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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

  1. Positive Options for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome- Self-Help and Treatment (2004-06)
  2. What to Do When the Doctor Says It's Pcos- (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) (2003)
  3. Living with P.C.O.S.- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (2000)
  4. The Pcos Diet Book- How You Can Use the Nutritional Approach to Deal With PCOS (2002)
  5. PCOS- A Woman's Guide to Dealing with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (2000)
  6. It's My Ovaries, Stupid! (2003)
  7. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome- Fighting Back (2002)
  8. PCOS- The Hidden Epidemic (2000)
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  9. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome- A Guide to Clinical Management (2004-04)
  10. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome by Jeffrey Chang (2002)
  11. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome by Gabor Kovacs (2000)



Positive Options for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Self-Help and Treatment
by Christine Craggs-Hinton, Adam, M.D. Balen

Paperback: 160 pages (June 2004)
Hunter House; ISBN: 0897934377

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What to Do When the Doctor Says It's Pcos: (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)
by Milton Hammerly, Cheryl Kimball, Christine DeZarn

Paperback: 247 pages (March 2003)
Fair Winds Press; ISBN: 1592330045

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Polycystic ovarian syndrome is the number one cause of irregular periods and infertility in women. It affects 10% of women worldwide. PCOS is a condition of overproduction of androgens by the ovaries. In essence, the ovaries produce too much testosterone, causing abnormal hair growth, irregular or absent menstruation/ovulation, acne, and small benign cysts on the ovaries. If left undetected, PCOS can lead to cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. While researchers haven’t determined the cause of PCOS, they know it is linked to insulin resistance, which causes obesity.
That’s where this book comes in. Insulin resistance can be controlled with a low-carb diet fairly easily. What to Do When the Doctor Says It’s PCOS gives sufferers a diet and nutritional treatment program that goes beyond the usual regimen of birth control pills and fertility drugs. It can be used as an alternative and/or adjunct to their current treatments.

Cheryl Kimball is a free-lance writer and editor. She is former Director of Chronimed Publishing, a health book publisher with a focus on diet and diabetes. She is also former Publisher of the trade books division of Heinemann, a Reed International-owned education publisher.

Milton Hammerly, M.D. is a board-certified family practitioner and Medical Director of Complementary and Alternative Medicine for the Catholic Health Initiatives’ Centura Health facilities nationwide. He is author of four books in the Integrative Health Series: Diabetes, Depression, Menopause, and Fibromyalgia. He contribute regularly to professional journals and has taught at the Mind-Body Health Center in Aurora, CO. He lives in Denver, CO.


Reader Review
Help and hope for women with PCOS, July 10, 2003
A reader from NY USA
This book is the first to embrace the interconnectedness of body, mind and spirit for women with PCOS. It offers hope and help and suggests that being diagnosed with PCOS can in many cases be a good thing. PCOS offers a rare opportunity to see the future and change it through lifestyle changes and complementary therapies and medicines if needed. Looking through the window of PCOS this book offers an abundance of hope, knowing that the symptoms of today can be managed and complications of tomorrow, such as diabetes, heart disease, infertility, can be prevented. A solid performer I'd recommend this book to any women with PCOS.


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Living with P.C.O.S.: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
by Angela Best-Boss, Evelina Weidman Sterling, Richard Legro MD

Paperback: 175 pages (December 1, 2000)
Addicus Books; ISBN: 1886039496

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An estimated 10 million American women have PCOS-polycystic ovary syndrome. Most of these women have never heard of the hormonal disorder, but are often painfully aware of its symptoms: irregular menstrual cycles, excess facial and body hair, weight gain, and adult acne. PCOS is also the leading cause of infertility. If left untreated, the condition carries long-term risks for endometrial cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and stroke. This book sheds light on this under-reported, under-diagnosed endocrine disorder. Topics covered include: Causes of PCOS, Overcoming the symptoms, Choosing a physician, Getting a diagnosis, Receiving the best medical treatment, Infertility and getting pregnant, and Coping with the emotional impact of PCOS.


About the Author
Angela Boss is health education director of PCOSA, the international PCOS support group. She is the author of Surviving Your First Year As a Pastor: What Seminary Didn't Teach You and Heart of a Shepherd: Meditations for New Pastors. Evelina Weidman Sterling is a certified health education specialist and consultant to various nonprofit and government agencies in the area of evaluation and health services research. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Richard S. Legro, M.D., is a faculty member in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Penn State University College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Dr. Legro's research and clinical practice are focused on polycystic ovary syndrome-diagnosis, treatment, and genetic/ environmental causes. He has published over seventy-five articles related to PCOS in medical journals and books. He lives in Hershey, Pennsylvania.


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Kristin Rencher, Executive Director, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association
"This book is a tool for gaining information to take charge of PCOS."


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The Pcos Diet Book: How You Can Use the Nutritional Approach to Deal With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
by Colette Harris, Theresa Cheung, Theresa Francis-Cheung, Ann Walker

Paperback: 368 pages (October 2002)
Thorsons Pub; ISBN: 0007131844

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In this book the authors offer 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.


Reader Review
Definite Must Have!, February 14, 2003
A reader from VA United States
I got this book and found I could not put it down because it had so much information that dealt with PCOS. Not only did it
have background information (in the appendix), but it also had diet and vitamin and other natural supplement information and tips. I have started following the basic priciples in this book and already feel better. It made me get motivated to finally
take control of what I was eating! I didn't realize how I was treating my own body with the food I used to eat. The book also has references to other helpful books, websites, and clinics in the back for the UK, US, and even Australia. If you have one book to read on PCOS, I think this is it!


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PCOS: A Woman's Guide to Dealing with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
by Colette Harris, Adam Carey

Paperback: 192 pages (September 1, 2000)
Publisher: Thorsons Pub; ISBN: 0722539754

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Given that polycystic ovary syndrome is still shrouded in much uncertainty, it's a real shame that PCOS: A Woman's Guide to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is not a better book.

Coauthor Colette Harris, a British health magazine writer, was moved to write this book after her own successful battle with PCOS, a genetic hormonal imbalance that produces small ovarian cysts, acne, excess body hair, weight gain, mood swings, and infertility and raises the risk for miscarriage, diabetes, and heart disease. Her briefly told story is inspiring--how one woman surprised her doctor by managing this incurable disease using a combination of a vegan diet, herbs and nutritional supplements, filtered water, and exercise.

Unfortunately, even with the tales of other women dealing with PCOS woven throughout, Harris's insider perspective is not enough to carry the book. For women confused about their seemingly unrelated symptoms, PCOS may provide some comfort in relaying that their collection of symptoms not only has a name but a supportive patient community. Even so, apart from the theoretical discussions of what causes PCOS--the medical community is still debating this issue since not every woman with polycystic ovaries exhibits symptoms or even the same collection of symptoms--there's little here that couldn't be gleaned from dozens of other better-written wellness books. Indeed, 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. Plus, authors Harris and gynecologist-nutritionist Adam Carey are given to straying so far off topic in some sections--note the discussion of why conventional farming practices deplete foods of nutrients--one wonders how (and when) they'll find their way back. In the end, this book just feels like a magazine article that's been stretched far beyond its scope to meet a publisher's page quota. -- Norine Dworkin
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Reader Review
Great book!, October 17, 2000
Reviewer: fyzam from Del Mar, Ca USA
I have had PCOS for over 26 years and this is the first book I have read on the subject, that has given me so much information. PCOS is still not well known, and this book is an important step in educating people about the syndrome. I felt frustrated for many years knowing so little about the subject. I agree with Colette Harris when she states that "knowledge is power".She answers a lot of the frequently asked questions about PCOS and her tone throughout the book is very supportive, especially since she has experienced this first hand. No one as yet has any answers about what causes PCOS, but I think the book presents a good discussion of possible theories. The section on nutrition and lifestyle changes is very informative and provides guidelines for those with PCOS, who do not want to be put on medication as a first resort.The chapter on PCOS symptoms is comforting to read because it makes you realise that your (often embarrassing) symptoms, are due to a medical condition and are not your fault. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in PCOS - not only to those who have it, but also to their families and their doctors.After reading the book I finally feel that I am not alone, and if you have PCOS I think you will understand what I mean by that.


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It's My Ovaries, Stupid!
by Elizabeth Lee Vliet

Hardcover: 464 pages (May 27, 2003)
Publisher: Scribner; ISBN: 0743210565

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This landmark work in women's health identifies and offers solutions to the hormonal dysfunctions afflicting millions of young women, teens, and even children, that rob women of future fertility and contribute to devastating problems -- from early onset puberty and obesity to depression and increased cancer risk.

Women's health is more than breast cancer, pregnancy, and menopause. In this groundbreaking new work, Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet identifies and explains rarely acknowledged, pervasive threats to young women's health and fertility -- PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), POD (Premature Ovarian Decline), and Premature Ovarian Failure (menopause in the young) -- and the overlooked causes of endometriosis, cystitis, early puberty, allergies, heart disease, mood disorders, depression, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, bone loss, anxiety, obesity, and diabetes.

A kind of Silent Spring of women's health, It's My Ovaries, Stupid! presents compelling evidence from worldwide research that common environmental toxins and endocrine disruptors in pesticides, plastic food wrappers, food additives, preservatives, soy supplements, aspartame in diet sodas and junk food, and more -- as well as lifestyle factors such as stress -- can all profoundly disrupt hormone function, even in childhood.

Insidious robbers of quality of life, fertility, and health, hormone dysfunctions are on the rise today, afflicting younger and younger women.

Why? What can you do about it? How can you get tested? What treatments are available? Dr. Vliet interprets the latest scientific research and draws on more than twenty years of clinical experience to answer these and many other crucial questions about common health problems in young women.

Whose job is it to take care of the ovaries...beyond their function in reproduction? Why do you have trouble getting help for "hormone problems" that are clearly linked to your monthly cycle? It's My Ovaries, Stupid! bridges this gap in women's health care and shows you how to understand your symptoms and get reliable tests, how to receive treatment and improve your health, how to wade through the controversies surrounding hormone replacement therapy, and how to explore cutting-edge options for thyroid problems.

You can't afford not to read this book. Your life, your fertility, and your long-term health may depend on it. It's not all in your head, and it's not just stress. It's your ovaries!


Reader Reviews
Highly recommended for all women, January 7, 2004
A reader from Illinois, USA
I'd always suspected birth control pills were triggering my vulvodynia episodes, but numerous gynecologists wouldn't even consider a connection. When I took birth control pills for a third time and had another vulvodynia flare-up -- along with urinary urgency and other symptoms of estrogen deficiency, such as pre-ovulatory and pre-menstrual mood swings -- I knew I that something to do with my hormones. Thank god for Elizabeth Vliet. I read "Screaming To Be Heard" first, which is excellent -- but this book contains most of the same information in a style that is much easier to read. Sure enough, when my hormones were tested, they confirmed everything that Vliet's book said they would base don my symptoms. This book can't take the place of your doctor, but it can help you take control of your medical problems by learning how your body works and what tests to ask for. I'd recommend it for any woman who has unexplained medical problems or is nearing menopause -- actually, any woman, period.


Dr. Vliet has changed my life, December 17, 2003
A reader from Idaho, United States
Dr. Vliet's books (It's My Ovaries, as well as "Screaming to be Heard") have saved my life. I've suffered with daily headaches, including mind-bending migraines for 20 years now. It has cost me money, time, and peace of mind. I've visited nerologists, internists, gynecologists, and anesthesiologists with no relief. I picked up one of Dr. Vliet's books, and the hormone problems I had suspected suddenly became crystal clear. I disagree with the reviewer who suggests that what Dr. Vliet has done is a disservice to women. In fact, she's empowered us to listen to our own bodies to figure out what is wrong. I long suspected hormones to be the cause of my headaches, but was dissuaded from this belief by neurologist after neurologist. After visiting Dr. Vliet's Tucson center, I started a new hormone regulation regime and have felt better than ever before. There is still fine-tuning to be done, but the results are already encouraging. Dr. Vliet believes that the patient is the ultimate source for doctor's to tap into when making their diagnosis. Our bodies are complex systems, and it only makes sense that our sex hormones play a big role in the way our body functions. I recommend this book to any woman who has struggled with unpleasant symptoms and has been unable to discover why. Dr. Vliet does not talk down to the reader, but provides all the scientific evidence to back up her assertions. Thank you, Dr. Vliet!


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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Fighting Back
by Angela Kay Dotson

Paperback: 120 pages (November 2002)
Sparhawk Health Publications; ISBN: 0970502516

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Polycsytic Ovary Syndrome: Fighting Back! is a lifestyle manual written by a patient with the condition. The author wrote the book after being frustrated by the lack of information available in bookstores on the subject. Inspirational and motivational, the book relates to other women facing the physical and emotional effects of the condition. Women who suffer from this condition will find that they are not alone and that there are strategies for coping. Family members of patients with polycystic ovary syndrome will find the book delves into the fears and frustrations of those who suffer from the condition. This is an honest look at one patient's struggles in coming to terms with a lifelong disorder.


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PCOS: The Hidden Epidemic
by Samuel S. Thatcher M.D. Ph.D.

Hardcover: September 2000
Perspectives Press; ISBN: 0944934250

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A note from the publisher, November 13, 2000 ...
Reviewer: ppress13 from Indianapolis, IN USA
As the publisher of this exciting new book, I wanted to share the advance buzz from the experts in the field about Sam Thatcher's PCOS: The Hidden Epidemic...

Dr. Sam Thatcher is a renowned expert in Reproductive Endocrinology. He brings to the field both scientific and clinical expertise. This fine book provides superb explanation, insight, and direction in regards to the polycystic ovary syndrome. In a comprehensive yet easy to read format, Thatcher has provided a text that has all the answers (known at this time) in regards to this complex disease entity - polycystic ovary syndrome. It is a unique contribution.
Alan DeCherney, M.D. Editor Fertility and Sterility. Past president, American Society for Reproductive Medicine

As a woman with PCOS, I spent many years searching for answers to the multitude of problems that plagued me: acne, irregular cycles, excess hair, weight problems and infertility. Over the years, as my symptoms increased I felt increasingly stripped of both my physical health and my femininity. Deep down, I thought that there had to be a connection between all of my seemingly disparate problems but neither I nor my doctors were able to recognize that connection. Thankfully, times are changing, in no small part due to doctors like Samuel Thatcher. Dr. Thatcher was one of the earliest advocates for PCOS awareness. He recognized the connections, realizing that this is a syndrome which crosses medical boundaries, and began treating the whole woman rather than the individual symptoms. His knowledge in the fields of gynecology and endocrinology are only surpassed by his depth of understanding and compassion for the women afflicted with this syndrome. He is a true champion of women with PCOS!
Kristin Hellman Rencher Executive Director, PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome Association, Inc.

Dr. Thatcher provides the reader with understandable and straightforward information about PCOS. This book is a vital and much-needed resource for patients as it empowers them to gain a better understanding of PCOS' life-long issues and take back control back of their lives.
Pamela Madsen Executive Director, The American Infertility Association

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a common and complex endocrine disorder. While much has been learned in recent years regarding its causes and treatments, much remains unanswered. For women diagnosed with PCOS, there has not been a single authoritative source of information written with the patient in mind. Now, Dr. Thatcher has filled that gap. This text 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. I will recommend this book to anyone who has or is interested in learning more about PCOS.
David Ehrmann, M.D. University of Chicago, Center for PCOS

As an INCIID advisory board member and PCOS Forum moderator on the Internet, Samuel Thatcher, M.D., has helped drag this debilitating syndrome out of the closet and enabled thousands of women to find relief from their symptoms. In his book, PCOS: The Hidden Epidemic, Dr. Thatcher takes his distinctive, conversational style, mixed with solid science, and provides the most comprehensive overview of PCOS to date. He gives women the ammunition they need to insist upon appropriate diagnostic testing and the new and successful treatments that can help overcome hormonal disturbances and dramatically improve the quality of their lives.
Theresa Venet Grant President, INCIID


Reader Reviews
Very complete and thorough explanations of PCOS!, November 3, 2000
Reviewer: mollycc (see more about me at Amazon.com) from Colorado, USA
This is the best of the new PCOS books out. After researching PCOS for months using research articles and the Internet, I was thrilled to find this book. It is very complete, with chapters on what PCOS is, (symptoms, possible causes, genetic factors) as well as treatments for PCOS. There are separate chapters on PCOS during adolescence, menopause, and sections dealing with fertility and healthy pregnancies for women with PCOS. There are also sensible chapters on weight managment and body image. Although there are a few chapters which contain an overabundance of medical terms and charts, they are good as a reference source even if a non-medical person doesn't completely understand them! The explanations of the various blood tests and exams that may be conducted are very helpful as well. I highly recommend this book if you are a woman suffering from PCOS.


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BoMi-Content: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), or Stein-Leventhal syndrome (Stein Levanthal Syndrome), includes symptoms such as infertility, weight gain, chronic fatigue, acne, excess body hair, and irregular periods... The Insulin-Resistance Diet : How to Turn Off Your Body's Fat-Making Machine by Cheryle R. Hart M.D., Mary Kay Grossman... What to Do When the Doctor Says It's Pcos: (Policystic Ovarian Syndrome) by Milton Hammerly... PCOS: A Woman's Guide to Dealing with Polycistic Ovary Syndrom by Colette Harris, Adam Carey... Androgen Disorders in Women: The Most Neglected Hormone Problem by Theresa Cheung, James W. Douglas... Living with P.C.O.S.: Polycystic Ovari Syndrome by Angela Best-Boss... Polycystic Ovaryan Syndrome: Fighting Back by Angela Kay Dotson... PCOS: A Woman's Guide to Dealing with Policistic Ovary Syndrome by Colette Harris, Adam Carey... Women, Weight and Hormones by Elizabeth Lee Vliet MD... What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause... What is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome? Treatment Options, latest report...