Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: What is it?

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, also known as PCOS is a disorder caused by a hormone imbalance.  This imbalance can cause problems with ovulation, irregular periods and is the leading cause of female fertility problems.

It’s estimated that 1 in 10 women have PCOS, so chances are you know someone that is affected.  Symptoms include:

  • Acne
  • Weight Gain (often due to insulin resistance)
  • Trouble Losing Weight (also due to insulin resistance)
  • Extra Body Hair (known as Hirsutism)
  • Thinning Hair
  • Irregular Periods
  • Darkening of Skin
  • Skin Tags
  • Depression
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol

While the exact cause of PCOS is unknown, it is believed that genetics play a factor.

For more information on Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome visit:

https://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/polycystic-ovary-syndrome.html

One thought on “Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: What is it?

  1. This post raises a lot of questions for me. I’d be curious to know if there’s a way to predict PCOS, and what the treatment plan is once you’ve been diagnosed. Can the damage be reversed, or are there better symptom management options available? Is it related to endometriosis? What’s your treatment plan, and what are the side effects? (Sometimes the side effects, both immediate and long-term, are nearly as bad as the condition itself – some of the drugs I’ve been prescribed for Crohn’s are that way.) Are there alternative treatments besides the ones identified in Western medicine, such as special diets?

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