Real Talk #3 (Understanding Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)
It is described by experts as a fairly common condition, but just how much do you know about poly-cystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?
Well, we don’t want to brag, but we really know our stuff when it comes to women’s health (O.K., so maybe we’re bragging a little).
And because we know our stuff, we felt that it was only right to dedicate the third instalment of our Real Talk series to discussing PCOS with you.
So sit back, relax, and let’s learn together!
What is PCOS?
PCOS is a common condition that comes with many symptoms- which makes diagnosis straightforward, which is definitely a good thing!
You’ll also be glad to know that poly-cystic ovary syndrome, despite its name, does not involve cysts in the ovaries.
(We know- phew, right?)
Instead, the condition effects how women’s ovaries work and can lead to some serious health problems later on in life, such as fertility problems or diabetes.
That’s why recognising the symptoms and getting medical help ASAP is absolutely essential!
What are the Symptoms of PCOS?
The symptoms of PCOS tend to appear during a woman’s early twenties or late teenage years. Some of the most common symptoms include:
. Oily skin and/or acne
. Weight gain
. Irregular or missing periods
. Difficulty getting pregnant
. Excessive growth of body hair (especially on the face, back or chest)
. Hair loss and/or hair thinning on the scalp
While the exact cause of PCOS is unknown, research suggests that excess androgen hormone levels, excess insulin or heredity are all contributing factors.
What to do if You Have Symptoms:
If you think you may have PCOS, it is important to talk to your doctor as soon as possible. While there is currently no way to cure PCOS, doctors can help you treat the symptoms and make your life that little bit easier!
Luckily, there are many options available to help treat acne, irregular periods, hair thinning and many other PCOS symptoms…
And there’s more good news!
With treatment, many women with PCOS go on to have very healthy pregnancies!
There is never any shame in asking your doctor for medical advice, so you can ensure that you get all the help you need and deserve.
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As always, we wish you a wonderful period and a fantastic day!