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Do I really need to give up wine, coffee and running?

Do I really need to give up wine, coffee and running?

Dear ladies, I have just joined verity and I would love to hear your thoughts. I am 32 (in a few weeks), with PCOS. I am lucky enough to not suffer too badly from symptoms. I am not overweight and I go running for an hour 3 times a week. I have not had a period for over a year and a half. I took microgynon 30 (combined pill) on and off for 12 years and have not had a bleed since I came off it April last year (2015). I want to have children in the next 5 years or so. The doctor says I should run less? Really?? I drink quite a lot of wine (like a couple of glasses a day or sometimes nothing in the week but more at the weekend) and drink one coffee every morning. Apart from that I eat very healthily and have quit smoking. Does anyone have any tips as to how I can get my period back?? It really concerns me since I want to know I am able to conceive when I want to. Is it really essential to go Tee total and totally caffeine free? I love my wine and morning coffee so SO much and would be quite miserable to have to give up these things up. It would be very hard also because all my friends,family,partner etc like a drink and its very much part of my culture (I was raised in France- Wine=Religion!). Your thoughts would be so much appreciated. Feel so lost and doctors seem to be very black and white about these things saying "when you want to conceive, you just take this drug and you will most likely ovulate". Hmmmm.

Looking forward to hearing back from you,

Thank you,


3 Replies


Try taking insotol, it is meant to help you ovulate. Some people find that it regulates their period as well.

If you go to pcosdietsupport.com. It's a really useful website which explains what PCOS is and how you can improve whatever symptoms you have.

I have been on the diet and taking supplements for a few months now and am starting to see some improvement in a few of my symptoms.

Good Luck!



What a strange suggestion from your GP - running is fine in my opinion. I exercised up until a month before I gave birth (quite gentle towards the end). Running/exercise is a great stress reliever.

I would still to low GI diet generally, problem with wine is it is high in sugar which is probably not great from a pcos point of view.

Make sure you have 4 periods a year to keep your uterus healthy. Dont focus too much on your periods though as a period actually doesnt mean you are ovulating and you can ovulate without a period too so dont get too fixated on them but do make sure you have the 4 a year.


Hello Olivia. I stop the tablets about three years ago because I had a thrombosis. My menstruation didn't come back until one year after, when I started to use homeopathy. Now, I don't have the menstruation every four weeks, but I can't complain, it comes often. I've got a little of hair, not many, on my chin and I go for electrolysis every three or four weeks. I drink coffee, I love it. I don't run like you, but I'm going for a walk for one hour quite often. I don't think you have to give up your coffee, your wine (you are not drinking a lot) and your running. Everything in moderation is good. Well done if you don't smoke. For me, the homeopathy worked, and it's a natural remedy.


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