Did you know that an estimated five million women of childbearing age in the United States have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)? Chances are that because of its prevalence you may have had it yourself, know someone who has, or at the very least, you’ve heard of it. There is help and I might have some for you!
There’s a lot to know about this common
and sometimes serious syndrome.
According to Mayo Clinic, “PCOS is a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age. Women with PCOS may have infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods or excess male hormone (androgen) levels. The ovaries may develop numerous small collections of fluid (follicles) and fail to regularly release eggs.”
But, how exactly does this affect the person that has it?
Left untreated, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome can lead to any number of things including (but not limited to), diabetes, heart disease, and the formation of cysts on the ovaries. While the cysts themselves are usually benign, their formation can cause hormone imbalances that can lead to other complications.
How is PCOS diagnosed?
In most cases, your doctor will want to complete a full examination that includes measuring weight and blood pressure. A blood test that screens a number of factors such as, cholesterol, glucose, insulin and of course, hormone levels will also need to be performed. Once completed, your doctor will be able to evaluate the results and make his or her determination as to whether or not you are at risk for PCOS or if you already have it.
What are the symptoms of PCOS?
Symptoms related to PCOS can be tricky to spot at times because some of them can be quite common. Sudden weight gain, fatigue, acne, mood changes, and trouble sleeping can all be attributed to PCOS and any number of other issues. Unique symptoms to watch out for include excess hair growth on the face, neck, back, fingers, etc. – OR sudden thinning of the hair. If you experience either of these in combination with the other symptoms, it’s time to talk to your doctor about getting tested.
What are the risk factors for PCOS?
Unfortunately, the biggest risk factor for PCOS is family history. If anyone from your mother or father’s side had it, you are at a higher risk. At this time the exact cause is not known. This is why it is so important to know your family history and to keep an open dialogue with your doctor. In my Coaching Program, we talk about your hormones and having healthy ovaries. If you haven’t checked it out yet, what are you waiting for? Hop on over!
How can I prevent PCOS?
While there is no conclusive evidence that indicates the causes of PCOS other than heredity, some argue that proper nutrition and exercise are good ways to prevent it. Either way, having a healthy diet and active lifestyle is something you should have anyway and can’t possibly hurt.
While there is no treatment for the underlying cause of PCOS, doctors will prescribe any number of remedies to treat its symptoms. This can include birth control to manage hormone levels, diet and exercise to battle weight gain, certain medications to combat acne, and in extreme cases, surgery to remove cysts from the ovaries.
If you are have questions about PCOS, making lasting changes to your lifestyle, then it’s time to get on the phone with me to schedule your complimentary consult. I offer several options for you to explore.
The key to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is early detection. By being self-aware, listening to your body, and keeping your doctor in the loop with any symptoms or changes, you’ll stand a better chance of catching it early and avoiding any complications associated with prolonged PCOS.
PCOS doesn’t have to rule your life. Stay educated and in tune with your body and be comfortable reaching out to your doctor!
“Nicole supported me through my PCOS journey. I couldn’t figure out what was up with my body. I went to a doctor who gave me prescription and no diagnosis. Nicole called it, she said go see this other doctor to get to the bottom of this and to find the root cause. She mentioned PCOS so I asked the new doctor and he agreed that PCOS had hit me like a train. I never needed birth control pills before now– I am very young. I have changed my diet, I exercise, and I am getting my hormones in check with the help of Nicole’s plan.” Diana, Metuchen NJ 2016