The way a woman’s body works is a mystery, even to the doctors and when we talk about PCOS – Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, most people are clueless. PCOS is a condition from which a lot of women all over the world suffer. It is an endocryne system disorder which affects the women in the reproductive ages.
Here are 15 facts about PCOS which everyone should know:
#1. Women with PCOS have higher rates of anxiety and depression than women without the syndrome.
#2. Women with PCOS can have monthly menstrual cycles and still have PCOS.
#3. One of the earliest signs of elevated androgens in adolescents with PCOS is acne.
#4. Many women with PCOS think they can’t conceive, but that’s not true. There are drugs and hormonal therapies which can help in getting pregnant and taking the pregnancy to term.
#5. The No.1 treatment for PCOS is not a medicine. It’s achieving a normal weight by working out and eating right.
#6. According to a research, about 70 percent of women have PCOS and have not had it properly diagnosed. It’s time to visit your doctor.
#7. Many women with PCOS are overweight, but thin women can have PCOS as well.
#8. PCOS comes with high androgen levels. These can be measured directly by a blood test. Symptoms like thinning hair, pattern baldness, hirsutism (excess face and body hair) and adult acne can also indicate excess androgen.
#9. PCOS has no treatment as of now but it is a symptom and can be managed with the right guidance. Do go to a doctor and start on medication immediately. Also, keep getting tested for diabetes if you have PCOS.
#10. As women with PCOS get older, they are likely to experience more regular menstrual cycles.