I found out a few days ago that September is PCOS Awareness Month. This is a big portion of my life, so I wanted to make sure that I did my best to raise awareness for PCOS because as it turns out, 1 in 10 women have PCOS. ONE IN TEN. Seriously, that is so, so, so many. I can't even handle how many people are affected by PCOS and honestly, most of them don't even know it. Most women don't find out that they have PCOS until they try to get pregnant. SO for today's post I wanted to share a few facts about PCOS for those who may not know that they have PCOS.
It needs to be noted that doctors don't have an exact cause for PCOS and that there is no cure for PCOS, but there are things that can help fight the symptoms.
Symptoms of PCOS
Irregular or missed periods
Cysts (but not everyone gets these)
Fatigue + sleep problems
Unwanted hair growth (face, arms, back, chest, thumbs, toes, abdomen)
Thinning hair on the head
Infertility — a leading cause of female infertility
Acne — skin tags & darkened patches
Mood changes — mood swings, depression & anxiety
Excess Androgen (male hormone)
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WebMD says, “All bodies need both ‘male’ and ‘female’ hormones to work right, but a woman with PCOS has too much of the male kind.”
WebMD also says, “Doctors don’t know exactly why you get it, but some researchers think high levels of insulin are at the root of this illness.”
This information was very interesting for me because I actually got tested for Diabetes because I was having trouble with food and my energy levels. When the test results for Diabetes came back negative, the doctors basically just gave me a pill to take to stop the nausea and vomiting (TMI??) but I was never given an answer. It wasn't until about 3 years later when Parker and I went to an Infertility Specialist that I was diagnosed with PCOS.