“You cannot get pregnant!” If you are a PCOS patient and someone ever told you this, DO NOT LISTEN TO THEM because THAT IS A LIE and definitely one of the common myths circulating regarding this issue! Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or widely known as PCOS is a common hormonal disorder that affects women of reproductive age. Irregular periods, weight gain and hair loss are some common symptoms one experiences during PCOS but fret not ladies, PCOS is common and you are not alone!
While the exact cause of PCOS is not fully understood, it is believed to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Unfortunately, myth after myth and various misconceptions surrounding PCOS is making it difficult for us, women to identify and manage the condition effectively. In this article, Lumirous will debunk some of the most common PCOS myths and provide you with accurate information about this condition.
Myth #1: PCOS only affects women who are overweight
One of the most common myths about PCOS is that it only affects women who are overweight or obese. Well, yes but weight gain and obesity can exacerbate PCOS symptoms, it is not the sole cause of this condition! In fact, many women with PCOS are of average weight or even underweight.
PCOS is caused by a hormonal imbalance, specifically an excess of androgens (male hormones) in the female body. This hormonal imbalance can lead to a range of symptoms, including irregular periods, acne, and hair growth.
Myth #2: All women with PCOS have ovarian cysts
Another myth about PCOS is that all women with the condition have ovarian cysts. While it is true that many women with PCOS have cysts on their ovaries but not all do. In fact, some women with PCOS may have normal-looking ovaries on ultrasound.
The presence or absence of ovarian cysts is not a reliable way to diagnose PCOS, hence the doctors will typically use a combination of symptoms, blood tests, and imaging studies to come up with a diagnosis.
Myth #3: PCOS always causes infertility
While PCOS can certainly make it more difficult to conceive, it does not always cause infertility. Many women with PCOS are able to conceive naturally or with the help of fertility treatments such as IVF!
However, women with PCOS may be at a higher risk of certain complications during pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. That is why, women with PCOS are advised to work closely and consult with professionals and doctors to manage the condition during pregnancy.
Myth #4: PCOS is a rare condition
PCOS is actually quite common, affecting an estimated 10% of women of reproductive age. However, because the symptoms of PCOS can vary widely from one person to another, and because there is no single definitive test for the condition, it can be difficult to diagnose.
Bestie, if you are experiencing the symptoms and are concerned that you might have PCOS, you should speak with the doctors as soon as possible.
Myth #5: There is no treatment for PCOS
While there is no cure for PCOS, worry not girlies, it is reversible! There are many treatments available to manage the symptoms of the condition.
Lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise is where you can start! It helps to regulate menstrual cycles and reduce insulin resistance, which is often associated with PCOS. Medications and supplements, such as birth control and metformin, can also be effective in managing PCOS symptoms. However, surgery may be necessary in some cases to remove ovarian cysts or induce ovulation.
In conclusion, PCOS is a common hormonal disorder that can cause a range of symptoms, including irregular periods, acne, and hair growth. While there are many myths and misconceptions surrounding PCOS, it is important for us, women to seek accurate information about the condition and consult with professionals in order to manage it effectively.
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