What is PCOS?

SO WHAT IS PCOS?

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If you have stumbled your way into this site. It probably means that you already have PCOS and you know what PCOS is.  You can read on for a recap.   But if you haven’t heard it before this will be like a very quick class.

PCOS is a hormonal imbalance but we can be more precise.

So let’s take out our doctor gear and try to make sense of it all.
“The most widely accepted clinical definition of the polycystic ovary syndrome is the association of hyperandrogenism with chronic anovulation in women without specific underlying diseases of the adrenal or pituitary glands.”

How to decode this?

“Hyperandrogenism”: excess secretion of androgen hormones. What this results in a woman’s body is;

  • excess hair
  • hormonal acne
  • male type balding

“Chronic anovulation”:

  • absent or irregular periods

Plus, usually, there will be a close correlation with the insulin resistance.

  • cravings/ fatigue
  • weight issues
  • dark patches of skin (acanthosis nigricans)(1)

Plus sometimes psychological issues, like;

  • depression
  • anxiety

So if you have these symptoms and you have a cystic formation in the ovaries without any obvious adrenal and pituitary problems, then you are a part of an exclusive group of women with PCOS.

And you will have a higher risk in,

  • diabetes
  • cardiovascular diseases
  • uterine cancer(2)

But what it all comes down to is the little cysts like formations as seen in the diagram below, to the right-hand side.

medical treatment PCOS

So many women have it. And so many has learned to live healthy with them.

 

And in all honesty, that is the most enriching journey to take.

 

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