September is PCOS awareness month! So, in honor of spreading awareness and to help further educate women on this condition, we have compiled a quick list of the most common signs of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.
First, What is PCOS?
PCOS is a common condition that affects 1 and 10 women. Women with PCOS produce higher-than-normal amounts of male hormones causing an imbalance in their bodies. This is what leads to skipped menstrual periods and in turn, makes it harder to get pregnant.
Many women have PCOS but don’t know it. Studies show that up to 70 percent of women with PCOS are not properly been diagnosed. Some doctors also believe PCOS to be a genetic trait, meaning the condition might run in the family.
Signs of PCOS:
- Irregular or prolonged periods
- Unwanted/extra hair
- Excessive bloating and cramps during menstruation
- Pelvic pain
- Rapid weight gain
How to Treat PCOS:
- Birth control pills
- Diabetes drugs (which combat insulin resistance, a PCOS symptom)
- Frequent exercise
- Healthy diet
Trying to get pregnant?
Do you think you may have PCOS or have been diagnosed and are struggling to conceive? Schedule a consultation with our specialists today!