I first read about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) in You On A Diet and have been learning more about the condition as I meet more women living with it. There are many factors and medical conditions that can affect our appearance, weigh and fertility; Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is one of them. Although it is a relatively common condition, an estimated 1 in 10 women of childbearing years have it, PCOS is relatively unknown.
PCOS is complicated and affects a woman’s menstrual cycle, fertility, hormones, insulin production, circulatory system, and appearance. Although the medical community has been aware of the condition for 75 years, the cause of the condition is still unknown. It Is treatable, but not curable, by medications, changes in diet and exercise.
Curious about what the symptoms are? Then read more
The symptoms are:
- Irregular or absent menses
- Numerous cysts on the ovaries in many, but not all, cases
- High blood pressure
- Elevated insulin levels, Insulin Resistance, or Diabetes
- Excess hair on the face and body
- Thinning of the scalp hair (alopecia)
- Weight Problems or obesity that is centered around your mid section
The most simple way to explain the syndrome is that in women with PCOS, the ovary doesn't make all of the hormones it needs for any of the eggs to fully mature. The hormonal cycle becomes out of whack (that is not the technical term, but you get my drift) and many different elements from fertility to blood sugar levels are affected.
To read more about this condition, visit 4Women.gov or Polycystic Ovarian Support Syndrome Association . Both websites are full of facts and information. If you think you have PCOS contact your doctor and make an appointment to discuss your symptoms and your concerns.