What is PCOS?

Polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS is a disorder that can affect your overall health. PCOS can effect the hormones, the reproductive system and metabolic system.

Symptoms

A normal menstrual cycle lasts 28 days. Missed, early, or late periods are also considered signs of an irregular cycle. Menstrual bleeding is considered irregular if it occurs more frequently than every 21 days or lasts longer than 8 days. 

With PCOS, women may have hirsutism. Which cause excessive body hair on parts of the body where hair is normally absent or minimal, such as the chin or chest, or the face and various parts of the body.

Women are more prone to have acne because the glands that secrete the oil are sensitive testosterone. 

This male-pattern hair loss is often seen in women with PCOS. Thinning hair due to the effects of male hormones (androgens) is called androgenic alopecia. 

With PCOS, the body has difficulty using the hormone insulin, which normally helps convert sugars and starches from foods into energy. Which can contribute to difficultly losing weight.

Skin tags, and acanthosis nigricans are common to women who have PCOS. 

Leaving PCOS untreated can lead to:

Diabetes
High blood pressure – which can lead to heart disease and stroke
Unhealthy cholesterol
Sleep apnea
Depression and anxiety
Endometrial cancer
Infertility

What is your definition of PCOS?

What does PCOS mean to you? From personal experience what is PCOS?