Podcast Episode 125: Understanding the Four Types of PCOS

How much do you know about PCOS? In this episode, I’m going to break it down to help you get a better understanding of the four different types of PCOS and talk about the symptoms that are often associated with them.

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Topics Discussed in this Episode:

  • What is PCOS
  • What causes PCOS
  • The 4 types of PCOS and their symptoms
  • Tests that you can do for PCOS


Key Takeaways:

  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common endocrine system disorders affecting women and affects about 1 in 10 women of child-bearing age.
  • The principal symptom of PCOS is typically irregular periods. Other symptoms include excess facial or body hair, thinning hair, infertility, adult acne, anxiety, brain fog, fatigue, food cravings, hair loss, headaches, inflammation, insulin resistance or diabetes, low progesterone, pelvic pain, periods with no ovulation, recurring miscarriages, and weight gain.
  • Contrary to the name, ovarian cysts don’t cause PCOS. Ovarian cysts are a symptom of the hormonal chaos that’s happening in the body that’s associated with PCOS, but the presence of cysts alone is not enough to diagnose PCOS.
  • The 4 types of PCOS:
  1. Insulin-resistant PCOS
  2. Post-pill PCOS
  3. Inflammatory PCOS
  4. Adrenal PCOS
  • Insulin-resistant PCOS accounts for up to 70% of cases where there is a decreased ability to manage your blood sugar properly.
  • Post-pill PCOS is often caused by a surge in androgen after you quit hormonal birth control.
  • Chronic inflammation can suppress ovulation and stimulate your ovaries to make more androgen. An overproduction of insulin can do the same thing.
  • If your DHEAS is elevated but your testosterone and other androgenic hormones are in the normal range, this could indicate adrenal PCOS.


Action Steps:

  • Work with a qualified practitioner and ask for appropriate testing like the c-reactive protein (CRP) test.


Samantha said:

“Identifying your PCOS type can really help you to discover your root cause and what steps you can take to support your body.”

“Don’t guess. Do some testing and really work with a qualified practitioner.”


Thanks for listening!


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