PCOS is a complex and often misunderstood condition with no cure but YOU can change this. How? Become an expert in a field concerning PCOS. Chances are when you were diagnosed with PCOS, you probably weren’t told much about it. Why? PCOS is so complex, the medical community hasn’t found much information about it. While we (cysters) wait for a research breakthrough, doctors often prescribed a form of hormonal birth control or metformin to manage symptoms; but as we all know, the side effects are horrendous and for some ineffective. This is where you can help. PCOS treatments doesn’t have to be limited or have horrible side effects.
Why not shoot for the stars and create treatments to fix the cause of PCOS or at least treat PCOS symptoms with minimal to no side effects? Don’t waste your time to think of excuses instead focus on how you can help the PCOS community. What are somethings you wish were available when you were first diagnosed with PCOS or what are some helpful things you wish you had now or known earlier on your PCOS journey? Write it down even if you don’t think it’s not feasible (most likely it is and another cyster wishes the same).
Do you wish there was a local support group or special hair products, podcast, magazine, charity or maybe you wish there was a fellow cyster to give you the 411 on what it’s like to have PCOS? Whatever your ideas are remember they are important. Chances are you have good ideas but haven’t made them a reality because of the excuses you tell yourself. Well, guess what? I know you want to make your ideas a reality to help the PCOS community. After all, you are reading a post about how you can help the PCOS community.
So I’ll share with you 2 rules to help make your good ideas a reality:
Rule 1: Get started! It doesn’t matter where you start—just do something to get you closer to making your ideas a reality. Write. Read. Do research. Talk to someone about how to start your project. Create a plan. Do anything related to your idea (baby steps count too).
Rule 2: Make a commitment. Be serious about your goals. Whatever you choose to do to help the PCOS community, there will always be challenges, roadblocks, and times when you will want to quit but if you are committed to accomplishing your goals, nothing will stop you.
Bonus Tip: It won’t be easy to achieve your goals but the trick is to never give up. Keep going. Start over. Create a new strategy. Take a break. But don’t ever give up!
To help you get started with rule number 1, I highly recommend checking out “How to Become Great at Just About Anything” by Stephen Dubner (host of Freakonomics Radio). This inspiring and informative podcast episode (which includes a transcript) is about what title says it will be about—how to become great at just about anything.
8 Great Careers to Pursue to Help The PCOS Community:
If you are unsure about what you can do to help the PCOS community, I’ve listed below 8 careers to consider.
One of the best ways to help a fellow cyster is to become a hormone specialist or endocrinologist. You can’t treat PCOS if you don’t understand hormones, right? So don’t settle to be any doctor—become a hormone expert. Choose to have an in-depth knowledge of the endocrine system because PCOS is a hormonal imbalance.
With in-depth knowledge of the endocrine system, you can treat PCOS and at risk conditions of PCOS such as type two diabetes and hypertension.
- Obstetrician/Gynecologist (OB/GYN)
Unfortunately, PCOS is the most common cause of infertility. Fortunately, you can become an OB/GYN (a female reproductive system specialists) and even take a step further and specialize in reproductive endocrinology (an infertility specialist) to treat infertility.
- Writer, Blogger, Journalist, or Vlogger
Have you done a lot research about PCOS and find it frustrating when you hear or read a cyster give well intended inaccurate advice? Writing or creating videos is probably for you. There’s a lot of misconceptions about PCOS and the best way to change this is for you share your knowledge with us (the PCOS community).
- Nutritionists or Registered Dietician (RD)
There’s so much confusion about what a cyster should eat. Should we consider animal welfare and the environmental impact when choosing a healthy diet? Should we ditch gluten and carbs? Is Paleo the best diet for us? As a nutritionist or RD, you can clear up the confusion, educate your fellow cysters about healthy eating, and tailor diets to each cysters individual needs.
- Psychologist or Therapist
In addition to physical stress of PCOS, PCOS is also emotionally taxing. Cysters often deal with anxiety, depression, and stressful lives. As a psychologist or therapist, you’ll be able to guide cysters through their emotional turmoil and be an empathic ear.
- Naturopathic Doctor, Homeopathic Doctor, Herbalist, or Another Alternative Practitioner
Western medicine isn’t perfect and trying to find the best treatments or cure for PCOS using only western medicine methods isn’t the best approach. Instead, I believe learning about various medicinal practices can help the PCOS community because the best PCOS treatments could be in a field western practitioners don’t study such as herbs and acupuncture. So I encourage you to become an alternative practitioner to diversify the PCOS treatment options.
- Fitness Instructor
Becoming a fitness instructor is a great way to help cysters get in shape and relieve stress.
- Medical Researcher
Becoming a medical researcher is a great way to discover a cure for PCOS and to discover how treatments such as herbs, supplements, foods, and exercises affect PCOS.
Before you go, I have one last important tip to share with you—Don’t Settle! You’re Capable of Much More Than You Think.
Some of you may be thinking, “I rather become a health or wellness coach because I can give nutrition and health advice as well as work alongside doctors in a shorter amount of time than becoming a registered dietician or endocrinologist.”
I understand a health coach career sounds enticing but there are a few problems with this career path:
- Health coaches are not recognized as credible nutritionists or assistants to doctors by hospitals, medical journals, universities, the center for disease control or any reputable health science organization because health coaches are untrained and unqualified to give nutrition or health advice to treat patients.
- Health coaches give nutrition or health advice based off of information made known from individuals whom took the arduous long path of earning a PhD or MD—not health coaches since they are not qualified to perform studies or be publish in a medical journal.
- Earning a health coach certificate isn’t equivalent to a BS in nutrition nor a MD.
- Health coaches have to use an unregulated title (nutritionist) because they are unqualified to use any regulated titles.
- One of the roles of a health coach is to assist a doctor in patient care, however, this role is already filled by nurses, physician assistants, medical assistants, and phlebotomy technicians.
- Another health coach role is to give nutrition advice, however, this role is already filled by registered dieticians or anyone with a AS in nutrition or higher. Even if health coaches wanted to assists dieticians, that role is filled by dietetic technicians.
Did you notice a trend? If you haven’t already, I’ll tell you. Health coaches provide services that are already being satisfied by qualified health professionals—there is no need for a health coach in the medical field.
In order to be the best or an expert, you have to work hard—there are no shortcuts! Sadly, I often see women online wanting to genuinely help women with PCOS but not having the right credentials or not putting in the time to be an expert. If you truly want to help a cyster, give your 100% effort and jump through all the necessary hoops to do so.
There’s a reason health coaches based their health and nutrition advice from individuals whom earned their PhD, RD, MD, etc. and not their fellow health coaches. If you haven’t figured it out by now, it’s because you need to earn these credentials to have the knowledge to give health and nutrition advice.
When you attend a health coach school, you’ll learn from people whom took the time to get their PhD, RD, and MD. How do I know this? I went to an online nutrition school to become a health coach. These qualified professionals gave speeches about their research but these speeches could not prepare anyone to give health advice. The speeches were like TED Talks but intended to magically turn someone into an expert nutritionist or scientist after watching them for about a year. If you have ever watch a TED Talk, you know there’s no way you can become the experts they invite to speak no matter how many videos you watch.
Sarah Wilson, a graduate of Integrative Nutrition (IIN—the world’s largest nutrition school), agrees even the best health coach school doesn’t prepare anyone to become a nutritionist.
in no way does the course qualify anyone to become a nutritionist.
Yes, you study nutritional theories, but certainly not in the same way you would if completing a university nutrition degree. Some have found the fact that IIN describes itself as a “nutrition school” misleading. I can see their point when the common understanding of a nutrition school is sometimes understood to entail a three-year university degree. That said, the course materials very clearly delineate their teachings and outcomes from such degrees and students are certainly not misguided.
i don’t recommend iin as a first or only tertiary course.
I probably stand a little apart when I say this: The IIN course is best for those who are either interested from a personal education perspective (as I was) or want to supplement another degree or career path. I don’t recommend it to 18-year-olds fresh out of school wanting to launch a career.
However, many IIN graduates disagree and believe they are nutritionists. They even have the nerve to charge people for their nutrition and health advice.
Bottom line: Learning and earning credentials in the health science field is competitive and rigorous for a reason. If you want to give health advice or become an expert in a health science field, becoming a health coach won’t help you get there. So don’t settle! You’re capable of much more than you think. I attended an online health coach school because I wanted to give nutrition advice because I believed I wasn’t smart enough to earned a RD. After attending an online health coach school for a month, I realized there was no way I would be able to help my fellow cysters as a health coach. I left the health coach school and waited a few years to gain the courage to switch my major to nutrition to finally pursue what I truly desired to be—a registered dietician. After I completed my first semester as a nutrition major, I learned I underestimated myself and I’m 100% capable of becoming a RD.
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