PCOS Symposium Recap


I attended the free PCOS Symposium in Atlanta, GA this past Saturday. This particular event was put on by PCOS Challenge. The specialists that were presenting were very knowledgable about PCOS and how it affects our physiology, mental and emotional state, and our relationships with both people and food. The event kicked off with Sasha Ottey presenting a portion of her story with PCOS and how she (as many of us have been told) needs to take some birth control pills and lose weight and she’ll be fixed. This, unfortunately, is not the answer to this syndrome.

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Through Google Hangout, Gretchen Kubocky, Psy.D. gave some insight into the mind of what many PCOSers and those dealing with infertility are struggling with. She informed us that women with PCOS have a propensity toward depression, anxiety, and suicide. She did, however, balance this information with steps that can be taken to help alleviate many of these issues. Self- care. Self- care is extremely important because you have to be able to do what is necessary to lead yourself toward more positivity. Some of the things she suggested were doing things that made you feel better about yourself; whether that mean diet and exercise, wearing things that make you feel attractive, or seeking professional counseling if necessary.

Rachel Brandeis, R.D. gave a lot of information regarding diet and nutrition specific to the PCOS population. She gave a well rounded presentation of the plan of attack for managing PCOS. She calls it the ‘3 Stool Approach.’ Like a 3 legged stool, if one method is missing, it will break down. The methods (nutrition, medical management, and exercise) all work in conjunction with one another. She also gave many helpful tips as to what out daily consumption of food should be to manage our condition.

Last but certainly not least was Dr. Mark Perloe from Georgia Reproductive Specialists in Atlanta, GA. He explained the importance of lifestyle with regards to the development of PCOS. So, in order to have the best chances at conception, it’s a good idea to begin to diet, exercise, and take any prescribed medications consistently in order to set the foundation for a healthy pregnancy.

Overall, the symposium put on by PCOS Challenge was very well rounded. They gave information pertaining to diet and nutrition, exercise, fertility, mental health, and self-care. It ended with an extensive question and answer session. There were tons of questions asked by some newly diagnosed PCOSers. I thought this was pretty awesome because it gave them some powerful tools to attack their diagnosis with from the very beginning.

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There is ALWAYS time for a selfie. =)


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FREE: PCOS Symposium in Atlanta









A PCOS Awareness Month Symposium

Saturday, September 28th, 2013 | 2:00 – 5:00 PM EDT

The Cathedral of St. Philip (Child Hall), 2744 Peachtree Road, NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30305

Admission: FREE



I told you guys about this in a recent post. I just wanted to send out a little reminder. If you are live in or near Atlanta, GA and you are curious about PCOS, this is an event you don’t want to miss. Besides, it’s free.

FREE PCOS Symposium 2013 in Atlanta, GA

FREE PCOS Symposium 2013 in Atlanta, GA

If you live near or in Atlanta and want to know more about PCOS, here’s your opportunity! This free symposium will cover topics like health and wellness, support, and fertility. The best part is, it is FREE FREE FREE. I will most definitely be attending this. I hope to see some you there!

A PCOS Awareness Month Symposium
Saturday, September 28th, 2013 | 2:00 – 5:00 PM EDT
The Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30305

Admission: FREE
To register click here (Space is Limited)