Being diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome can be devastating. Not only are we experiencing the physical symptoms of PCOS, we also experience depression, anxiety, and if we are told we have infertility, grieve over the children we long to have.
Each and every one of us can be a PCOS Diva! Whether you’ve just been diagnosed or have tried to manage PCOS symptoms on your own for a long time, I offer a positive and supportive environment for your Diva to thrive! Through healthy eating, meal planning, stress reduction and self-care, she can reclaim her fertility, femininity, health and happiness.
I was Not Always a PCOS Diva
My name in Amy Medling, and not only am I a Certified PCOS Health Coach, I am a wife, and a mother of 3 children. I was not always a PCOS “Diva.”
I still remember these words as clear as it was yesterday. I was just 18 years old, and instead of suggesting that I may have PCOS, the doctor told me I was infertile. During my early twenties, practically every time I would visit an OB/GYN for an annual, I was told something about how difficult it will be for me to get pregnant. I never received a PCOS diagnosis.
In my mid-20’s, after a round of Clomid, I did get pregnant and gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. But later, when we wanted to have another child, found that I was not ovulating. A registered nurse at the local hospital, was actually the first person to suggest that I had PCOS. She knew from my charting that I wasn’t ovulating and the chart looked very typical of PCOS. I was 30 at the time and I had never even heard of PCOS.
After the Diagnosis of PCOS
After being diagnosed with PCOS, I was put on Metformin (which made me sick as a dog), a higher dose of Clomid with monitored cycles and eventually injectables. It took many monitored cycles (actually the last before I would have to think of IVF) and I became pregnant!
But—I was also a tired, bagel eating, diet soda drinking, frumpy, moody mess. I hated that my body couldn’t tolerate effects of the hormones I had taken while trying to get pregnant. I spent many nights and a whole lot of energy asking, “Why me?”
I was exhausted all of the time, and the weight would not come off. I was angry, feeling sorry for myself and utterly hopeless.
Uncovering My PCOS Diva
And then one day, I had had enough. I wasn’t going to let PCOS be the end of my world.
I embarked on a journey to heal my body and life. I wanted to begin managing my PCOS naturally. Every evening I spent hours researching and I tried lots of different diets, supplements and lifestyle changes. The weight started to come off, my energy levels increased, my skin cleared and my moods brightened.
When I began taking care of myself, loving myself and making my health a priority, I became a new woman! My husband started calling me a Diva—what a compliment!
I was able to get my body, mind and soul to a place where after two pregnancies conceived with the help of medication, I had the biggest surprise of my life. I was pregnant, completely on my own, no fertility treatments, no pharmaceuticals at age 37. Now, I am the blessed mother of two boys and a daughter!
Finding Your PCOS Diva
This experience of healing myself and regaining fertility, femininity, health and my own happiness and joy for life, truly launched PCOS Diva. Certified through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, holistic nutrition and lifestyle has been the cornerstone of PCOS treatment and care.
My goal is to help women with PCOS live their best life and thrive. It’s time you found your inner PCOS Diva! Your Diva will discover that PCOS doesn’t have to slow her down, and she can live the life she has envisioned for herself, managing PCOS symptoms with ease.