Most recently i decided to post pictures on my instagram about my pcos. I either share with you my new eating habits. Such as, eating less gluten-free foods or my new go to diary-free products. I’ve had some of you message me on my instagram or here on my wordpress asking me what is pcos or asking me if i’m okay. I decided to open up more about this and put together this post to inform you about this syndrome that affects 1 in 5 Women.
Let me start off with the definiton:
PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
“Poly” means “many”, so “polycystic” means “many cysts”. As the rest of the name refers to, these cysts are located on the ovaries.
In short PCOS gets its name from the clusters of small, pearl-sized cysts in the ovaries. The cysts, called follicles, are fluid-filled bubbles containing eggs that are still immature.
PCOS is the most common hormonal disorder among women in the reproductive age and is the leading cause of infertility.
The symptoms are many and can seem unrelated, which means that the disorder often goes undiagnosed.
I was diagnosed with PCOS January 2016. I went to my OBGYN because I was suffering from unexplained pelvic pain. the proceeded with a pelvic exam. Everything was good. Still with doubt he scheduled me for a pelvic ultrasound. That’s when he found problem. The monitor displayed the sac of cyst resting inside one of my ovaries. He took the time to explain to me the reason why i had them in there.
Due to my body’s overproduction and high levels of hormone. the extra testosterone production in the ovary causes disturbances in the body, which causes the eggs to not complete. which also cause the egg to die on the ovary turning into a cyst. This cause women the big possibility of not ovulating frequently
SO WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS…
The list is long and not everyone experiences all of the symptoms!
I have only listed the symptoms I know about from my own research and from what my doctors have told me.
However, as more and more medical research is done, new discoveries are made. So it is possible that there are other symptoms and complications linked to PCOS than those listed here.
I have marked the symptoms I have with a *.
(I don’t know if this is a symptom for me yet – but the doctors are saying that I should expect this!)
- Infrequent, absent or irregular menstrual periods – not ovulating or very infrequent ovulating.*
- Regular but extreme menstrual periods
- High levels of testosterone (a male sex hormone)*
- Hirsutism* (increased hair growth on the face*/ chest*/ stomach*/back*/ thumbs/ toes*)
- Cysts on the ovaries*
- Acne/ oily skin and/or dandruff
- Weight gain or obesity – usually with extra weight around the waist.
- Male pattern baldness or thinning of the hair
- Patches of skin on the neck, arms (armpits), breasts, and/or thighs that are thick and darker (brown/black)
- Skin tags – excess flaps of skin in the armpits or neck
- Pelvic pain*
- Anxiety or depression*
- Sleep apnea*
- A feeling of being tired despite regular sleeping patterns*
- Abdominal pain
- Abdominal problems* (stomach and bowl issues)
- Muscle soreness/a feeling of heaviness in the muscles
COMPLICATIONS THAT CAN COME WITH PCOS:
With PCOS a number of complications can follow – they are not a certainty but are all tied to the problems caused by PCOS.
Sometimes doctors will find these complications first and diagnose them, without finding the underlying problem – PCOS.
So be aware that these complications can be symptoms of PCOS as well.
- Diabetes, elevated insulin levels, or insulin resistance.
- Heart and blood vessel diseases including high blood pressure.
- Cancer of the uterus.
- Sleep apnea.
There are many websites where you can get more information on the matter – a simple search on google can lead to a lot of information. Other than that I can recommend talking to you doctor about helping you! (Bring the list of symptoms and do some research first – that can really really help!!!)
I will frequently write about PCOS – it is such a big part of my life!
Under the category “BODY”
Do you have PCOS? Or are you thinking you might?
I would love to hear from you – so please feel welcome to comment down below.