To be clear, I am not a doctor. I am just a woman who has dealt with PCOS for a long time. I was diagnosed when I was 20 years old. Since then, I have done a lot of research and have spoke with several of my wonderful doctors. I will periodically update this sections with things that I like… But to start off,
WHAT IS PCOS?
PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.
Almost 1 in every 10 women suffer from it, diagnosed or not.
•hence the name of my blog ;)•
PCOS is caused by hormone imbalances. ” The hormonal imbalance creates problems in the ovaries. The ovaries make the egg that is released each month as part of a healthy menstrual cycle. With PCOS, the egg may not develop as it should or it may not be released during ovulation as it should be.” (womenshealth.gov)
What are Some of the signs or syptoms of PCOS?
- Irregular menstrual cycle. Women with PCOS may miss periods or have fewer periods (fewer than eight in a year). Or, their periods may come every 21 days or more often. Some women with PCOS stop having menstrual periods.
- Too much hair on the face, chin, or parts of the body where men usually have hair. This is called “hirsutism.” Hirsutism affects up to 70% of women with PCOS.3
- Acne on the face, chest, and upper back
- Thinning hair or hair loss on the scalp; male-pattern baldness
- Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
- Darkening of skin, particularly along neck creases, in the groin, and underneath breasts
- Skin tags, which are small excess flaps of skin in the armpits or neck area
PCOS can cause numerous of other health issues. This is why it is important to ALWAYS eat healthy, drink your water, and routienly go see your doctor. Some of the other issues commanly linked with PCOS include:
Depression and anxiety
High blood pressure
THERE IS NO CURE TO PCOS, but that does not mean this is the end of the road. To help minimize the issues that come with PCOS, you need to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. From personal experience this is where I have failed. I was addicted to food. That is all I tought about, but it wasn’t food I needed to eat, it was JUNK and COKE. Losing weight and maintaining a healthy body, “may help to lower your blood glucose levels, improve the way your body uses insulin, and help your hormones reach normal levels. Even a 10% loss in body weight (for example, a 150-pound woman losing 15 pounds) can help make your menstrual cycle more regular and improve your chances of getting pregnant.” (womenshealth.gov)