Here are my top product recommendations to deal with hair loss, unwanted hair growth, weight gain, and poor sleep caused by PCOS. I have included my honest, personal experience with each product that helped me deal with these symptoms. I hope you find them useful too!
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For those who suffer from PCOS, there is always one symptom that is way worse than the rest… for me, that was hair loss. Thankfully, my hair has regrown.
Below is how bad my hair got compared to nine months after the birth of Sophia. I am not saying that this improvement was solely due to the shampoo I used. I believe a great deal of it was connected to my pregnancy. However, the second picture is nine months postpartum and I hadn’t lost much of the hair I regained during the pregnancy.
I first tried Nioxin in 2019 because my mother had heard great things about it from a friend. I started with System 2 which is for natural hair with progressed thinning.
Since then, I have changed to System 1 which is for natural hair with light thinning. There are 6 systems in all, including for colored and bleached hair. Active ingredients include saw palmetto and peppermint which are both proven to help with hair loss.
Regrowing hair can take a LONG time. I believe that it can only happen by addressing the hormonal imbalance caused by PCOS through diet and lifestyle first. However, I enjoy using Nioxin and I think it makes a great part of an overall hair care routine.
Unwanted Hair Growth
So, from not enough hair to too much hair… in the wrong place! This symptom (hirsutism to give it its proper name) is a lot easier to deal with. A simple razor and tweezers help no end.
In addition to those quick fixes, there was a study done in Turkey on the effects of spearmint tea on women with PCOS. It found that spearmint herbal tea had significant anti-androgen (the male hormones which cause hirsutism) effects when drunk twice a day.
I tried Traditional Medicinal Organic Spearmint Herbal Tea, however, I simply don’t drink enough cups of tea a day for it to have made a difference! It tastes delicious though and makes a perfect summer drink when served over ice.
I switched to taking a spearmint capsule. This was a great solution for me because I could just take it in the morning with my other supplements. Initially, I thought it wasn’t making much of a difference because I still had some unwanted hair growth.
However, I stopped taking it when I discovered I was pregnant and then realized how much it was helping! As noted on the bottle, pregnant and breastfeeding women should not take spearmint capsules. Please read all labels carefully.
Weight gain with PCOS is the result of a number of different factors. Insulin resistance, increased cortisol levels, stress, and emotional eating can all have a role to play. There is no one-size-fits all solution but there is no doubt that exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.
There are so many products that can make exercise more enjoyable etc. but for me the two most important items to invest in are:
- a decent bra
- good shoes
The bra I currently use is a SheFit ULTIMATE SPORTS BRA®. I can’t recommend this company highly enough. Their customer support is fantastic and this bra provides amazing support. I love that they make bras for women of every size and not just for those who are fit and thin.
My favorite brand of running shoes is ASICS because it stands for “Anima Sana In Corpore Sano”. This translates from Latin as “A healthy mind in a healthy body.” For me, that really underlines the connection between our bodies and minds. I use ASICS Women’s Gel-Venture 7 Running Shoes which come in so many different, pretty colors combinations.
Creating a good bedtime routine is a great way to improve your sleep. I love diffusing lavender and clary sage essential oil before bed. It’s such a relaxing scent and both lavender and clary sage have been proven to lower blood pressure.
I use English Lavender essential oil from Lavender by the Bay. They’re a family-owned company with a lavender farm out on Long Island. I used to work with them and can testify that on top of making high-quality products, they are really lovely people!
This is the Clary Sage essential oil which I use. Generally speaking, when looking for good quality essential oil make sure the name is written in Latin on the bottle and that it has the country of origin listed.
If a company is selling all its essential oils at the same price, avoid them. Different essential oils require different amounts of plant matter to make and some plants are easier to grow than others.
There are so many ways to diffuse essential oils but I chose to use a mist diffuser. It does not use heat and therefore the chemical compounds in the essential oils are not altered. Make sure to clean it regularly. Mold forms inside and you don’t want to diffuse mold spores into the air you breathe!
Hopefully some of these products can help you to manage your PCOS symptoms in combination with a healthy lifestyle. What products do you love to use? Let me know in the comments below!
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Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. Please read all product labels and warnings carefully to ensure they are a good fit for you. Consult with your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. ‘Lemon and Sophia’s’ full disclaimer can be found here.