Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. What does this even mean?
A condition in which women have high levels of male hormones, increasing the risk of irregular or absent menstrual cycles, infertility, obesity, ovarian cysts, heart disease, and diabetes. PCOS is associated with insulin resistance. PubMed Health Glossary
(Source: NIH – National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)
PCOS is diagnosed by having 2 or 3 symptoms. The 3 symptoms are
- Absence of ovulation leading to absent or irregular periods.
- Excess body hair
- Cysts on one or both ovaries
This means you could have polycystic ovarian syndrome without having cysts on your ovaries but having irregular periods and excess body hair. PCOS is one of the most common reason many women are suffering from infertility today! Other common symptoms you may notice include:
- Weight gain
- Thinning hair/hair loss
- Sleep problems
- Pelvic pain
If you have noticed any symptoms, the best thing you can do for yourself is get checked out, have your blood drawn to check your hormone levels and find the best treatment for you as every person is different.