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By Alex Allan on 19/08/23 | Top tips

Lean PCOS and Its Unique Challenges

While PCOS is often associated with weight gain, lean PCOS presents its own set of challenges, marked by hormonal imbalances and symptoms that may not be immediately obvious. PCOS typically conjures an image of weight gain and hormonal imbalances, but lean PCOS challenges this stereotype. In lean PCOS, individuals may have a relatively normal body mass index (BMI) but still experience the hallmark symptoms of the condition. It's a lesser-understood variation that requires special attention and awareness.

Signs of Lean PCOS

The subtlety of lean PCOS symptoms emphasizes the importance of recognising and addressing this unique presentation of the condition. Here are some symptoms that lean PCOS may be a factor in your experience:

  • Hormonal Imbalances: Irregular periods, elevated androgen levels, and other hormonal disruptions may be present, even in the absence of significant weight gain.
  • Ovulatory Challenges: Difficulty in ovulation and fertility concerns may be prevalent, impacting reproductive health.
  • Insulin Resistance: Lean individuals with PCOS can still experience insulin resistance, contributing to metabolic challenges.
  • Skin Concerns: Acne, oily skin, and other skin issues may manifest, indicating underlying hormonal imbalances.

Exploring the intricacies of lean PCOS involves understanding how hormonal imbalances and metabolic factors contribute to its unique challenges:

  • Androgen Overload: Elevated androgen levels can disrupt ovulation, lead to acne, and impact fertility, even in individuals with a lean body type.
  • Insulin Resistance: Insulin resistance, often associated with weight gain, can still be present and contribute to hormonal disruptions in lean PCOS.
  • Ovulation Disruptions: Lean PCOS can lead to anovulatory cycles, affecting menstrual regularity and fertility.
  • Metabolic Quirks: Lean individuals with PCOS may have distinct metabolic profiles, emphasizing the importance of tailored interventions.

Managing Lean PCOS

Recognizing lean PCOS helps those of us with it to adopt a specialised approach to management, focussing on hormonal balance and overall wellbeing. 

If you’d like to find out more about how you can manage lean PCOS through diet and lifestyle, why not book a free call with our team – just click here to book.

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