PCOS, PMS and Feeling Like a Woman Again (Podcast 61)

“If you’d rather mop the floor than have sex, that’s a problem” is one of my favorite quotes from Harvard-trained M.D. Sarah Gottfried.

PCOS, PMS problems, Amenorrhea and other female hormone problems are way too common in our western society. A shocking statistic I recently saw was 10.9% of US women are infertile and it’s likely the true number is even higher.

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Our bodies are built for it, our brains are wired for it, and our hormones beg us to partake. And anything that disrupts this natural order will create chronic health problems.

As a man I can never fully appreciate the female cycle of hormones. But I can observe those around me and notice the glowing skin, radiating feminine energy and confidence of those whose hormones are working for them. I can also observe those struggling with imbalances and how it wrecks libido, skin, mood, energy, body image and balance in their lives.

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Of course the tricky part is that almost every manifestation of female hormone issues is completely unique. Your symptoms, your rhythms and their manifestations are completely unique to you.

That’s why I knew I needed to get Stefani Ruper on the podcast. I wanted to learn what her struggles with PCOS felt like, what she’s done to overcome it, and to introduce you to the wonderful resource that is paleoforwomen.com.

And men if you’re still reading, let me tell you this podcast and helping your woman become balanced hormonally could be one of the best moves you’ll ever make.

On This Podcast with Stefani Ruper, We Cover:

5:51 Femininity and the deep understanding of women’s health needs
11:01 Why adrenal and thyroid health are so important for fertility
14:12 Stephani tells me what it feels like to have female hormone dysregulation
18:56 The common cultural mistakes women make that contribute to PCOS
27:59 How lifestyle choices and mindset destroy female hormone health
33:18 What it feels like to exercise too much (and more warning signs)
36:52 Common and Uncommon signs of PCOS and PMS
45:09 If you suspect PCOS, you need this…


Thanks for listening to this week’s podcast.

If you or anyone you know is struggling with PCOS, I highly recommend you invest in a copy of Stefani’s PCOS Unlocked manual (not an affiliate link).

Sometimes it really is your hormones, not you, and fixing them will make your whole life better. If you’d like to get tested to find out what your rhythms are like, sign up here.


P.S. – Have you struggled with female hormone issues? Let us know what it felt like below.

P.P.S. – If you can’t see the audio player below, download the MP3 here. Also, make sure you subscribe on iTunes and leave a review – thanks!

Steven Wright

About Steven Wright

Steve Wright is a health engineer and author. In 2009, he reached a breaking point when IBS took over his life and the doctors didn't know how to help. Since then, he has transformed his health and started HealthyGut.com to help others naturally heal stomach problems. You can check out his story here and find him on Google+, Facebook or Twitter.

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4 thoughts on “PCOS, PMS and Feeling Like a Woman Again (Podcast 61)

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    Peggy Hafenberg says:

    I habe been on the SCD protocol for 6 weeks now. I am 5.6ft tall and weigh 117lbs. Have been diagnosed with ulcerations in the duodenum and inflammation of the ilium. Bloating and poking in my belly are decreased significantly after starting SCD. On the flip side though, I now struggle with not being able to sleep well and have lost my regular menstruation. I was always on time and usually sleep very well. I have been reading that this means my body may not be adapting to the SCD lifestyle. It seems like many other women struggle with this. I would love to know if anyone else who has had this problem has been able to stay on SCD. My research tells me that my body may be producing too much cortisol because it is in fight or flight modus because of too little carbs. And this may be stessing my body more than helping it even though my tummy seems to enjoy it for the moment. Not sure what to do next!

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      Hi Peggy – thanks so much for reaching out to us 🙂

      We’re really glad to hear SCD is helping your digestive symptoms, but we’re really glad you’ve noticed it may be impacting your sleep and your hormonal systems. Just because it is does not mean you need to give up on SCD – it just might mean you need to make some tweaks.

      First – you definitely need to eat enough! Especially before bed, eating is important. A shake before bed or a snack with carbs and fat might help you sleep better. I love a cup of tea with honey and full-fat coconut milk before bed. This helps me sleep soundly because I’m not hungry!

      There is also some great info in this article about how many calories and grams of carbs you should be eating in this article: https://healthygut.com/2014/07/reasons-adrenal-program-isnt-working/ – it is probably more than you expect!!

      If you have more questions don’t hesitate to email us at support@scdlifestyle.com

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    Sorry, I don’t participate in iTunes or Facebook for privacy issues. Thank you for the awesome podcast! I’ll add Stephanie’s book and the 28 day saliva test to the things I’d totally buy if I had the money.

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