ANOTHER PCOS book?! Yuuup.
And I don’t think that’s a bad thing. For one thing, PCOS is very common. In fact it’s one of, if not the, most common hormonal issue in women of childbearing age, so I think it’s a good thing to discuss.
Not only that, but in general a lot of the advice that is given to those with PCOS can be really good for hormones in general, assuming you are using more natural/holistic methods.
Which is why, here I am, another PCOS book and review in hand. I got an email a few months back asking if I wanted to review an advanced copy of 8 Steps to Reverse your PCOS by Dr. Fiona McCulloch, which just came out for the general public. Because of my feelings on PCOS and my knowledge of the author, I accepted and here we are. So let me tell you about things I loved and was “meh” about in this book, and whether I recommend it.
What’s included in the book
- The definition of PCOS (which can be really important considering different doctors can diagnose it differently)
- The “8 steps” and what to do about each of them. 8 steps sounds deceptive here. Simple. In fact, 8 steps is more like 8 areas of health to address that could be underlying your PCOS symptoms. There is a quiz at the beginning of the book that will help you identify the areas you need to focus on.
- Appendices including fertility, menopause, obesity/diabetes/cardiovasular disease, recommended diets and recipes, and resources.
Overall, this book is THOROUGH.
Things I loved
I love that are different sections to the book each focusing on one aspect of health that can cause PCOS symptoms. Of course, some of them can be interlinked, but I love that it comes from a place of being very holistic and getting to the root of the issue. This is so important because to truely fix any issue you have to find what is actually causing it and not just treat the symptoms.
I also loved that there is a quiz helping you identify what your root issues are before even starting in on how to fix them, so you can really tailor the book to your own needs.
Like I mentioned above, the amount of info in this book is great and I really think that’s good for something like PCOS where there may be people who have tried natural remedies and just felt like it wasn’t working for them (because perhaps they had a different cause of their PCOS than most people).
And a few things could be improved upon
The main issue I noticed was that since the book already has SO much information in it, listing out the natural treatments for certain issues had to be relatively short. Some of them I thought could have used a little more in depth info about, for example, how to actually use that specific remedy.
In addition, I think that the book might be a BIT harder to read for someone who has absolutely no prior info about hormonal health and how their hormones work or interact, because it can get a bit technical. I don’t think that makes the book not worth it, but it’s not quite as simple for the lay-person to understand.
I would recommend this book totally, especially for someone who has been struggling and can’t figure out why things are have tried so far aren’t working for them or only seem to be helping a little bit. I think because this book has so much info and you can really tailor it to your own situation you can get so much out of it.
I also think it’s a good book for those interested in better hormonal health in general, and not necessarily just for those with PCOS, though I do think it’s most helpful for those with PCOS.