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PCOS Challenge Newsletter - March 2013
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In This Issue:
Sponsor Spotlight:
NVN Therapeutics
Expert Help for PCOS
New on PCOS Challenge Radio
Featured Article:
Coping with PCOS
Featured Article:
Navigating Your PCOS Journey
New PCOS Challenge
Facebook Page
Monthly Giving Program
Dear PCOS Challenger,

Learning that you have a chronic condition such as polycystic ovarian syndrome is never easy.

You can become burdened with fear, worry, depression and anger. One of the trickiest things about PCOS is that there is no one answer for every woman and this adds to the frustration. However, it is important to try to be patient with yourself.

For so many women, navigating through a life that includes PCOS has taught them much about acceptance and patience and has fueled the desire and determination to pursue health and happiness. Patience with themselves, with doctors, with family and friends and strangers; acceptance of the things that are beyond their control; and the determination to do what it takes to regain as much physical and emotional health possible, are some of the qualities that drive these women.

Read the articles from two courageous women with PCOS who are now dedicating their work to help other women to cope with PCOS and navigate through life's journey.

Thank you for reading and stay encouraged!

In good health,
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Sasha Ottey
Executive Director

P.S. — NVN Therapeutics, our new sponsor, will be doing a free giveaway of their medical food product for women with PCOS on today's PCOS Challenge radio show.

Be sure to listen in and share your PCOS story in the comments section of the radio show page for your chance to win a three month supply of their new product Glucorein.



Sponsor Spotlight


NVN Therapeutics (PCOS Challenge Radio Show Sponsor)

PCOS Workbook

Susan Derence
PCOS Patient and
Director at
NVN Therapeutics

We salute NVN Therapeutics, our new radio show sponsor, for their support and commitment to the PCOS community!

As a PCOS Challenge member, you are eligible for exclusive discounts on NVN Therapeutics medical food products for dietary management of PCOS. Just enter PCOS Challenge discount code PCOSFREE at the time of check out.

To learn more about NVN Therapeutics products for women with PCOS, listen to the PCOS Challenge radio show with NVN Therapeutics Director, Susan Derence and visit



PCOS Challenge Expert Series


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You Are Not Alone. You Now Have a Team of Experts to
Help You Overcome PCOS!

As part of our continuing mission to provide women with PCOS the best information and support resources for overcoming Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, PCOS Challenge has teamed up with five renowned PCOS health and wellness experts to bring you the PCOS Challenge Expert Series™.

PCOS Expert Series Workshops (CDs Now Available)



New on PCOS Challenge Radio

PCOS Challenge Radio

Today's Radio Show (Special Giveaway)

Susan Derence, NVN  Therapeutics



Susan Derence
Medical Food for
PCOS - Glucorein

March 27, 2013 at
6pm, EDT

Medical Food for PCOS - Glucorein

Susan Derence, PCOS patient and Director of Sales at NVN Therapeutics joins the PCOS Challenge radio show to give us more information about Glucorein PCOS, a medical food for the dietary management of polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Special Giveaway:

One lucky listener will win a three month supply of Glucorein PCOS. Just comment today on the radio show Events page and share your PCOS story for a chance to win.




Featured Past Radio Shows




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Licensed and
Certified Electrologist

PCOS Hair Removal Options

PCOS and Pregnancy
Through Natural
Family Planning

Jana Heen
FertilityCare Practitioner
Creighton Model
FertilityCare System

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Featured Article: Coping with PCOS
Coping with PCOS

By Gretchen Kubacky

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a complicated, often frustrating condition that affects many women who are experiencing infertility, or may even be a primary cause of infertility. Symptoms typically include recurrent ovarian cysts, excess hair growth (or hair loss similar to male pattern baldness), acne, skin darkening, difficulty losing weight, and, of course, trouble getting pregnant. Often, the condition is not accurately diagnosed until failure to get pregnant results in referral to a reproductive endocrinologist, who has specialized training in PCOS and other endocrine disorders.

I was diagnosed with PCOS in my early twenties, and, as both a patient and a professional, I have learned that there are many things you can do to improve the quality of your life and your health with PCOS. You can take control of your health and mood now by doing the following...


Featured Article: Navigating Your PCOS Journey
Navigating Your PCOS Journey

By Susan Derence
Director, NVN Therapeutics

If you find navigating that journey difficult, you are not alone. It is easy to get lost in the medical jargon and science of the diagnosis itself, not to mention the passionate and often conflicting treatment advice of doctors, support groups, health coaches and fellow PCOS Cysters.

Being on my own PCOS journey for 19 years, I have learned that you are your own greatest advocate. Looking back, I would have saved myself a lot of frustration if I would have followed these simple steps...


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You are invited to take a leadership role in the fight against
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome by becoming a member of the
PCOS Challenge — HOPE for PCOS monthly giving program.

As a monthly giver, you provide much needed financial support to programs that women with PCOS depend on to help overcome their symptoms and reduce their increased risk for life-threatening related diseases including cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Gifts of all sizes are welcome.
Even donations as small as $10 a month can make a big difference.

93% of all donations received go directly to
support programs for women with PCOS.

All gifts are tax deductible and greatly appreciated.

About PCOS Challenge, Inc.

PCOS Challenge, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit ( We are one of the largest and most active support organizations for women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome worldwide. We touch the lives of women with PCOS and their supporters each year through cable television and radio programming (, online and offline support groups (, and education and awareness initiatives.

Since our programs began in 2009, we've helped many women find answers that helped them overcome their struggles with infertility, weight gain, anxiety and depression and reduce their risk for life-threatening related conditions.

If you know other women with PCOS, encourage them to join to gain the information and support they need to live happier and healthier.

Help spread the word and make PCOS a public health priority!







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Sasha Ottey - Executive Director, PCOS Challenge, Inc.
Sasha Ottey
Executive Director

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Our Vision
PCOS is treated as a
public health priority.

Our Mission
Raise public awareness about PCOS and help women with the condition overcome their symptoms and reduce their risk for life-threatening related diseases.




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10 Reasons
PCOS Challenge Needs Your Donation Today
PCOS Support

A Cure for PCOS
Starts with You!

We need your help now to:
  1. Raise greater awareness about PCOS to bring in more funding for a cure and to gain more support from corporations, private foundations and the general public for research and support programs.

  2. Keep top quality PCOS programs free or available at the lowest possible cost.

  3. Create more local PCOS Challenge support programs across the country.

  4. Hold events to help women and teens get screened for PCOS.

  5. Create a referral hotline for PCOS patients to find doctors, specialists and other health care professionals.

  6. Expand doctor-patient outreach programs for current PCOS patients and women newly diagnosed with PCOS.

  7. Expand PCOS Challenge television programming into more cable markets across the U.S. and abroad.

  8. Increase the frequency, extend the length and enhance the overall quality of all PCOS Challenge programming.

  9. Help end health care disparities due to language barriers by making Spanish and other language translations of PCOS Challenge programming available.

  10. Provide audio descriptions, closed captioning and transcriptions for the PCOS Challenge television and radio shows to make them accessible to blind/visually impaired and deaf/hard of hearing communities.

Your support will make a difference.

PCOS Challenge receives very little government funding and relies on the support of the community in the form of volunteers, private donations and fundraising events.

Nearly two-thirds of our annual budget comes from individual donors like you. Every donation and every dollar amount makes a difference.

93% of all donations received go directly to support programs for women with PCOS.

Please donate now!



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