You may have heard the term sloshed around, you may have been diagnosed with it or you may have it without even knowing it; PCOS. The term stands for polycystic ovarian (or ovary) syndrome and it happens when your body has an imbalance in hormones. What causes PCOS? The studies are mixed on the subject; but most doctors agree that it comes from being overweight. The problem with that theory is that some women who have it are not overweight.
The common denominator is generally in your genes. You can inherit PCOS from your family. I got it from my mom, and it showed up on tests after gaining 100lbs during my pregnancy.
The results of PCOS – What happens when you have PCOS?
Generally there is a list of (incredibly unpleasant) symptoms associated with having PCOS. If you can check several off of this list, it’s definitely time for you to consult with a doctor.
- Hormone imbalance; high levels of testosterone.
- Hormonal Pattern Acne (sometimes cystic).
- Male pattern hair growth (facial hair, hair on back / chest).
- Balding / hair loss on head.
- Excessive weight gain.
- Carb and sugar cravings.
- Diabetes like symptoms.
- Insulin resistance (see above)
- Missed / abnormal periods.
What can I do if I think I have PCOS?
Unfortunately, there’s no way around going to the doctor. The tests are relatively painless and usually include a blood test for hormone levels, a sugar test for insulin resistance, and an ultrasound. PCOS gets it name from the cysts that form on the ovaries with the disorder. Every woman gets a cyst or two every month as part of their period. With PCOS, you get several. These cysts can prevent you from releasing an egg during your cycle, which is what causes the missed periods.
Dangers of PCOS
Women with PCOS are at an increased risk for several disorders, dangers, and health issues. Below is a small list of the risks associated with having PCOS.
- Heart disease / cardiovascular issues.
- Infertility / problems getting pregnant.
- Depression, suicide, etc.
- Skin disorders and acne.
- Chronic fatigue.
- Sleep problems.
- Diabetes / Pre-diabetes
- Miscarriage or trouble with pregnancy
It’s important to know that you’re not alone. There are ways to reverse PCOS both pharmaceutically and naturally, and you do have options. The best cure for PCOS is simple changes in lifestyle and with effort and determination, you will get there.