Have you ever heard about PCOS? Hardly anyone seems to talk about it, but I’m sure that if you ask the women in your life, at least one or two of them will tell you that they have it.
It is estimated that at least 1 in every 10 to 15 women has PCOS.
Suffice to say, If you’re a woman you need to know what this is!
~So, what is PCOS?
PSOS stands for Polycystic-Ovary-Syndrome. It is a hormonal imbalance in women that causes a bunch of frustrating symptoms. (As if we didn’t have enough to worry about!)
Irregularity or lack of periods, heavy and painful periods, acne and excess of body and facial hair, hair fall around the crown of the head, and the most problematic: trouble with pregnancy.
~Why does it happen?
The cause for PCOS can be genetic, as well as environmental. If a woman has no ovulation, high number of ovarian cysts and high Androgen levels, she probably has PCOS.
Okay hold on, let’s break these down.
Ovulation of course, is a regular process that we should experience every month, along with the glorious hormone party, i.e. our period. A lack of ovulation causes irregularity with periods. Not getting your period might sound like a dream come true, but it’s actually a bad sign.
As for Ovarian Cysts, they form in the ovarian lining each month, it’s normal guys. However, if they are too large or too many in number: Bam! PCOS.
Now, what the heck is Androgen? Androgen are male hormones. Don’t be alarmed, every woman has them. But having them in excess can cause the symptoms I mentioned above. Excess hair, male pattern balding… yep, makes sense.
~How do I know if I have PCOS?
If you have these symptoms, go visit a Gynaecologist (which is something we should all be doing on the regular!) A simple ultrasound will determine the number/shape/size of your ovarian cysts and you’ll be diagnosed accordingly.
Another way to diagnose PCOS is a blood test to check your hormone levels. If your Androgen levels are higher than they should be, you most likely have PCOS.
The most important thing to remember is to not be alarmed. PCOS is not a disease. It is a type of body composition and cannot be cured, it can only be suppressed.
~What do I do, if I have PCOS?
Your doc might prescribe medication to regularise your period, and get your hormones in order. You might also have to go on a strict diet to reduce weight, (if you need to) or to simply follow a healthier lifestyle.
Obesity and unhealthy eating habits can actually increase PCOS symptoms!
Before you decide to get laser hair removal, or try a bunch of acne medications and treatments, talk to your doctor.
These symptoms can be suppressed with proper diet and exercise, so give that a go first! It’s a cheaper and longer lasting method!
No matter what your age, you should give the Gynaecologist a visit! It’s better to detect things like these early on, my lovelies!