We get this question all the time. The short answer is that the PCOS SOLUTION program is not meant to be a substitute for seeing a qualified doctor or other PCOS-knowledgeable practitioner. It’s meant to be an adjunct to private care. However, by the time you master the program, you may not have a PCOS diagnosis anymore, and your doctor will have nothing to do!
What happens when you see your doctor for pcos?
In a nutshell, when you have or suspect you have PCOS, it’s typically your gynecologist who oversees your case. Conventional gynecologists have an array of tools to mask and manage symptoms of PCOS. However, they are not trained to reverse or “cure” PCOS.
These tools include medications such as birth control pills and spironolactone. They also include assisted techniques to get pregnant, such as follicle stimulating medications (Clomid, Femara), trigger (HcG) shots, insemination, and invitro fertilization. If you are overweight you are typically told to lose weight and exercise, and to take Metformin (a diabetes drug used off-label for PCOS).
Contemporary gynecologists (those who stay up to date on research and publications) usually have PCOS on their radar for diagnosis if you present with the major symptoms. These include male-pattern hair growth, acne, irregular periods, no period, infertility, apple-shaped weight gain, and a visible “ring of pearl” cysts around your ovaries.
If you have an atypical presentation (say you’re thin and fit with no male-pattern body hair and no cysts) then you may fall under the radar for diagnosis.
What about integrative or functional practitioners?
A functional practitioner who specializes in PCOS will go outside the box in terms of her diagnosis and treatment approach. If you’re “atypical” you are more likely to get an accurate diagnosis with a functional practitioner. We view PCOS as a spectrum, with different presentations.
We also view PCOS as a syndrome that is reversible. Each woman has her particular set of underlying drivers that led to this syndrome, and all of them can be changed with lifestyle factors alone. In fact, the first-line treatment for PCOS is lifestyle changes.
Your functional practitioner may or may not be a gynecologist or MD. She may have a different medical license (DO, DC, ND, LAc, CNP, etc). If she specializes in PCOS, a functional practitioner is a good resource for:
- Diagnosis, including a differential diagnosis of your type of PCOS.
- Finding root-cause drivers of your PCOS.
- Treating with lifestyle changes and supplements.
- Reducing medications, for use only when needed.
- Improving your overall health.
- Understanding and preventing the long term risks of PCOS (beyond periods and fertility).
- Ordering necessary labs (ultrasounds, blood work, functional medicine labs).
How does the pcos solution program work with private care?
A private care practitioner is the best person for overseeing your personal case: ordering labs and ultrasounds, and monitoring medications and supplements. Sometimes this is one person alone, such as a functional gynecologist (like Dr. Anita). Often it’s a combination of a functional practitioner (what Laura usually does) and a conventional gynecologist.
Frequently private care practitioners cannot offer you the full scope of education and guidance regarding lifestyle changes. “Go lose weight” or “relax” is what you may hear. But why and how?
This is where the PCOS SOLUTION comes in. We (Dr. Anita and Laura) guide you through all the lifestyle changes that lead you to reverse your PCOS. Our program structure and approach is thoughtfully designed, and we’ve reworked it over several rounds, to provide the best experience and results.
The program takes 6 weeks and most women find that to be sufficient. However, many women stretch it out or redo it, and that’s why your membership lasts for 6 months. Laura and Dr. Anita, our graduates and health coaches, and your peers provide a safe group platform for support and extra tips and resources via our closed Facebook group. Peer support is so essential!
Basically, the program is what your functional practitioner would guide you through for 6 weeks, every day, one-on-one, if that were possible. The program is MUCH more affordable, time-efficient, and a win-win for all women and their practitioners alike. Check it out!