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Additional PCOS Resources


What is PCOS? Nutrition Labels and Food Shopping
Oral Glucose Tolerance Test PCOS-Friendly Food Suggestions
My Period Trackers Healthy PCOS Snack Attack
PCOS and The Pill Sample PCOS-Friendly Menus
PCOS, Insulin, and Metformin PCOS-Friendly Recipes
Spironolactone and PCOS PCOS Meal Assessment Worksheet
My Medication List PCOS Fitness Plan Worksheets
PCOS Nutrition Guide current guideAdditional PCOS Resources
Top 10 PCOS Tips  
The Nutrition Facts Label and PCOS  




For Parents

Understanding Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) in Teens: A Guide for Parents and Guardians


Additional Resources


The Center for Young Women's Health

Chats are held monthly for teen girls with PCOS. The chats are moderated by an MD, nurse, and nutritionist. Check the schedule and register to participate in a free online chat with other girls with PCOS.


This website offers basic information about health conditions affecting girls. The PCOS information is written for girls and younger adolescents.


The Nemours Foundation: Teens Health

This website offers information about many health concerns for teens. The PCOS information is written for adolescents, and explains the condition, tests, and treatments in easy–to–understand language.


The Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Association

The PCOSA is a nonprofit organization run by women with PCOS. The website
offers general information about PCOS, a newsletter: "PCOSA Today", and details
some of the organization’s activities. There is also a discussion forum with a section
specifically for teens with PCOS.





Best-Boss, Angela; Weidman, Evelina Sterling; and Richard Legro. Living with PCOS: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Addicus Books, 2000.

This book has easy to read information about PCOS. It is informative and not too heavy with medical terms.


Bussell, Gaynor. Managing PCOS For Dummies. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2007.
Packed with realistic advice from a nutritionist, this book takes the reader through everything from picking which treatments to try—and which to avoid—and finding resources and support to help you stay positive and maintain your focus.


Dotson, Angela Kay. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Fighting Back! Sparhawk Health Publications, 2002.

Described as a "lifestyle manual", this book offers a fresh perspective on self–help techniques and positive lifestyle changes for young adults and women with PCOS.


Grassi, Angela MS, RD, LDN and Stephanie B. Mattei, Psy.D. The PCOS Workbook: Your Guide to Complete Physical and Emotional Health. Luca Publishing, 2009.
The PCOS Workbook is a guide that includes step–by–step guidelines, questionnaires, and exercises that will help you learn skills and empower you to make positive changes in your life that might not get rid of PCOS, but will help you live with it.


Hammerly, Milton and Cheryl Kimball. What to Do When the Doctor Says It's PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). Fair Winds Press, 2003.

In this book, Hammerly and Kimball include stories of women’s experiences with PCOS, along with standard medical information.


Thatcher, Samuel. PCOS: The Hidden Epidemic. Perspectives Press, 2000.

The Hidden Epidemic is a resource for young adults and women wanting to learn more about the medical side of PCOS.




Written and reviewed by the CYWH Staff at Boston Children's Hospital


Updated: 11/28/2011

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