Tuesday, 1 August 2017

What is PCOS?

I believe I have spoken about PCOS (or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) before on my blog, but I don't think my post about it was very well thought out and probably left people asking more questions than necessary.

Today, I've decided to go back to PCOS, and explain more about it on my blog. PCOS is actually very common, a lot of women who have it don't even know about it. Personally I was diagnosed at 13, and then that diagnosis was confirmed last year when my fertility became more of a worry for me.

Today I want to concentrate more on explaining what PCOS is, and in future posts I want to take a more personal approach to the subject. I am by no means a doctor or giving any medical advice, so please do your research and speak with your doctor if you believe you have PCOS.

I'd also like to say I've found much of this information over years of research and scanning the internet, including the NHS website and other medical websites. Again, I urge you to do your own research and seek a prefessional opinion before doing anything drastic.

What is it?

PCOS is largely a hormonal imbalance, especially when it comes to male hormones in a female body. It's one of the most common hormonal disorders and the main cause for infertility in women. There's no cure, or known cause for PCOS, although some believe it can be genetic.

What does it do?

There are many symptoms of PCOS. Not everyone has them all, and they can all appear in varying degrees.

Weight gain, excess facial and body hair, hair loss, fatigue, anxiety, depression, cysts on the ovaries, infertility, pelvic pain, irregular periods, etc. just to name a few.

The most common symptom is cysts on the ovaries. They form when an egg is made but not released (which is why it can be hard to conceive). Other very common symptoms are weight gain and excess facial hair.

The health risks associated with PCOS

Insulin resistance is a common side affect of PCOS, and can lead to diabetes. It is estimated that over 50% of people with PCOS will develop diabetes or pre-diabetes before they are 40.

Depression is related to PCOS due to hormonal imbalances and fluctuations. This also causes regular mood swings and anxiety.

It's only a short post today, but I will be going into more depth about PCOS in my next post. I will be explaining more about how it has affected me personally and my experience with it. If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment or catch me on Twitter

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