Six years after first hearing about polycystic ovary syndrome, I'm still not sure if I actually have it.
For a condition that affects up to 10% of reproductive-age women worldwide, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) remains mysterious. It’s a leading cause of female infertility and often boosts the risk of metabolic problems such as type 2 diabetes. It’s also highly heritable: The sister of an affected woman has at least a 20% chance of developing it herself, and the risk for identical twins is even higher.
Among the many frustrating features of polycystic ovary syndrome, a hormone imbalance that can cause irregular periods and fertility issues, is the fact that we may never have a definitive answer for what causes it.
What started as an inconceivable, awful pain in my lower intestines turned into a diagnosis. A diagnosis that meant I would suffer from two painful diseases that would manifest not just around my “time of the month,” but all month, every month. Despite the excruciating pain and discomfort, I’ve learned how to travel with endometriosis and PCOS. Here’s what I’ve learned and how you too can travel without letting it ruin your holiday.
Scientists know this much about polycystic ovary syndrome: It is one of the most common causes of infertility. It's linked to diabetes and several other troubling health problems. It affects as many as 5 million U.S. women.
But the condition, also known as PCOS, largely remains a mystery. Researchers are trying to better understand the disorder, which is generally defined by an excess production of the hormone testosterone, irregular ovulation and cysts—fluid-filled sacs—within the ovaries.
Sometimes medical syndromes are named long before they are fully understood.
Take polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS, which affects as many as 10 percent of women of childbearing age, often impairing their fertility.
I have always felt larger and hairier than everyone in the room.
A small patch of black hair grows on the lower left side of my neck, and thick, rogue strands sprout from new and surprising locations each day. Upon shaving my legs, stubble seems to grow back instantly. As I dry myself off, I wonder if my friends’ stomachs are as hairy as mine.
The hormonal disorder known as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome affects around 10 percent of women, but scientists are only just beginning to understand it.
If you don’t have polycystic ovary syndrome, the odds are decent that you know somebody who does. In the U.S., an estimated 10 percent of women of childbearing age have have PCOS, a hormonal disorder that interferes with regular ovulation, often causing irregular periods and fertility issues.
Whether you have PCOS, wondering if you have hormone imbalance or simply want to learn more about yourself as a woman, this information is invaluable – you won’t find it taught in schools (yet!!), but I believe education is power and allows all women to make informed decisions around their health and wellness.
The mission of the PCOS Awareness Association (PCOSAA) is to inform the public about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome by providing information and resources for women to get tested, as well as providing support for women diagnosed with PCOS.
Our Mission: Raise public awareness about PCOS and help girls and women with the condition overcome their symptoms and reduce their risk for life-threatening related diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
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What is understood is that PCOS is an inherited disease. Sisters and daughters of women with PCOS are at high risks themselves of developing PCOS. In addition, both female and male relatives have an increased risk of getting diabetes and heart disease.
Everything I have ever learned or experienced about PCOS is in this manual. I break the science down into simple explanations. I explain your PCOS. I tell you why you have it. I show you the exact steps you need to overcome it.
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The Androgen Excess and PCOS Society is an international organization dedicated to promoting knowledge, and original clinical and basic research, in every aspect of androgen excess disorders...
PCOS is caused by an imbalance in the hormones (chemical messengers) in your brain and your ovaries. PCOS usually happens when a hormone called LH (from the pituitary gland) or levels of insulin (from the pancreas) are too high, which results in extra testosterone production by the ovary.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common hormonal disorder among women of reproductive age. Infertility is one of the most common PCOS symptoms. Because the symptoms of PCOS are seemingly unrelated to one another, the condition is often overlooked and undiagnosed.
At Insulite we know the pain and discouragement that you experience dealing with your PCOS symptoms like hormone imbalance, hair loss/growth, decreased sex drive, fatigue, skin problems, infertility, mood swings and weight gain. We want you to know that we have made it our mission to help you reverse these devastating symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome...
Women with PCOS have greater chances of developing several serious health conditions, including life-threatening diseases. Recent studies found that:
•More than 50 percent of women with PCOS will have diabetes or pre-diabetes (impaired glucose tolerance) before the age of 40.
•The risk of heart attack is 4 to 7 times higher in women with PCOS than women of the same age without PCOS.
•Women with PCOS are at greater risk of having high blood pressure.
•Women with PCOS have high levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and low levels of HDL (good) cholesterol.
•Women with PCOS can develop sleep apnea.