5 Things You Might Not Know About PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is an endocrine disorder characterized by excess androgens, cysts, and irregular periods. While the cause of PCOS is not yet known, specialists believe the syndrome may be hereditary and linked to insulin resistance and low-grade inflammation. 

A PCOS diagnosis can cause you to feel both relief and worry. You now know the root of your problems, but you’re probably wondering how the syndrome will affect your life moving forward. 

In this article, our team of specialists at Damon Cobb OB/GYN share a few of the lesser-known facts about PCOS to help you get a better understanding of your diagnosis. 

1. Most women with PCOS have children

Although PCOS decreases your chances of getting pregnant, most women suffering from PCOS manage to carry a pregnancy successfully when treated. 

As a PCOS sufferer, though, you’re more likely to carry a pregnancy successfully if you have your insulin resistance under control, have children at a younger age, and are at a healthy weight. 

2. You can have PCOS without cysts

The name of the syndrome is a bit deceiving because you don’t necessarily need to have polycystic ovaries to be diagnosed with PCOS. To get the diagnosis, you must have at least two of the three primary symptoms: ovarian cysts, excess androgens, and irregular periods. 

3. Slim women can develop PCOS too

Estimates show that 80% of women suffering from PCOS are either overweight or obese. However, you can still have insulin resistance and excess androgens without being overweight or obese.

4. PCOS is the most common endocrine disorder 

Estimates show that one in 10 women of reproductive age have PCOS. However, many women suffering from PCOS are undiagnosed, as the symptoms of PCOS sometimes overlap with other conditions or are too mild to attract medical attention.

A study shows that up to up to 69% of women with PCOS may be undiagnosed. 

5. Medications alone aren’t enough to manage PCOS

Lifestyle changes are key for managing PCOS. Because the condition is fueled by insulin resistance, consuming a diet low in sugars and exercising regularly may help balance your hormones and reduce your need for medication. 

On the other hand, if you only focus on taking your medications and don’t make any lifestyle changes, you may put yourself at risk of developing other complications such as obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Don’t let PCOS rule your life

While not a life-threatening ailment, PCOS comes with many challenges. Women suffering from this syndrome are at high risk for anxiety and depression. Cosmetic issues such as hair loss, hirsutism, and acne can all take a toll on a woman’s self-esteem. 

But don’t let PCOS scare you. With a few lifestyle changes and the right treatment plan, you can reduce or eliminate your symptoms and enjoy a worry-free life. 

If you live in Poway, California and want to learn more about how you can conquer PCOS, contact us to schedule an appointment and receive expert advice. 

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