In 2010 I was Diagnosed with PCOS.
Polycystic ovary syndrome is a condition in which there is an imbalance of a woman's female sex hormones. This hormone imbalance may cause changes in the menstrual cycle, skin changes, small cysts in the ovaries, trouble getting pregnant, and other problems.
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September is PCOS Awareness Month, so this time of year is perfect to bring awareness to PCOS and show support as well. You can bring awareness in many ways; social networking, your local community, PCOS Awareness runs, even PCOS awareness items! (Check out Zazzle’s PCOS Awareness item boutique). Spread this message and bring awareness even if you do not have PCOS, because there may just be someone in your life that does, someone who may not even know they have it!
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common female endocrine disorders that is affecting women in numbers as high as one out of ten, although many cases remain undiagnosed because symptoms differ from one woman to another. While one woman may experience a range of symptoms, another may have little to none. PCOS is a condition in which the sex hormones in a female’s body are imbalanced, which can cause cysts on the ovaries, weight gain, changes in menstrual cycle, trouble getting pregnant, and other problems. If left untreated, it can lead to heart disease and endometrial cancer. At this time PCOS is not curable but with medication, exercise, and healthy eating, the symptoms can be treated.
- Not all women who have PCOS are insulin-resistant or diabetic.
- PCOS is a leading cause in infertility and menstrual irregularity.
- Five to seven million of the female population have PCOS.
- Less than twenty-five percent of women with PCOS have been diagnosed.
- Between thirty to forty percent of women may experience insulin resistance.
PCOS Health Risks
- Endometrial cancer
- Lipid abnormalities
- Heart disease (4 to 7 times higher)
- Sleep apnea
- May develop anxiety and/or depression
- Weight gain
- Oily skin
- Cysts on ovaries
- High cholesterol levels
- Skin discolorations
- Elevated blood pressure
- Insulin resistance
- Repeated miscarriages
- Thinning hair
- Male-type hair growth
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Healthy eating
- Weight control/Weight loss
- Medication (Metformin, Spironolactone, Clomid (infertility), & birth control are a few that are commonly prescribed)
- Regular exercise
- Ovarian wedge resection
- Laparoscopic ovarian drilling
- Polycystic ovaries
- Polycystic ovary disease
- Stein-Leventhal syndrome
- Polyfollicular ovarian disease
I have PCOS and by pulling all this information together through research, it gives the option to spread this to family and friends, along with anyone else who comes across it, informing everyone on a female endocrine disease that isn’t well known yet should be.
Whether you are a male, or female without PCOS, spread awareness because someone in your life may in fact have PCOS yet isn’t aware. If you think about it, 5 to 7 million of the female population (1 in 10) have PCOS, and a large majority are not even aware they have it! Although there is not a cure known, it can still be manageable with the proper lifestyle change, but first one must be diagnosed.
If you know someone who has any symptoms listed above, please do not hesitate to speak to them about PCOS because it’s important they get the treatment that is needed to manage PCOS and keep it from getting severe.
Bring awareness to one of the most common female endocrine disorders.
Be aware of your body and PCOS.
A very dear friend of mine designed the images in this post, so a very big thank you to K.
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I just feel like crying. I thought I was pregnant, but obviously not.
Has anyone on here or does anyone know of people with PCOS and has had children?, I just need to know.
I don’t even remember what the doctor said to me, its all such a blur right now, all I can remember is that im now on metformin
According to womenshealth.gov, 1 in every 10 women has PCOS and 1 in every 20 women of childbearing age has PCOS.
Ladies, talk to your friends, talk to your coworkers, talk to strangers on the subway or acquaintances at church. Our struggles are deeply personal, but they are often not unique. Sharing your story, pain, and triumphs with PCOS can make a world of difference to someone who feels alone.
Remember…It is about living. Living to the fullest, living your dreams, living with out regret: even if it is living with PCOS.
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Recently I have been exploring Complementary and Alternative Therapies for my treatment of PCOS. In part because I now work in this field, but mostly because I was tired of getting responses from my doctor in the short 20-30 minutes we spent together. Eat Healthier, Lose some weight, take the meds and everything will be fine. By no means am I advocating not talking to your doctor, or following their advise, but traditional western doctors aren’t the only authorities on the matter.
Any one with PCOS will tell you at some point, some medical professional said you need to lose weight or change your diet. Easier said than done, right. Unfortunately many of us are simply going about it uninformed and the wrong way.
From Natural Therapies Pages. Full article HERE
To improve the symptoms of PCOS and insulin insensitivity, most experts recommend a low GI diet, rich in foods with a lower ranking on the Glycemic Index. These foods prevent blood-glucose levels from spiking suddenly, thus reducing the pancreas’s insulin response. Low GI foods also indirectly reduce blood-insulin levels by controlling blood-glucose levels, reducing excessive hormone release from the ovaries and allowing the body to burn more fat.
I recommend finding an Integrative Nutritionist who is familiar with PCOS and can help you put together a new dietary plan that focuses on your goals and your struggles. I recommend an Integrative Nutritionist v. a traditional nutritionist because integrative practitioners focus on treating a whole person: including their cultural, spiritual, and emotional relationship with food and eating. This type of and sensitivity is not always part of traditional nutritionist training.
Check out www.naturalhealers.com for a practitioner near you.
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Hi, I have a quick queston. My doctor diagnosed me with PCOS yesterday, after an ultrasound for something unrelated showed lots of follicles. I've been on the pill for 3 years, so I hadn't noticed any symptoms that people normally have, like irregular periods. I have had acne forever, and have gained a bit of weight in the past 2 years. My question is; because I've been on the pill for so long, can that mask the symptoms of PCOS, so that I didn't notice anything wrong? Thanks xxAnonymous
(Public disclaimer: I am not a doctor or a licensed or trained health care provider)
PCOS is a complicated condition that manifests in people differently. It is completely possible for you to have had the condition before or for it to have developed while you were on birth control. However, Birth Control is one of the most common treatments for the PCOS and often prevents follicles for growing.The root cause of PCOS has to do with hormones and not with actual cysts.
My question is if your doctor made the diagnosis with out conducting any other tests. Cysts on your ovaries are not enough to diagnose someone with Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome. There are several reasons you might have follicles on your ovaries that have nothing to do with PCOS. If your doctor didnt perform any other tests, I would go back and ask him/her to. If you do have PCOS then your hormones are clearly not being regulated by your current BC Pill and a new form of hormone therapy and possibly insulin therapy should be added to your daily routine. But its important to make sure that you are being treated for a problem you actually have.
Here is what womenshealth.gov has to say about diagnosing PCOS:
There is no single test to diagnose PCOS. Your doctor will take the following steps to find out if you have PCOS or if something else is causing your symptoms.
Medical history. Your doctor will ask about your menstrual periods, weight changes, and other symptoms.
Physical exam. Your doctor will want to measure your blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), and waist size. He or she also will check the areas of increased hair growth. You should try to allow the natural hair to grow for a few days before the visit.
Pelvic exam. Your doctor might want to check to see if your ovaries are enlarged or swollen by the increased number of small cysts.
Blood tests. Your doctor may check the androgen hormone and glucose (sugar) levels in your blood.
Vaginal ultrasound (sonogram). Your doctor may perform a test that uses sound waves to take pictures of the pelvic area. It might be used to examine your ovaries for cysts and check the endometrium (en-do-MEE-tree-uhm) (lining of the womb). This lining may become thicker if your periods are not regular.
Hope this helps!