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Books for Adults-Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

  • Living with PCOS: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome by Angela Boss, Evelina Weidman Sterling and Richard S. Legro, MD, written by PCOS sufferers, is laudable for its easy-to-understand descriptions of the disorder, its symptoms, medical diagnosis, and treatments (including alternative methods) as well as the emotional impact.  There's also a separate chapter on infertility and important references to national organizations like Resolve.
  • Women and Unwanted Hair by Sarah M. Rosenthal, PhD tackles one of the most embarrassing beauty problem faced by millions of women worldwide.  Learn why unwanted hair grows, from your brows to your toes, and the best ways to treat and/or remove it. This book gives you detailed information on all hair removal methods, with chapters devoted to electrolysis (the only permanent solution), laser treatment and pubic hair removal.
  • PCOS and Your Fertility by Colette Harris with Theresa Cheung specifically addresses PCOS-related fertility issues such as trying to conceive, wondering about your chances of having a child in the future or wondering what on earth to do next.
  • The PCOS Diet Book by Colette Harris with Theresa Cheung offers a practical lifeline to sufferers with advice on diets for: boosting fertility, preventing diabetes, and heart disease, breaking out of the cycle of emotional eating and nutritional supplements and herbal remedies.
  • PCOS: A Woman's Guide to Dealing with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome by PCOS sufferer Colette Harris and Adam Carey, her gynocologist, is the story of Harris's battle with the disease and the way she successfully deals with PCOS by following a four-point management plan.   For women confused about their seemingly unrelated symptoms, this book may provide some comfort in relaying that their collection of symptoms not only has a name but a supportive patient community, but most of Harris's recommendations for managing PCOS are so general--eat a healthy diet, manage your weight, try homeopathy, exercise, reduce stress--they could be (and in many cases are) the foundation for any number of wellness programs.  Harris is British and PCOS has a English bias (kg instead of lbs and important American organizations are overlooked)
  • What To Do When the Doctor Says It's PCOS by Milton Hammerly, MD and Cheryl Kimball gives sufferers a diet and nutritional treatment program that goes beyond the usual regimen of birth control pills and fertility drugs.
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: Fighting Back! by Angela Kay Dotson is a lifestyle manual written by a patient with PCOS after she became frustrated with the lack of literature on the subject.  This is an honest look at one patient's struggles in coming to terms with a lifelong disorder.
  • PCOS: The Hidden Epidemic by renowned expert in reproductive endocrinology Dr. Samuel S. Thatcher, is a comprehensive look at PCOS.  Written with the patient in mind, this book is an informative, readable, and useful source of information for patients and their families. Dr. Thatcher conveys his expertise in this area to those who need it most.
  • Positive Options for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): Self-Help and Treatment by Christine Craggs-Hinton and Adam Balen, MD is a guide to PCOS written for the layperson.  This book puts it all together in an accessible format: individual health issues, getting a diagnosis, plus traditional and alternative treatments that have worked for others.
  • Healing Syndrome O: A Strategic Guide to Fertility, Polycystic Ovaries, and Insulin Imbalance by leading reproductive specialist Dr. Ronald Feinberg provides a new way of looking at PCOS, based in medical science.  Healing Syndrom O links PCOS to bodywide metabolic irregularities, insulin resistance, nutrition, activity, and stress-a combination of health issues that collectively make up what he has termed "Syndrome O."
  • PCOSThe Ultimate PCOS Handbook: Lose Weight, Boost Fertility, Clear Skin and Restore Self-Esteem, written by PCOS authorities and sufferers Colette Harris and Theresa Cheung, teaches readers to take control of their bodies and beat naturally, the often embarrassing symptoms of this syndrome, including weight gain, acne, excess body hair, mood swings, depression, and exhaustion.
  • The PCOS Workbook: Your Guide to Complete Physical and Emotional Health by Angela Grassi and Stephanie Mattei is a practical and comprehensive guide that helps you understand not just the physiology of PCOS, but what can be done about it.  Step-by-step guidelines, questionnaires and exercises help the reader learn skills and empower them to make positive changes in their lives. 
  • A Patient's Guide to PCOS: Understanding--and Reversing--Polycystic Ovary Syndrome by Walter Futterweit This 2006 paperback was written by the chief of the Endocrine Clinic and Clinical Professor of Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. It is up to date and contains good, if fairly general, information. This is a good place to start.
  • The Insulin-Resistance Diet by Cheryle Hart and Mary Kay Grossman. This book, revised in 2007, was written by a medical doctor trained at the Mayo clinic and a Registered Dietician. It is affordable and sensible and avoids the extremes of many diet books.
  • The Savvy Woman's Guide to PCOS: The Many Faces Of A 21st Century Epidemic... And What You Can Do About It by Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet. This up-to-date look at PCOS (published in 2006) is thorough without being condescending. The book is easy to read.
  • For alternative/complimentary treatments of PCOS, I would recommend either of these books by Dr. Alice Domar: Conquering Infertility: Dr. Alice Domar's Mind/Body Guide to Enhancing Fertility and Coping with Infertility and Healing Mind, Healthy Woman: Using the Mind-Body Connection to Manage Stress and Take Control of Your Life. Although not specific to PCOS, much of her advice and treatment suggestions are applicable, and I like her holistic and practical approach. I interviewed her on the Jan. 16, 2008 Creating a Family show and we discussed treatments for PCOS.
  • Living with P.C.O.S. by Richard Legro, Angela Boss, and Evelina Sterling This book was published in 2001, so it is a little dated, but it is a valuable starting place in your search for information. It is user-friendly even for those who hate medical jargon, and besides, I love all books by Evelina Sterling. This one would not be the first book I’d buy because of the publication date, but it’s a very good overview. Personally, I'd try to get it from interlibrary loan rather than buying it.
  • PCOS: The Hidden Epidemic by Dr. Samuel Thatcher This is only available in hardback, but is not too pricey. It was published in 2000, so it's a little dated. I still like Dr. Thatcher's thorough approach and think it is a valuable addition to your education. You might consider trying to get this one from interlibrary loan from your public library and then decide whether to buy.
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