Puzzled by PCOS?
It can be overwhelming to find out that you have this puzzling condition, the cause of which is unknown. Despite this, there are many good resources that you can call on to help you live well with PCOS. Here are some key facts to start you off.
What is it?
PCOS is a lifelong endocrine disorder which affects your menstrual cycle, fertility, hormones, metabolism and appearance.
What are the symptoms of PCOS?
Cysts (immature follicles) on the ovaries, absent, heavy or irregular periods, weight gain, difficulty losing weight, excess hair growth on face, chest, stomach, upper thighs, acne on the face or body, darkening patches of skin, loss of hair on your head and problems trying to conceive. Symptoms vary from mild to severe and not all women have all symptoms. Symptoms can affect your mental health so do speak to your GP if you experience mood swings or think you may have depression.
Just diagnosed? What next?
Once a diagnosis is made you may be referred to a Gynaecologist or an Endocrinologist depending on your healthcare providers and the symptoms you are experiencing. We advise women to make a list of any questions you have about your PCOS and take it with you to the first appointment.
Long term health?
There are long term health implications of having PCOS. That’s not to say you will get any or all of these because you may be able to prevent them by acting early. Possibilities include Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease, Endometrial Cancer (it is important to get checked if you have less than 3 periods a year) and Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
The good news!
There are many strategies you can use to help manage your symptoms and they will be featured in more detail in future blog posts. Strategies include eating well with PCOS, physical activity, health supplements, medications, stress management, relaxation techniques, acupuncture and many more.
This information should not be considered as a substitute for medical advice.
© M Busby, 2019