If you're looking up PCOS online, chances are you've been to a doctor and heard that you have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. But never fear! I hope today to ease your worries, and calm your fears!
Let's talk about PCOS!!
For starters, let me say that this is not something that can be passed to your significant other. (Men do not have ovaries!) The only way it can be passed to females, of course, is hereditary.
PCOS is a condition that occurs when you have hormonal imbalances, which then led to cysts. (Hint: PolyCYSTIC)
These cysts form on your ovaries (Hint: OVARIAN) and take many different shapes, and sizes.
Doctors are not yet sure why PCOS is around, and currently, there is no cure.
In fact, the only way that you can be diagnosed with PCOS is by at least 3 or 4 of the PCOS symptoms listed below, and an ultrasound.
As a fellow woman who has dealt with PCOS for 2 1/2 years, I promise that research, research, research will make you feel a little more at ease. And as always, if something happens you feel is not normal, see a doctor! I promise they will be able to help much better than I can.
So, let's get down to it!
PCOS causes a number of things:
*Weight gain/Weight loss (with the most common being weight gain)
*Unwanted hair growth (Facial hair, back, stomach, arms)
*Depression (always see a doctor if you believe you're suffering from depression)
There is a way to combat all of these symptoms!
Regular diet and exercise are key to maintaining a healthy weight, and helping the body stray away from diabetes, and heart disease.
There are numerous OTC products you can try with hair loss. Research to find what might work best for you. Personally, I use Mane & Tail shampoo and conditioner. This particular brand is made for horses, but can be used by humans, as labeled on the products. The shampoo helped my hair to grow longer, and made my hair thicker in the process.
Infertility is one of the harder things to deal with. Doctors will suggest trying to conceive on your own with your partner at first. You will need to keep track of your ovulation (which may be harder if you have irregular periods) If that method fails there are medications your doctor may talk to you about in order to try to stimulate ovulation,
Irregular periods are often combated with birth control. If you have irregular periods, but you are interested in trying to conceive, see the above paragraph about infertility.
BC helps irregular periods by regulating hormones and inducing a normal, more regular cycle. BC will also help with abnormal hair growth caused by PCOS!
Among all of these things perhaps the most surprising to me was Diabetes. With PCOS, some women may deal with insulin resistance. Meaning that the body doesn't respond to insulin in the right manner, and this causes blood pressure to rise. High blood pressure is bad.
Your doctor may suggest metformin. Metformin is a pill that you take once or twice daily, that helps your body regulate insulin. Taken correctly, and paired with diet and exercise, over time, with practically reverse the symptoms of high blood pressure. Metformin also has numerous side effects. The biggest and typically worst for women is diarrhea. You may also feel lightheaded, and nauseas. Always remember to take metformin after a meal. This will help your stomach settle a little more while the medicine is doing its thing.
PCOS can be a scary thing. It's hard to control, it's frustrating, and it's no fun.
The good thing is that you can take steps that lighten your symptoms. You have options. Talk with your doctor to figure out what best supports your needs and go for! You may have to live with PCOS, but that doesn't mean that PCOS has to live with you.