Managing PCOS For Dummies

Managing PCOS for Dummies By Gaynor Bussell

When you’re diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), you may feel pretty low – PCOS isn’t a nice condition and doesn’t yet have a cure. However, the good news is that you can keep the symptoms more or less completely at bay. This doesn’t happen simply by taking a pill or two;you have to put in the effort yourself, and you aren’t going to see results overnight. That’s not a message that everyone likes to hear in today’s instant gratification society. The rewards are huge though – you get your life back and you feel so fit and well that you don’t want to return to your old lifestyle.

Put simply, you need to live a healthy life to keep PCOS under control. Lose any excess weight, get fit, tone up, and eat food that’s going to do the best for your body. All this doesn’t need to be dull and boring: Being physically active can be fun and it certainly lifts the mood and gives you a buzz. Have a peek at the recipes in this book and you soon realise that the diet for PCOS is tasty,easy to make, and sure to be liked by your friends and family, too, so no
excuse for social exclusion

Managing PCOS for Dummies is written By Gaynor Bussell.

About the Author:

Gaynor Bussell is a Registered Dietitian, a Nutrition Consultant, and a member of various professional nutrition organisations, including the Nutrition Society and the British Dietetic Association.

Gaynor began specialising in women’s health after taking a short career break to have her two daughters. She worked as a women’s health dietitian for over six years at University College Hospital in London, specialising particularly in PMS, menopause, preconception health, eating disorders and, of course,PCOS. She also covered the osteoporosis clinic at this hospital. During this time Gaynor became dietary adviser to a women’s health charity.

Since then Gaynor has worked at various women’s health clinics including those at Hammersmith and Queen Charlotte’s. She was also the dietitian for a private residential eating disorders centre. Gaynor continues to see private patients who have women’s health issues and/or eating disorders. She also continues to work with various women’s health organisations and charities,and writes and gives talks on various aspects of women’s health.

Gaynor currently works as a consultant for the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) where her role includes acting as the interface on nutritional matters between industry and UK and EU authorities and sitting on a number of decision-making committees.

About This Book

When you’re first told that you have a particular medical condition, you’re given a whole heap of advice from different people, including your friends and your Aunty Nelly! And, more than likely, different bits of advice are contradictory.You may have looked up PCOS on the Internet, or leafed through a few books about it. You may even have read articles about it in popular
magazines, or read about some celebrity who cured herself by eating nothing but peanut butter sandwiches. Well, what’s a girl to do?

This book gives you down-to-earth and up-to-date advice. It tells you what’s worked and what hasn’t for PCOS sufferers, and takes you through what you can be doing for yourself to help reduce your PCOS symptoms, mostly in the area of diet and exercise. I also briefly cover the medical treatments available for PCOS, but only so that you’re aware of what’s available and what route your doctor or specialist may want to take you down.

How This Book Is Organised:

The great thing about For Dummies books is that you don’t have to read them all the way through. You can simply turn to the bit you want – a chapter, a section, even just a paragraph. The table of contents and the index help you out. This section gives you an idea of what lies ahead.

Part I: PCOS in a Nutshell

When you’re initially diagnosed with any condition, the first order of business is getting a good enough understanding so that 1) you’re not terrified or panicky and 2) you can make good decisions about how to take care of your health. So in this part, I give you basic information about PCOS: what it is,what causes it, what symptoms may accompany it, what changes you can expect as you age, and – most importantly – how you can take control and manage it.

Part II: Taking Control of Your Diet

Your diet can really help to control symptoms of PCOS. This part covers following a balanced low glycaemic index (GI) diet, whether simply to control PCOS or also to lose weight. As many PCOS sufferers tend to be overweight,this part is full of helpful and practical tips to keep the weight off.

Part III: Recipes for Life

Part 3 is very practical, explaining how watching the calories and the GI gets translated into actual meals and recipes. You don’t need to look at another recipe book with these chapters! As well as tips and advice, the recipes cover breakfasts (Chapter 6), lunches and starters (Chapter 7), snacks (in Chapter 8 and, yes, they are allowed!), and last but not least dinners and puds(Chapter 9). The recipes also include some indulgent ones and meals you can safely serve up at a dinner party.

Part IV: Other Helpful Stuff for PCOS

This part looks at other ways that you can help to reduce your PCOS symptoms,including the importance of physical activity. When you have PCOS you may well be tempted to try all sorts of other ‘cures’ that you find out about.Part 4 sorts out the good from the bad, and points out the downright ugly of these so called ‘cures’. PCOS is often accompanied by psychological problems such as depression, loss of control, and stress, so this part helps you find the right balance between body, mind, and spirit. Finally, this part gives you some really down to earth advice on what to do to ensure that you maximise your chances of getting pregnant and having a beautiful bouncing baby.

Part V: The Part of Tens

This part contains five lots of ten tips, which form a quick reference guide.Most of these tips are mentioned throughout the rest of the book, but this part brings them all together as a handy reference. You can find tips on the PCOS symptoms that you can diminish by using the advice in this book; how to distinguish the good diets from the bad; good reasons for following a low-GI diet; and ten superfoods you can incorporate into your diet to help reduce your PCOS symptoms. Finally, Chapter 18 lists ten organisations that offer support and advice to people like you who have PCOS or have a close friend or relative with it.

Customer Reviews On Managing PCOS For Dummies

The book has a lot of the reg info on what PCOS is, and spends well over half the book talking about diets and food. It's written by a dietician, and so it's helpful for someone looking for tips on food that you may not find to quite this extent in other books. It offers good tips for eating healthy, and for excersizing.
It does recommend a low GI diet, which is the best diet for PCOS, and talkes exstensively about insulin resistance as well- a great key word for those with PCOS. The book is more like a manual of course, it's a "dummies" series, so it lacks a lot of warmth. It does have some interesting recipes, but like the last review- many of them do contain items you can buy in the US and does seem to be European based.


I'm so happy to find a book that has more realistic diet information to help manage PCOS.

This book is informative on PCOS, what it is and how it effects the body. Changing your diet and exercise habits are key to getting rid of or at least lessening the annoying symptoms that come along with this disease.

This is a definite must have!

--Raymond Chamberlain

This book really helped with all my questions on PCOS. I would highly recommend it!


This book provides useful, practical advices. Although I agree some of the ingridients mentioned in the receipes are difficult to find, but altogether its a useful resource.


What is polycystic ovarian syndrome( PCOS)?

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), also known by the name Stein-Leventhal syndrome, is a hormonal problem that causes women to have a variety of symptoms.

PCOS are the Cysts that form from a buildup of follicle cysts which cause the ovaries to thicken. These cysts cause the ovaries to enlarge and create a thick outer covering which may prevent ovulation from occurring and are often the cause of fertility problems.

What are the symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)?

What are the symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)?

The symptoms of PCOS include:

*Irregular or no menstrual periods


*Obesity, and

*Excess hair growth

Other signs and symptoms of PCOS include:

*weight gain,

*oily skin,



*skin discolorations,

*high cholesterol levels,

*elevated blood pressure, and

*abnormal hair growth and distribution

Any of the above symptoms and signs may be absent in PCOS, with the exception of irregular or no menstrual periods. All women with PCOS will have irregular or no menstrual periods. Women who have PCOS do not regularly ovulate; that is, they do not release an egg every month. This is why they do not have regular periods.

What causes polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)?

No one is quite sure what causes PCOS. Although women with PCOS often have a mother or sister with the condition, there is not enough scientific evidence to prove that the condition may be inherited. The ovaries of women with PCOS frequently contain a number of small cysts, hence the name poly (many) cystic ovarian syndrome. A similar number of cysts may occur in women without PCOS. Therefore, the cysts themselves do not seem to be the cause of the problem. A malfunction of the body's blood sugar control system (insulin system) is frequent in women with PCOS, and researchers believe that these abnormalities may be related to the development of PCOS. It is known that the ovaries of women with PCOS produce excess amounts of male hormone known as androgen. This excessive production of male hormones may be a result of the abnormalities in insulin production.

Natural Treatment for PCOS

Sufferers of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome(PCOS) will often consider a natural treatment for PCOS. For some this may be because they have previously used or always been open to alternative medicine, but for most it is because conventional medicine just doesn't seem to have the answers they are seeking.

Natural treatments (or complementary therapies or alternative therapies) are also aften called holistic medicine because they aim to treat the person/patient as a "Whole", mind, body and spirit, and to understand everything that is going on with that person.

If you are looking for a natural way to eliminate your PCOS, you should take a look at Managing PCOS for Dummies.