Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Facts and Myths

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, also known as PCOS is a condition that affects women that is caused by a hormonal imbalance. It happens when a woman produces more male hormones than necessary. This causes cysts to grow in or on the woman’s ovaries and may cause the ovaries to become enlarged. The hormone imbalance can also negatively affect a woman’s ovulation, menstruation cycle, and ability to get pregnant. Symptoms of PCOS include irregular menstruation, pelvic pain, infertility, thinning hair on the head, excessive hair growth on the body, weight gain, acne, oily skin, and patches of darkened skin. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and suspect you may have PCOS, you should make an appointment to see a healthcare provider. Read on to learn more about PCOS and some common myths about the condition.

Myth: PCOS is Not a Major Health Concern

PCOS may increase your risk of other serious health conditions. PCOS puts you at a higher risk of diabetes, metabolic syndromes, heart disease, stroke, obesity, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, uterine cancer, infertility, depression, and anxiety.

Myth: I Will Never Get Pregnant Because I have PCOS

Some women with PCOS may have trouble getting pregnant but it is not impossible. The main problem is that women need to ovulate in order to get pregnant. Depending on the severity of the hormone imbalance you may not be ovulating. If you have PCOS but are not trying to get pregnant you should use contraception. While it may be more difficult for a woman with PCOS to get pregnant it is not impossible. Many women with PCOS ovulate intermittently.

Myth: There is No Treatment for PCOS

There is no cure for PCOS but there are treatment options available including diet changes, exercise, weight loss, and medications. Every woman is different so you should discuss what the best treatment options would be for you with your healthcare provider.

Myth: Being Overweight Causes PCOS

Being overweight may contribute to PCOS but it is not the sole cause. PCOS affects women of all sizes. Hormone imbalances are the main component of PCOS. Since PCOS is a hormonal imbalance and affects your body’s ability to use insulin, it can cause weight gain. Oftentimes diet and exercise are recommended for women with PCOS to help regulate their hormones.

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  1. “Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).” Johns Hopkins Medicine

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