” and a lot of them say “well I’m getting a period, so yeah I would assume I am”. A common misconception is that if you get a bleed, you’re ovulating - which isn’t necessarily true. Of course, with PCOS, it can be a bit more complicated. In PCOS, bleeding can be in…
 
If you've got PCOS, and you're not overweight, then you may have been told somewhere along the way that because you don't need to lose weight, there's nothing you can do to improve your PCOS, and that instead hormonal birth control or fertility treatments and drugs are going to be your only option. That is not true. I have worked with hundreds of w…
 
What happens if you have gone plant based for lots of different reasons - a lot of it being ethical reasons - and then you find out that it's not really working for your health and maintaining that way of eating along with making sure your health is in check is making your diet feel very restrictive? So you’re having this internal dilemma because y…
 
If you’ve been diagnosed with PCOS or you think you have it, you’ve almost inevitably fallen down the rabbit warren of trying to understand everything there is to know about PCOS. So you’ll definitely know that one of the three criteria used to diagnose PCOS is an irregular or completely absent period. What you may not know is that PCOS may not be …
 
I’m sure you’ve heard all about the gut microbiome but what about the vaginal microbiome? Everywhere that we have a bacteria, we have a microbiome, and the vagina is no exception! And like the gut microbiome, you need that balance of different bacteria in order to maintain good vaginal health. We know that our microbiomes are really important and t…
 
Ok, so you’ve got a love-hate relationship with caffeine? You love the ritual of having a coffee in the morning, the taste and that burst of energy you get - but you hate the dreaded post coffee slump, the jitters it gives you and the fact that sometimes, you just end up frazzled without much energy at all after chugging down that cappuccino or fla…
 
Struggling with skin issues? Started dating someone new and don’t know how to bring up your PCOS? Struggling with actually implementing the 80/20 lifestyle? Struggling to change your exercise as someone who competes professionally? Thinking of coming off the Pill so you can start trying? Well, luckily for you this week is a full Q&A style podcast -…
 
The amount of times I’ve heard “my doctor said ‘You have PCOS. So you need to move more, eat less. To manage it, we’ll put you on the Pill and come back when you want to get pregnant” is literally outrageous. Picture this, you’re leaving the doctor's office and they’ve just diagnosed you with PCOS. You’re still confused on what PCOS even means - so…
 
You’re go-go-go all day with work, exercise, trying to make sure you’re eating well, getting children to and from school, asking your partner to grab groceries on the way home from work. By the time the day is over you’re absolutely knackered and sex is about the last thing you can be bothered with. Sound familiar? Libido is something that’s often …
 
Understanding your body and what different things - medicinal or natural - do to your body is not only very interesting but so important. I’m not anti-medicine whatsoever, I think it definitely has a place in our medical system and that combining some of the really great pharmaceuticals we have at our disposal with tailored functional medicine and …
 
Hangry attacks? Irregular periods? Weight gain? Doctors that seem to be sending you round in circles without any actual answers? Overflowing with stress? Type A person? Told to just go on the Pill until you want children and then to do IVF or IUI? Saying yes to all of these? Then this is a sign for you to take a step back and look at the big pictur…
 
Our body systems don’t work in isolation - they’re all very intricately connected. So when one system is out of balance, there will almost always be impacts beyond that area of the body. An area that’s often overlooked, but is hugely important in PCOS is the thyroid. In fact, there are a lot of symptoms that overlap between thyroid conditions and P…
 
Weight is a massive issue for a lot of women with PCOS and is a concern that comes up a lot with the women I work with. When you go to the doctor, they often suggest a few different options when it comes to PCOS and often it’s “well you just need to lose weight”, and you’re thinking “well I’m already doing spin 5-6 classes a week and dieting, I’m l…
 
The more time I spend working with women with their PCOS, the more and more it becomes apparent that regardless of your medical knowledge you can still struggle and not have all the answers. In this episode, I’m combining my knowledge with physician and past PCOS Protocol patient (and a current member of our Lifer’s group), Dr Stephanie and we’re a…
 
It’s time for another MINI PCOS POD! A question-and-answer style podcast where I spill allllll the tea on PCOS - every week I answer your questions from my Instagram on all things symptoms, fertility, habit changes - pretty much everything related to PCOS! This week I’m talking about a few things but there’s still been a whole lot of questions arou…
 
So you find out you have PCOS, you’re given little to no direction on what to do next and it feels like you’ll never feel better and this is just how it’s going to be from here on out. Today’s episode I’m joined by the wonderful Lizzie who’s based in my favourite place (that isn’t New Zealand), the UK! Lizzie is a shining example of how there is ho…
 
Getting a PCOS diagnosis is one thing, but understanding that root cause and knowing what testing to do to look for that is a whole other thing! I’ve had more women than I can count tell me that it took them multiple doctors to even get a PCOS diagnosis and then when they finally did, they were told there’s nothing you can do but a) get on the pill…
 
You’d think that those working in the health and medical space would have absolutely no problem with their PCOS right? Well not really. Unfortunately, our modern westernised medical system isn’t well set up for more chronic issues like PCOS - and it’s not hugely focused on in medical school. Today I’m joined by the lovely Karina! She’s a former eme…
 
Welcome back to another Mini PCOS Pod! This week is a mixed bag when it comes to questions - we’re talking sugar cravings, pregnancy, what to do straight after a diagnosis, period / ovulation tracking apps and egg reserves with the Pill. There are still a few strangling questions off the back of the birth control podcast so I’m talking about those …
 
Not every woman wants children, and that’s totally fine. We’re lucky enough today to have such a variety of options available to us when it comes to our reproductive health, making permanent procedures a lot more accessible than they’ve been previously. For some of you, you may already have children - who are lovely and wonderful, but don’t need an…
 
If you’ve been listening to the podcast for a while, you’ll know that I used to be an elite triathlete competing nationally and internationally while I was growing up, so exercise has always been a massive part of my life. I mean I have a degree in exercise science too, so you could say I’m a pretty big fan of getting my body moving! For me, I wasn…
 
This is Part 2 of the 3 part series I’m doing on birth control methods - and this week is all about non-hormonal birth control methods! I know not all women with PCOS are keen to get pregnant right now (or at all!) so I wanted to talk more about birth control. There’s so much more to non-hormonal contraception than just the condom and that’s what I…
 
Following on from the last podcast on hormonal birth control, I wanted to talk about endometrial cancer. I realised that I’d somehow missed that in the original podcast and it would be remiss of me to gloss over the topic, since women with PCOS are about 3 times more likely to get endometrial cancer than women without PCOS. While there’s a fair amo…
 
We should all have the right to choose the contraception that works for us - BUT also be FULLY informed of all the options we have available to us and the risks and benefits of those options. You are entitled to make an informed choice. In this podcast, I outline all of the hormonal options available to you, and the pros and cons of those. There ar…
 
Welcome back to another MINI PCOS POD! If you haven’t listened to one of our mini podcasts before, they’re essentially a Q&A style podcast. We pass the mic over to you on our Instagram stories and ask you what questions you have about PCOS. We had so many fabulous questions about everything from supplements to gynaecological health to exercise and …
 
You’ve probably heard me say before, ‘healthy is relative to you and your physiology’ and I can’t stress this enough. While we have the same organs and the like, our genetics are so vastly different. With PCOS, we become so much more aware of how much of a role being able to switch genes on and off (epigenetics) with how we move, eat, sleep and thi…
 
It would be really remiss of me to not mention what’s going on in the United States right now, so I just want to start with that. I know it’s not my place to be speaking about racial inequality because I haven’t personally experienced it, but I understand that I have the privilege of having a platform where others might not. So to continue to educa…
 
It’s no surprise that over the last few years, cutting out gluten has become a whooooole lot more popular. There’s an abundance of gluten free products available and food services are really going in on advertising the fact that they offer meals or foods that are gluten free. Now for my coeliac and diagnosed gluten intolerant ladies this is a HUGE …
 
Another week, another spicy quick fire Q&A! This week we’re talking about a variety of topics - everything from bad period pain, birth control to lifestyle changes, blood tests coming back “normal” and juice cleansing (eeeek). With so much information floating around the internet, lots of influencers sharing their thoughts and products and doctors …
 
I’m sure for a lot of you, you were diagnosed with PCOS as a teen or in your twenties. It’s a crazy time in your life anyway - moving to a new city, starting off in your career, going to university and meeting new people. It comes with a whole lot of new challenges in itself but dealing with all of these new changes while you’re in the throws of de…
 
Everyone’s got an opinion on what the “healthiest foods and diet” are for PCOS but people are only just starting to talk about when the best time is to eat and how often we should eat. The nutrition community has been in debate about whether or not intermittent fasting is a good tool to be used for our health and overall longevity - in the average …
 
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