Do you have Poly-cystic Ovary Syndrome? If you do, you probably don’t know it.
If you read this and have any more questions (bc this is pretty fast and dirty) or if you think you have PCOS and want advice on how to convince your doctor of the fact, either check out the links to the right or email me – cdp02005 at gmail dot com – and I’ll get back to you asap.
Well, if you’re a dude, you definitely don’t; this is one of those conditions that can come along with having a vagina and attendant ladyparts.
But please, if you’re a woman, give this a once-over and see if this describes you, because according to Dr. Milton Hammerly, 23 out of 24 women who have it don’t knows that they do.
The reason it’s so important to know? It’ll probably kill you if you leave it alone. Well, the syndrome itself won’t, but it puts you at much higher risk for heart disease, diabetes, endometrial cancer, and other scary stuff.
But you don’t have to wait for it to make you miserable! Because if you have PCOS, you’ll have at least some of these symptoms:
- irregular menstrual periods (75-80% of sufferers)
- excess weight, sugar craving, and inability to lose weight (55-80%)
- severe adult acne (40-60%)
- hirsuitism – abnormal/dark hair growth on face and body (60-80%)
- balding (40-70%)
- persistent dandruff
- ovarian cysts
- Less common: dark and velvety patches of skin called acanthosis nigricans, skin tags, and breast discharge.
In short, a woman with PCOS in her natural state is an obese, balding woman gently powdered in dandruff and sporting the facial hair and skin condition of a 15-year-old boy. And possibly discolored skin patches. Or skin tags.
Unsurprisingly, depression often accompanies PCOS.
There’s no cure for PCOS, but it is manageable, and it’s incredibly important that you do manage it. Getting control of your weight, specifically, can often make the other symptoms all but disappear. Now especially, many women with PCOS will eventually be able to conceive. Most of the damage it does to you is reversible.
If you feel that your body is sabotaging you, it’s possible that it’s not all in your head, possible that you really HAVE done all you can do to control your weight, etc. Be warned, though – if you do think you have PCOS, you may have an upward battle in proving to a doctor that you do. There’s no test for it, and since any symptom or symptoms can be attributed to a host of other things, in my experience doctors won’t bring up PCOS. You have to do it, and you have to be prepared to make a case. But trust me – I fought my body undiagnosed for years, and then fought doctors for a while more once I knew something was wrong. Knowing made all those battles worth it.