outsmart PCOS ebook

The Professional Guide to Root-Cause Healing and Symptom Reduction for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

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Outsmart PCOS eBook

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine disorder affecting over 115 MILLION people worldwide. 

PCOS is a metabolic issue, with contributing factors including genetics, insulin resistance, and inflammation.

PCOS is a risk factor for various health conditions, such as: type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, fertility issues, mental health diagnoses, and endometrial cancer.

The signs and symptoms of PCOS, include irregular cycles, acne, hirsutism, lack of ovulation, weight gain, infertility, and more.

If you’re a practitioner looking for effective strategies to help your clients manage their PCOS symptoms, look no further!

This guide clearly outlines the importance of implementing functional nutrition to address the symptoms and root cause of PCOS.

When addressing PCOS, the focus should be on supporting the optimal health of each individual.

Our guide provides actionable strategies and tips on how to personalize nutrition for PCOS. We also cover the importance of deep diving into genetics, gut microbiome health, nutrient absorption, and hormone balance.

Ready to learn more about PCOS and how to better support your clients impacted by this metabolic condition?

Download our free eBook today! 

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An Overview of PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)


Understanding Diagnostic Criteria for PCOS


The Role of Nutrition in Hormonal Balance


Understanding Functional Nutrition for PCOS


Supplementation Recommendations for PCOS


Lifestyle Medicine Strategies for PCOS

CHAPTER 1: Introduction & PCOS Overview 


I. Introduction & PCOS Overview 


What is PCOS?

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine disorder affecting between 5% and 13% of women, depending on ethnicity and criteria used for diagnosis (Ding et al., 2017).

African-American and Afro-Brazilian women experience the highest rates of PCOS; Chinese and Caucasian women experience the lowest rates.


PCOS Prevalence

  • 8% to 13% of women of reproductive age.
  • 85% to 90% of women with oligomenorrhea and 30% to 40% of women with amenorrhea have PCOS.

PCOS is a common metabolic issue.  The exact cause of PCOS is still unknown, but several factors, such as genetics, insulin resistance, and inflammation, may contribute to its development.

PCOS is a risk factor for several health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, fertility issues, mental health diagnoses, and endometrial cancer.

PCOS  often first presents  as added weight at puberty, or reactive hypoglycemia even if a woman is of normal weight.

PCOS Signs & Symptoms:

  • Irregular and/or heavy cycles and/or PMS
  • Acne (often improved by taking oral contraceptives).  
  • Hirsutism (ask your client if she has had laser hair removal). 
  • Lack of ovulation
  • Acanthosis nigricans
  • Weight Gain 
  • Infertility or recurrent pregnancy loss (sometimes or maintaining pregnancy is the challenge because progesterone levels are not maintained). 



This eBook is a powerful resource for women’s health practitioners who work with clients with PCOS, as well as people who are struggling with PCOS symptoms themselves.  

Chapter 1: Introduction & Overview of PCOS 
Chapter 2: Understanding PCOS & Diagnostic Criteria 

Chapter 3: Implementing Functional Nutrition for PCOS 

Chapter 4: Lifestyle Medicine Strategies for PCOS
Chapter 5: Conclusion


“Often we focus on where we need to go instead of celebrating the success along the way. It feels so good to have the support and great knowledge that Jessica has to share. It really goes a long way. 6 months ago I was 30 pounds heavier, had thyroid problems, metabolism slow as you can imagine, felt stressed almost 100% of the time and felt sluggish along with that. No energy and I was an angry mom most of the time! And sex was a no-no, no way, no thank you, hurts too much! Fast forward to today and I am a true believer in “ask and it is given”.

I asked for help and direction and Jessica showed up! My life has almost completely changed. I feel healed from the inside out, 30 lbs lighter, mentally lighter, up for sex again and actually feeling vibrant! I feel very grateful and really know now anything is possible. We can heal our lives and our bodies. I just want to thank you, Jessica, for doing what you do and for being a light for us sharing your experience and wisdom and making a difference in the world! Big love!!”

Sinead Moffat

Life Coach

“Jessica is so wise. IWHI is a sanctuary for women who have felt totally dismissed or unsupported by the conventional “women’s health” medicine and programs out there.

Sometimes it’s serious conversations and sometimes it feels like a glass of wine with my girlfriends.

No matter what, the information and support is top notch and one of a kind.”

Lily Starling

NCMT, Holistic Business Evolution

“A few years ago, the pull to expand my knowledge brought me to IWHI, where I completed the Endometriosis Coaching program and most recently, the Business Mastermind & Women’s Health Coaching programs.


It was during this new adventure that I realized how my skill in coaching could benefit so many women beyond what I had been able to offer in my physical therapy practice.

I knew I could provide compassionate support to women in perimenopause and menopause to find within themselves the resources and tools that they had not been able to get from a traditional model of care.

I realized, both through my own journey and through what I was learning throughout the programs, that it takes a village of support, it takes listening and reflection to achieve optimal health and wellbeing.”

Jeanne Spadaccini


“I am a functional medicine/chiropractor and while I have had access to some of the best training, Jessica Drummond pulls it all together for you specific to women’s health issues.

She has a knack for keeping it clear and concise and simplified so you can easily integrate into your current practice. I love that Dr. Drummond stays up to date on research. She also has connections with the brightest minds in these areas of women’s health and brings them in to do lectures in the modules.

The content is very well organized and easily digestible. This has helped me niche down every further in my integrative women’s health practice.”

Dr. Mandy Marziaz

DC, WHC, Vital family Chiropractic


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Founder & CEO

The Integrative Women’s Health Institute

Dr. Jessica Drummond, DCN, CNS, PT, NBC-HWC has been passionate about supporting, caring for, and empowering people who struggle with women’s and pelvic health concerns throughout her 24 year career working as a physical therapist and clinical nutritionist.

Dr. Drummond’s trademarked approach is holistic, multi-pronged, and comprehensive, which combines science-informed research, functional nutrition application, lifestyle medicine strategies, nervous system regulation, mind-body connection, hormone balance, physical & manual therapy, and so much more.

While her private clients hold a special place in her heart, Dr. Jessica Drummond is equally passionate about educating and supporting clinicians and wellness professionals to become certified health coaches so they can confidently and safely provide integrative tools and treatment to their clients.