Liz bissel wellness, Nutrition
Total years in practice: 5
My name is Liz Bissell and I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.
I work to empower women with PCOS to overcome infertility through diet and lifestyle changes.
I currently live with my husband and our pets, Lucca the Great Dane, Oliver the Pitbull Border Collie rescue and Cyrus, our devious cat. I am based out of my hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan – also known as Beer City, USA!
About 5 years ago, I was diagnosed by my OB with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) after experiencing some irregular periods. PCOS diagnosis requires meeting two of three criteria: elevated androgens (or male hormones), ultrasound-confirmed cysts on ovaries, and irregular periods. PCOS symptoms often include hair loss, weight gain, hirsutism (male pattern hair growth on face or neck), acne, and irregular menstrual cycles. When I was diagnosed, I remember feeling entirely confused. I didn’t seem to fit the description of a typical woman with PCOS. I am incredibly active and fit. At that time, I ate what I considered to be a healthy diet and didn’t really suffer from many of the typical signs and symptoms of PCOS, outside of my irregular periods and ultrasound-confirmed cysts on my uterus.
Not long after this diagnosis, I saw my primary care physician and told him about my recent PCOS diagnosis. He, like me, was caught off guard by this, stating I didn’t fit the mold of a typical woman with PCOS and shouldn’t really be worried about it. There it was. Validation from a trusted medical source that this was probably just nothing. I went on my merry way, relieved thinking this whole PCOS thing really must have been a huge misunderstanding.
From that moment on and for several years after that, I really never thought about PCOS again. I had dismissed it until a year or so ago when I went off birth control and again faced irregular periods. Although my husband and I do not have kids now, I know we will in the future. My husband and I are looking forward to having kids because I’ve combined my personal PCOS experience with my experience as a dietitian to develop a diet and lifestyle that helps women like YOU to become more fertile and live a happy, healthy life with PCOS.
Since realizing my PCOS was the cause of my irregular periods and other hormonal imbalances, I have worked tirelessly to get to the bottom of what PCOS does and how it impacts a woman’s body, specifically a woman with the intention of having children. With most conventional OBGYN’s answers to PCOS as “just lose weight” or “take this fertility medication”, I know how isolating and frustrating it can be when you feel you’ve tried everything for your PCOS and fertility, but nothing seems to help. I’m here to tell you, I can help!
Well I have good news for you. After years of doing research in order to get my own PCOS under control, I have created a one-on-one coaching program that’s specifically set up to empower women with PCOS to overcome infertility through diet and lifestyle modifications. My program is customized to each and every woman in order to ultimately create a body ready and willing to get pregnant. If getting pregnant due to issues of controlling your PCOS has been an ongoing issue for you and you need the support and healthy lifestyle to improve your fertility, then apply for my one-on-one coaching program