About PCOS

A lot of people have heard me talk about something that I struggle with,
PolyCystic Ovarion Syndrome
(hence Struggling Cyster)

But I haven't talked much about it.
I plan to, but it isn't one of those cheery stories I like to post.

So what is PCOS?
(I know this is a lot to read, I bolded some of the key parts)

PCOS is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is one of the most common hormonal endocrine disorders in women. PCOS has been recognized and diagnosed for seventy-five years. There are many signs and symptoms that a woman may experience. Since PCOS cannot be diagnosed with one test alone and symptoms vary from woman to woman, PCOS has been known as the “Silent Killer”. Early diagnosis of PCOS is important as it has been linked to an increased risk for developing several medical risks including insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Many women may experience weight gain or obesity, yet there are others who may be very lean. Multiple cysts on ovaries in a "string of pearls” pattern is also an indicator for PCOS. In addition, this hormonal imbalance can cause Insulin Resistance, which is also a prime indicator that you may have PCOS. Women suffering from PCOS may experience high testosterone levels, which cause other signs and symptoms such as Hirsutism (excessive hair growth), male pattern baldness and acne. This high level of testosterone can also prevent the ovaries from releasing an egg each month. 

5-10% of women of childbearing age are affected by PCOS, with less than 50% of women diagnosed. This leaves millions of women undiagnosed. PCOS is responsible for 70% of infertility issues in women who have difficulty ovulating. Post menopausal women can also suffer from PCOS.

Studies have shown that approximately 40% of patients with diabetes and/or glucose intolerance between the ages of 20-50 have PCOS

In addition, some studies have found that if a mother has PCOS, there is a 50% chance that her daughter will have PCOS.

The good news is that early diagnosis and proper education can help women lower all these risk factors and live a happy, healthier life.

Although I do not blog about this a lot, feel free to ask me any questions about it! 
I have been diagnosed for 8 years and have tried many things to treat it.


Anonymous said...

I am so happy I stumbled upon this. I am going to the gynecologist for an appt. this weekend for a check up. I've been battling what seems like infertility and very irregular, painful cycles and I'm a little worried. Thank you SO much for sharing!

Meghan said...

No Problem Rachelle!
Please keep me updated on what is going on!
&If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
I know with this topic it is always a bit personal, but I am an open book :)