In honor of PCOS Awareness Month, I thought I would bring some facts and encouragement to ya!
First, did you know that Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a prevalent, hormone-based condition among 1 in 10 women? PCOS is an imbalance in a woman’s hormone production. The “all over the place hormones” affect the body and cause numerous symptoms to manifest an onset of PCOS. Many women experience abnormal menstrual cycles, body-hair growth, skin issues, heart issues and sadly fertility and pregnancy issues.
Here are some facts about PCOS that can help you understand what is going on in your body a bit better:
- PCOS is the most widespread endocrine disorder in the world today.
- Women with PCOS are more at risk if you have Type 1, Type 2, or gestational diabetes.
- PCOS is hard to diagnose. There are many criteria physicians utilize when diagnosing PCOS. Irregular periods are often the first sign. However, this symptom alone doesn’t determine if you have the illness
- Early diagnosis is important with PCOS to lower the risk of cardiovascular complications.
- Because of delayed menstruation, a woman with PCOS can experience infertility due to abnormal ovulation.
- Women with PCOS experience a higher risk of developing gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, or the likelihood of having a miscarriage.
- Babies born to women with PCOS are prone to fetal macrosomia, which is when the newborn is significantly larger than normal.
- PCOS can cause sleep apnea, depression, anxiety, and diabetes.
- Managing PCOS is best served by weight loss, a healthy diet and exercise.
- Studies have shown that women who smoke cigarettes have a higher level of androgens in their system. These are the pesky hormones responsible for most of the physical symptoms of PCOS, including excessive hair growth and acne.
I have personally dealt with PCOS since I was a teen. It hasn’t been fun. I have learned to manage symptoms with a healthy diet, lifestyle change and managing my stress levels. Finding a good support system has been key for me as well! I hope some of these facts can help you understand what your body is going through and can help navigate through PCOS!
I’m thankful that there is more research going on to help educate us all on this disorder! If you have been diagnosed with PCOS, please know you are NOT alone and it is NOT the end! YOU GOT THIS SISTER!!!!