What is PCOS?

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a combination of symptoms that when all combined together creates a Syndrome. Women with PCOS typically have irregular or missed periods as a result of not ovulating. Although some women may develop cysts on their ovaries, many women do not.

Symptoms may include:

  • Weight gain: Many women with PCOS will have weight gain that is difficult to manage.
  • Fatigue
  • Unwanted hair growth (also known as hirsutism): Areas affected by excess hair growth may include the face, arms, back, chest, thumbs, toes, and abdomen.
  • Thinning hair on the head
  • Infertility: PCOS is a leading cause of female infertility.
  • Acne: Hormonal changes related to excess androgens can lead to oily skin and acne problems. Other skin changes such as the development of skin tags and darkened patches of skin can also be related to PCOS.
  • Mood changes: Having PCOS can increase the likelihood of mood swings, depression, and anxiety.
  • Pelvic pain: Pelvic pain may occur with periods, along with heavy bleeding.
  • Headaches
  • Sleep problems: Women with PCOS often report problems such as insomnia or poor sleep.
  • Abnormal Menstruation: Absence of menstruation, heavy menstruation, irregular menstruation and untimely spotting occur in women with PCOS.

The symptoms vary from woman to woman, but they all have one thing in common… They are all a hormonal imbalance due to a blood sugar disregulation.

High insulin triggers the ovaries to increase production of the androgen (male) hormones, testosterone and DHEA. We as women do normally produce these hormones, but in women with PCOS, testosterone and DHEA production is elevated. It is these elevated androgen hormones that bring about the typical symptoms of PCOS. Some 70% of women with PCOS have insulin resistance.

PCOS is not a condition one is born with, but a condition that develops due to environment interacting with genes. This includes what you eat, how often you exercise, stress levels, environmental toxins, synthetic hormones, etc.


Not a happy uterus, PCOS makes…

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