About 7 months ago I was diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic ovarian syndrome). I had most of the symptoms that go along with it, but it wasn’t until I got bloodwork and an ultrasound done, that we knew for sure it was PCOS. I have never heard of before and was surprised to find out that almost . Ever since I have been gathering information to see what it is all about.
Do you have any of these symptoms?:
- Irregular periods. This is the most common symptom. Can include few or no menstrual periods or heavy, irregular bleeding. Mine have always been inconsistent but when it was MIA for over 6 months, I knew something was not right.
- Excess androgen. Elevated levels of male hormones (androgens)
- Polycystic ovaries. Polycystic ovaries become enlarged and contain numerous small fluid-filled sacs which surround the eggs.
- Weight gain. About half of women with PCOS will have weight gain and obesity that is difficult to manage
- Fatigue. Many women with PCOS report increased fatigue and low energy.
- Unwanted hair growth (also known as hirsutism). Areas affected by excess hair growth may include the face, arms, back, chest, thumbs, toes, and abdomen
- Thinning hair on the head. Hair loss related to PCOS may increase in middle age
- Infertility. PCOS is a leading cause of female infertility caused by not releasing an egg (not ovulating) or repeat miscarriages.
- Acne. Hormonal changes related to androgens can lead to acne problems. Other skin changes such as the development of skin tags and darkened patches of skin are also related to PCOS.
- Mood changes. Having PCOS can increase the likelihood of mood swings, depression, and anxiety.
- Pelvic pain. Pelvic pain may occur with periods, along with heavy bleeding. It may also occur when a woman isn’t bleeding.
- Headaches. Hormonal changes prompt headaches.
- Sleep problems. Women with PCOS often report problems such as insomnia or poor sleep, as well as breathing problems while sleeping
- Insulin resistance and too much insulin (hyperinsulinemia), which can cause things like upper body obesity and skin tags.
If you are curious to see if you could have PCOS take this quiz and talk to your doctor.
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