PCOS and the Asian experience
I found out I had PCOS in my mid twenties. Because I am Asian, a lot of the common physical characteristics of PCOS such as being overweight, excessive facial, and body hair did not apply to me so I had no idea I had it as a teen and no interest in learning more about what was wrong with my body. No monthly periods and grossness? score!!
But it wasn’t as simple as that. Just because I didn’t have physical periods didn’t mean that I was free from the mood swings during my cycle. I had to learn a lot of things the hard way to keep my PCOS under control and I wish I was better prepared for this when I was younger.
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Some simple and natural ways that have helped me induce my periods are:
#1: avoid eating cold or icy things during the week before your period. This is very important. Asian grandmas always tell you not to eat things that are too cold. I don’t do this all the time but I’m generally good at following this rule before and during my period.
#2 is to invest in a heating pad and use it to keep your belly warm. :)
#3 is to eat a lot of stew and bone broth in the week before your period.
#4 take Myo-Inositol supplements to increase fertility.
#5: Chinese Lamb stew is so yummy and very effective in warming your chi!