Can You Have PCOS With Regular Periods

Can You Have PCOS With Regular Periods?

Can You Have PCOS With Regular Periods
by InfluencerSEO Posted May 14, 2024

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal condition that affects lots of women of reproductive age. Since it’s primarily a hormonal problem, it can impact pretty much every part of your body, causing a long list of symptoms. One of the most well-known symptoms of PCOS is irregular, infrequent, or absent periods. In fact, doctors start looking at a possible PCOS diagnosis when your periods are more than 35 days apart

But, this begs the question: Are irregular periods essential for a PCOS diagnosis? Can you have PCOS and regular periods? It’s a great question, especially if you’re on a mission to understand what’s happening in your body and heal to live symptom-free despite your condition! So, let’s get into the specifics of PCOS and periods. 

Can You Have PCOS With Regular Periods

Can You Have PCOS With Regular Periods?

Yes! Though uncommon, women with PCOS can have normal periods. Studies show that just over 72% of Cysters have menstrual cycles disorders like irregular periods or absent periods, which is a lot. However, the other 28% of us don’t have that experience. There are actually four types of PCOS: inflammatory PCOS, insulin-resistant PCOS, adrenal fatigue PCOS, and hypothyroid PCOS. 

Adrenal and insulin-resistant PCOS both come with lots of hormonal imbalances that could lead to irregular periods like high testosterone, high cortisol, estrogen dominance, low progesterone, and more. However, inflammatory PCOS and hypothyroid PCOS may not have the same effect on your reproductive system that would trigger an irregular period. 

Of course, all four types of PCOS have some overlapping symptoms that can be reversed. You can find out more about your PCOS type with our quiz and how to heal your condition with my blog, my podcast, and The Cysterhood

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How Does PCOS Affect Your Period?

The primary reason PCOS impacts your periods is hormone imbalances. High levels of androgens (male sex hormones like testosterone) can cause anovulation, irregular periods, or no periods at all. This is where it all starts! Then, estrogen dominance and low progesterone can further affect the irregularity and actually thicken the uterine lining. That means when your period does come, it can be heavy and painful

Something else that can trigger these hormonal imbalances is insulin resistance. This is when your body doesn’t process glucose correctly, and instead of converting glucose to energy, it absorbs it as fat and elevates those blood sugar levels. All of this strain on the body also stimulates the ovaries to produce more androgens, impacting the menstrual cycle and other symptoms of PCOS (like weight gain, body hair growth, acne, mood swings, high blood pressure, hair loss, and more!) 

How to Get Regular Periods in PCOS

If you are a Cyster who struggles with irregular periods, this is a symptom you can reverse naturally. You may have been told hormonal birth control is the only way, but that’s simply not true! Getting to the root of your hormonal issues can help you find whole-body relief and finally get your periods back on track. Here’s what you can do: 

Eat a balanced diet without skipping meals. 

What you eat is SO important. The food we put in our bodies has a direct impact on the three things causing most of your PCOS symptoms (including irregular periods): inflammation, insulin resistance, and hormone balance. And, no, you don’t need to go on a super-restrictive, stressful diet. 

I recommend a gluten- and dairy-free anti-inflammatory diet. Cutting back on gluten, dairy, sugar, fried foods, and having red meat in moderation can relieve inflammation. And, since inflammation can trigger hormonal imbalances and insulin resistance, those can get better, too! I also recommend limiting alcohol, since some mixed drinks are high in carbs, and limiting caffeine, since it can mess with your cortisol levels (which is a stress hormone). 

You should also eat three balanced meals a day, including lots of fiber and healthy fat. Fiber has been shown to balance estrogen levels while healthy fats are naturally anti-inflammatory and blood sugar-balancing! When you break that cycle of inflammation, insulin resistance, and hormonal imbalance, you are more likely to see big changes in your period. Be sure to include protein and carbs as well– finding your Carb Tolerance Range can help with this.

And, yes, this can be just as delicious and satisfying as your current diet—except this one will make you feel good. You can find lots of PCOS-friendly recipes like buffalo chicken pizza, one pot taco pasta, and low-carb chocolate chip cookies on The Cysterhood app. It’s the best toolkit for Cysers looking to reverse their symptoms! 

Drink an anti-androgen tea blend. 

Herbs can be a powerful healing tool for our PCOS! Studies have shown certain types of tea can have incredible hormone-balancing qualities for women with PCOS. Peppermint and spearmint tea are two of the best options, because studies show it can lower testosterone levels! Nettle helps remove excess estrogen, chamomile reduces inflammation, and cinnamon improves insulin sensitivity and helps regulate menstrual cycles

Am I advocating you drink 5 different teas every day? No, we have a blend launching soon on our website, Ovafit! Check out our Testosterone Relief Tea that blends all the best herbs and teas for PCOS together in one powerful BPA-free tea bag. I can’t wait to share it with you! Stay tuned! 

Do slow-weighted workouts regularly. 

Exercise is another all-around healing tool that can help heal inflammation, insulin resistance, and hormonal imbalances. However, don’t just do ANY workout. You don’t want anything that pumps you full of adrenaline and cortisol (like high-intensity workouts), because that can actually worsen insulin resistance, which then dominos into problems with inflammation and hormonal imbalances. Of course, that means irregular periods! 

I recommend slow-weighted workouts that are low-impact and low-intensity while still providing a full-body workout. I have tons of these PCOS-workouts on The Cysterhood app. You can get similar gains from other meditative workouts like pilates, walking, and yoga! Here’s more on how to workout for PCOS!

Reduce stress with some self-care. 

Stress can also wreak havoc on your hormones. High cortisol (stress hormones) can result in insulin resistance, which can then lead to inflammation and high testosterone. (Sound familiar?) Plus, we’ve all heard about how stress can mess up our periods! So, reducing stress is key to regulating those menstrual cycles. 

You can do this by cutting caffeine (as I discussed earlier), spending time in nature, doing things that you love, exercising regularly, meditating, and other acts of self-care! Do what relaxes you and makes you happy. 

Take beneficial vitamins and supplements. 

Supplements can be super helpful for filling nutritional gaps that allow your body to thrive and carry out its normal functioning properly! Some of the best supplements to encourage regular periods are Ovasitol, vitamin D3, omega-3 fatty acids, and zinc! You can grab all these hormone-balancing supplements on Ovafit, my PCOS-friendly supplement line! They’re gluten- and dairy-free and NSF-certified! They’re the highest quality and can work wonders on our PCOS symptoms.  

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You can have regular periods and still be diagnosed with PCOS!

If you’ve ruled out PCOS because your periods are regular, don’t be so quick to cross this one off. There are a lot of symptoms and types of PCOS, so it’s best to investigate each one before coming to conclusions. I recommend getting your labs done to track hormones to get the clearest pictures of your diagnosis. Whatever the result, I’m here to help you reach your goals! The Cysterhood will be here for you!

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