What is PCOS ?

Saturday, February 5, 2011
Until a few months ago I have never heard of PCOS. I always had most of the symptoms but no one ever told me a "Name" for my problem. Although it is frustrating that this was happening to me, I am relieved that I now have a name to go with my problem and I can treat it accordingly. A couple of people was wondering  

What is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (say "pah-lee-SIS-tik OH-vuh-ree SIN-drohm") is a problem in which a woman’s hormones are out of balance. It can cause problems with your periods and make it difficult to get pregnant. PCOS may also cause unwanted changes in the way you look. If it is not treated, over time it can lead to serious health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (or PCOS) is common, affecting as many as 1 out of 15 women. Often the symptoms begin in the teen years. Treatment can help control the symptoms and prevent long-term problems.

 What are some symptoms ?
  • Acne.
  • Weight gain and trouble losing weight.
  • Extra hair on the face and body. Often women get thicker and darker facial hair and more hair on the chest, belly, and back.
  • Thinning hair on the scalp.
  • Irregular periods. Often women with PCOS have fewer than nine periods a year. Some women have no periods. Others have very heavy bleeding.
  • Fertility problems. Many women who have PCOS have trouble getting pregnant (infertility).
  • Depression.

Most women with PCOS grow many small cyst on their ovaries. That is why it is called Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. The cyst are not harmful but lead to hormone imbalances. Now if you do not have cyst on your ovaries, you can still have PCOS. Your Dr will have to test you first and confirm if you have PCOS or not.

What caused PCOS ?  Hormones ... If your hormones are unbalanced then that will cause PCOS to take place. Majority of women actually lose wight in order to get their hormones under control. However every woman is different so please consult with your Dr, and ask as many questions as you need to get all the answers you want.


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