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PCOS – Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Hey there, let’s talk about PCOS – Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. It’s like that unexpected guest at a party who just won’t show up, but messes with your hormones instead of partying. I’ve had my share of dance-offs with PCOS, so I get that. Here’s a list of what you need to know, interspersed with a few personal anecdotes.

PCOS – Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
PCOS – Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  1. Irregular time: Ah, the joy of Aunt Flo’s surprise visit. With PCOS, it’s like the story of her wandering libido. Sometimes he shows up unexpectedly, sometimes he’s MIA for months. Picture me, back in college, worrying about whether I should buy a pregnancy test whenever my period decided to ghost me for a few months.
  2. Excess androgens: Androgens are those pesky hormones that can ruin your mojo. Think facial hair sprouting like weeds, pimples deciding your face is their new home, and hair loss. Yeah, been there, done that. One day I swear I could shave my nose hair. Good times.
  3. Multicystic ovaries: Let’s talk about those ovaries – the little problems that cause all the noise. Like clusters of grapes, they are filled with juice rather than fruit. And instead of alcohol, they just cause chaos in your reproductive system. Oh, and don’t forget those eggs are actually doing what they’re supposed to be doing – they’re too busy playing hide and seek.
  4. Causes: No one knows exactly what causes a PCOS party, but there are a few suspects. Insulin resistance, genetics and inflammation seem to be the most common suspects. Personally, I blame genetics – thanks, Mom and Dad!
  5. Complications: Left unchecked, PCOS can wreak havoc on your body. There’s the increased risk of endometrial cancer, infertility (cue the panic), and a bunch of obesity-related fun like high blood pressure and diabetes. Oh joy, right?
  6. Diagnosis: How do you know if you’re battling PCOS? It’s hard to detect. Your doctor will typically take a look at your medical history, run tests, and schedule an ultrasound date for your ovaries. It’s not romantic.
  7. Treatment Options: So, what can you do about it? Well, there’s the lifestyle route – think diet tweaks, exercise, and stress-busting activities like yoga (cue the zen music). Then there are medications like birth control pills and anti-androgens. And for the brave souls out there, there’s even ovarian drilling – sounds fun, right? (Spoiler alert: it’s not).

Remember, it’s all about finding what works for you. Your journey with PCOS is as unique as you are. So, grab your favorite stress-relief tea, cozy up, and chat with your doc about crafting a plan that fits like your favorite pair of sweatpants. You got this, warrior! 🌸