4 Types of PCOS (a Flowchart)

Types of PCOS

Your diagnosis of PCOS may not mean very much. For one thing, you may have been mistakenly told you have “lean PCOS” when you actually have hypothalamic amenorrhea or are in a temporary post-pill situation.

Or, you may truly have PCOS but not the insulin-resistant type.

Here’s what you need to know about the four types of PCOS. (Full flowchart at the end of the article.)

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How to Survive the Great Progesterone Crash of Perimenopause

perimenopause and stressIn your forties, you may find you don’t cope as well with stress. It happens because losing progesterone during perimenopause can destabilize the HPA axis or stress response system.

This recalibration of the nervous system is why women are three times more likely to suffer anxiety, depression, and insomnia during perimenopause.

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What Estrogen Does in Your 40s (and How Progesterone Can Help)

Estrogen rollercoaster of perimenopause Hot flashes, sleep problems, mood swings, and crazy heavy periods. Is this menopause already? And you’re only 42? No, menopause may still be a decade away. This is perimenopause, which is the two to ten years of hormonal change before periods stop.

Perimenopause can be a tricky time and causes more symptoms than menopause itself. Conventional medicine has surprisingly little to offer. Your doctor will say you’re too young for hormone replacement, so she will likely prescribe the pill or an antidepressant, or tell you just to ride it out.

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The Ups and Downs of Estrogen. Part 1: Estrogen Deficiency

woman low estrogenEstrogen builds bone, strengthens muscle, slows aging, raises libido, enhances insulin sensitivity, and boosts serotonin (which is why estrogen is so important for mood and sleep).

And those are just a few of the hormone’s many benefits. Estrogen regulates over a thousand genes, so it’s arguably one of our most influential and important hormones.

No wonder it feels so bad to have estrogen deficiency. (It also feels bad to have estrogen excess. Read Part 2: Estrogen Excess.)

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