Our Program: What to Expect
Most women can expect to participate in initial testing and consultations to determine their best management plan. Once your specialist defines a treatment plan, he or she will walk you through the steps of your treatment. The following are common components of our process:
- All new patients and guests will attend an orientation; there is a $10.00 fee. This orientation will provide essential PCOS education.
New Patient Consultation:
- Meet with a Wellness Coordinator
- Meet with a Medical Practitioner
- Medical and Family History
- Lifestyle Intake
- Body Assessment testing
- Weight, measurements, blood pressure, and heart rate
- Goal and lifestyle management and assessment
Our laboratory will conduct blood panels for PCOS. Additional testing may be required, depending on your medical history and your goals.
Elevations in insulin levels can contribute to the formation of cysts in the ovaries. Your doctor will look for ovarian cysts, uterine polyps, and uterine fibroids through an ultrasound. Regular ultrasounds are administered during Basic Monitoring visits to monitor the condition of cysts over time.
Essential Nutrition - Living with PCOS (3 course class)
Essential nutrition courses are recommended to most women. Nutrition is a cornerstone in PCOS management, and proper nutrition is part of every successful regimen. Your goal and lifestyle assessment will determine when this class best fits into your management plan.
Treatment Protocol Visit
During this visit, our medical team will meet with you to conduct all of your preliminary testing. Your test results, evaluations, assessments, and goals will be reviewed to determine your next step. Treatment is typically categorized into one of the following three areas: Basic Monitoring, Weight Loss, or Infertility. However, the specific type of care will you will receive is based on your individual results and goals.
Some women may have already completed programs, have their symptoms under control or are not yet ready to make commitments. Basic monitoring is the minimum care a woman should receive. These visits are typically made a few times a year and include your physical exam, laboratory testing, ultrasound, wellness assessment and setting your health commitments and goals for the next 6 months.
Women with PCOS often find it difficult to lose weight, even with dramatic decreases in their food intake. However, crash or fad diets can be dangerous because of the high risk for impaired glucose/insulin metabolism and diabetes associated with PCOS. The PCOS Institute’s Nutrition Consultation Programs include natural supplements to promote safe weight loss, better manage of your PCOS symptoms and reduce risk factors for diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.
Benefits of 10% weight loss
- Around 20% decrease in total mortality
- Around 30% decrease in diabetes related deaths
- Around 40% decrease in obesity related cancers
- Fall of 10 mmHg systolic
- Fall of 20 mmHg diastolic
- 30-50% fall in fasting glucose
- 50% fall in risk of diabetes developing
- 15% decrease in HbA1c
- 10% decrease in total cholesterol
- 15% decrease in LDL cholesterol
- 30% decrease in triglycerides
- 8% increase in HDL cholesterol
Facts from Helping Patients, PatientPlus
Our weight loss programs are unique because we specialize in helping PCOS women lose weight. With proper goal setting, coaching, and support we are able to help many women keep the weight off, which lowers the risk factors associated with PCOS. You will be able to live a happier, healthier, and more confident life. Our specialists merge a medical and wellness perspective to treat.
We have several types of weight loss programs that tailor to your specific needs. Some of our programs include and products include:
- Our 28 Day Cleanse
- 21 Day Purification Program
- A special homeopathic “Fat Burning Serum”
- App Control
- Fat Utilize
- Rebuild Lean Muscles
- Metabolism Rebuild
- And many more
If you are trying to conceive, your Institute specialist will work with your primary infertility doctor to help manage, control, or lose weight in the time frames that coincide with your infertility treatment. We know the appropriate dietary and physical restrictions for a woman trying to conceive because we understand infertility cycles and treatment plans. We are unique in this way and accommodate your needs.
Infertility can seem like a huge obstacle for women with PCOS. Here are some facts to consider before
- PCOS is responsible for 70% of infertility issues in women who have difficulty ovulating (7). This percentage could be lowered when women know how to manage their PCOS.
- Some researchers say that the rate of miscarriage for those with PCOS is as high as 45%
- Even a 5% loss of body weight can make a big difference in a woman's fertility and decrease her risk for gestational diabetes when she does become pregnant. A diet that is low in fat and carbohydrates can regulate insulin levels and help a woman with PCOS with her fertility.
- Some experts suggest that as many as 80-90% of all women with PCOS have babies and it does seem that most women with this condition do go on to carry successful pregnancies.
- Clomid works to get women with PCOS pregnant 70% of the time.
Facts found at http://www.womens-health.co.uk/pcos-pregnancy.html