How To Help Your Daughter With PCOS


Don’t Believe Everything You Read On The Internet

It can be very scary when you first learn that your daughter, your baby girl, has a medical condition. Your first instinct may be to learn everything that you can about PCOS, but spending too much time researching up about it can be overwhelming and very anxiety producing ­-for both of you. Not to mention, not all information about PCOS is trustworthy.

To learn more about PCOS, start with reliable organizations and those run by professionals with medical or trustworthy credentials. If you come to a website with information about PCOS, look to see who the author is. Is it written by a health professional who has reliable credentials and a medical background? If not, be skeptical about the information provided and what their objective is. For instance, are they trying to sell you a product or plan?

Every woman is different. Keep in mind what works for one women with PCOS, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to work for your daughter.

When questions arise, don’t be shy about asking your health care provider. After all, you want what’s best for your daughter and don’t want to harm her.

Don’t Become The Food Police

Sure, a healthy diet is important for managing the symptoms of PCOS and preventing long-term complications. Don’t start immediately imposing a new set of diet rules and watching or counting every bite of food she puts in her mouth.

This will most likely backfire and make her feel bad about herself, causing her to sneak food or to eat in secret.

Chances are, if your daughter is young, she’s more concerned about treating the current symptoms of PCOS, like her acne or hair growth and not about future consequences like developing type 2 diabetes.

She’s also probably concerned about her weight.

Instead of monitoring what she eats, ask her how you can best support her with her food selections. Does she want to go grocery shopping with you or would it be better to make a list together? Ask her permission to keep sweets and tempting foods out of the house before doing so.

Be sure to provide a variety of appealing and healthy foods your daughter would eat, not what you think she should eat. If possible, keep food items out in the open like a fruit bowl on the table, where it will get noticed more. Lifestyle changes work best if the entire family adopts them, not just singling out your daughter who has PCOS.

As a parent, your job is to provide the food your child eats. It’s up to your child whether she wants to eat it and how much of it. If you are able to eat meals with your child, prepare a healthy, well-balanced dinner that the whole family can enjoy. Avoid making comments about what she should or shouldn’t eat, especially in front of others.

Don’t Treat It On Your Own

PCOS is a very complex condition which is why it is so easily overlooked by the medical profession. If you want to learn more about PCOS and find the best treatments, seek professional help from a qualified professional.

For instance, if you and your daughter are getting into power struggles over food or you are worried about your daughter’s weight, consider working with a registered dietitian nutritionist with experience in treating PCOS. Likewise, if your daughter seems depressed or anxious or is having other mood changes, don’t be afraid seek advice from a mental health professional. That’s what they’re there for and they want to help you.