PCOS Pathways

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder effecting about 10-20% of women. It is the worlds leading cause of infertility. The cause has not been confirmed and a sure-fire cure has not been found but research is increasing around the world. And importantly, women are finding successful treatments and even cures through various treatment methods. PCOS Pathways is a Facebook page developed to share information about these different treatment methods - from western pharmaceuticals to Ayurvedic (traditional Indian) medicine to yoga. I will also share research, anecdotes, success stories, recipes and anything interesting relating to PCOS. My name is Melissa Christie. I live on a farm on the east coast of Australia with my husband Matty and our wonderful son Koji and I have PCOS. I am not a health professional. I just want to empower other women like myself, with knowledge about our options. One thing I have learnt on my journey is that no one cares about your health as much as you do. So it is important that we get to know our PCOS and the options available to us. We need to build a support network of health professionals around us and take charge of our own health. We are all different and we all have different combinations of PCOS symptoms. With this in mind, I truly feel that treatment methods effect us all differently and I want women with PCOS to read about and know about all the different treatment paths available to them. I want women to know that if something doesn't work for them that seemingly is working for everyone else, that it is not the end of the road - there will be a solution that works for them, they just have to press on and find it. I have worked my way through a change in diet and exercise, western herbal medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, yoga, reiki and finally traditional chinese medicine (TCM). It is here with TCM that I have found a treatment that works for me. That is not to say it will work for you but my point is that I kept trying and in the end, I found a solution to my PCOS. And along the way I learnt so much about my body and the range of things that effect it. It wasn't easy and it wasn't quick...but it wasn't endless either. The internet is a big help for research but it is also a big place and info on PCOS is varied and scattered. After experiencing a heart-wrenching miscarriage in 2015, I had to do constant google searching and forum and article trawling to find out about different treatment options and research. Throughout my grief, this was so time consuming and difficult. So I decided that once I was feeling better, I would dedicate my time to solving this issue. This is why I have created the PCOS Pathways website and The 2019 PCOS Journal - a day planner designed for women with PCOS. PCOS Pathways is ultimately working towards releasing a PCOS management app, completely dedicated to helping women with PCOS. Trust me, this app is going to help us all. I'm developing it because I personally have a need for it, especially since experiencing a miscarriage. So please, soak up all the information available to you, comment if you want to, contact me if you have questions and ladies - stay hopeful and motivated! Knowledge-up and take charge of your health!