To treat PCOS, you need to know what’s driving it. In other words, you need to know your functional type of PCOS.
You could have insulin-resistant PCOS, post-pill PCOS (which is temporary), inflammatory PCOS, or the far less common adrenal PCOS. These are functional types of PCOS based on the underlying physiological driver.
If you follow my blog, you know how much I care about women and women’s health. I want women to be fully nourished and eat in a way that supports ovulation and hormones.
I am, therefore, concerned about any diet that seems to impair ovulation. That can include a low-carb or keto diet, which can stop ovulation and periods. That can also include an exclusively plant-based or vegan diet, which can stop ovulation, but more often seems to cause long cycles and progesterone deficiency.
If you’re vegan, I encourage you to keep reading and join the conversation in the comments. I particularly want to hear from anyone who has been vegan for at least a year. (And see below for a tally of the comments so far.)