Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, abbreviated as PCOS, is the most common cause of infertility in women of the childbearing age.
If this is your first time hearing about it, read on below and feel free to message me if you’d like to know more.
What are common symptoms of PCOS?
- Irregular periods or no periods at all. – the usual cycle is about 28 to 35 days, counting from the first day of your menstrual period.
- Ovulation and Fertility Problems
- Insulin Problems
- Excessive hair growth OR hair in places not normal for a lady
- Weight gain or the struggle to gain and lose weight…
- Acne Problems
What causes PCOS?
The truth is, nobody is certain what causes PCOS… but an underlying factor is an imbalance of hormones and high levels of insulin.
How is PCOS diagnosed?
If you suspect you have PCOS, go to your doctor. It is best to be prepared and informed about the syndrome. Do not feel ashamed about having a possible problem with fertility. A lot of women have this… and they are just as beautiful and awesome. The longer you go undiagnosed, the greater the struggle may be when you do want to conceive. A woman can start having the syndrome as early as 11 years of age… so talk to someone, it is okay!
- your doctor will ask you several questions about the frequency of your period, the length, and the symptoms you experience during each time your period comes around.
- your doctor may also ask you about family history. Chances are, if women in your family have PCOS, you may have it as well.
- An ultrasound may be required to check size of ovaries, presence of cysts, and number of follicles. (trans-rectal ultrasounds are available for those who are uncomfortable having trans-vaginal ultrasounds)
- An examination of your genitals and reproductive system may also be done.
I HAVE CYSTS?!?! WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
More often than not, those who suffer with PCOS will have cysts present in their ovaries. However, these are tiny cysts that are commonly harmless and need not be removed.
Does having cysts mean I won’t have children anymore?
In truth, PCOS is not the end of the road for those who want to have children of there own. There will be a struggle though… it may be harder to conceive since ovulation is also very irregular and unpredictable for those who have PCOS.
We have a God greater than PCOS.
There are also various medications and treatments for this syndrome.
- Anti-Diabetes Medication
- Birth Control Pills – if you don’t plan on getting pregnant
- Hormone Regulating Medication
If I have PCOS, am I at risk for other ailments?
In truth, since symptoms are similar to several other problems, those with PCOS have a higher risk of the ff:
- A thickening of the endometrium if you don’t get your period regularly which can cause cancer if left untreated or if you don’t get your period for a long time.
- High Cholesterol
- High or Low Blood Pressure
Who can I talk to if I have PCOS?
If you’ve been diagnosed with PCOS, it is normal to have mixed emotions. I remember being so worried and anxious. I also remember the immense pressure I put on myself for “not being normal”. However, I hope you feel somewhat relieved that there is finally an explanation for these odd things you’ve been feeling, and maybe been keeping to yourself.
It is very important to find a doctor you’re comfortable with, you’ll be sharing the struggle with them. It is also best to keep a positive attitude, do not lose hope!
There are many women who suffer from PCOS. Joining a support group can also help. I’d be happy to hear from you about your PCOS story, any comments, and topics related for discussion.