PCOS: The Invisible Disease Affecting Women

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Gretchen Kubacky on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Could you have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)? In this episode of Woman Worriers, host Elizabeth Cush talks with Gretchen Kubacky, Psy.D., about this very common yet under-diagnosed condition affecting women.

I think there’s significant bias against researching disorders that affect women.
— Gretchen Kubacky, PsyD.

Show Notes:

Maybe you can’t seem to get pregnant. Maybe you’ve tried every diet and can’t lose weight. Maybe you’ve been from one doctor to the next and still can’t find an answer. Maybe what’s ailing you is PCOS — polycystic ovary syndrome. In this week’s episode of the Woman Worriers podcast, host Elizabeth Cush, LCPC, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., interviews Gretchen Kubacky, Psy.D. about how difficult PCOS can be, why it’s not talked about more and how important it is for people to better understand this chronic condition, which affects an estimated one out of every five women of childbearing age. Dr. Kubacky also offers options for treating PCOS and managing its many symptoms successfully.

Listen and learn:

  • What PCOS is

  • The most common symptoms of PCOS

  • Why PCOS is so difficult to diagnose

  • Health risks that increase with PCOS

  • Mental health conditions that are common in women with PCOS

  • Why many women with PCOS avoid going to the doctor

  • Why intense exercise won’t help women with PCOS to lose weight—and the problems it can create

  • Why ketogenic or gluten-free diets aren’t the answer

  • Pros and cons of the medications typically prescribed for PCOS

  • The simple lifestyle changes that make it easier to manage symptoms


Learn More

>  Dr. Gretchen Kubacky’s website

>  PCOS Wellness

> The PCOS Mood Cure: Your Guide to Ending the Emotional Roller Coaster by Gretchen Kubacky, Psy.D.

> PCOS Psychology Facebook group

> Free Insight Timer meditation app

> Progression Counseling


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