I hope you guys are having a good day today. I am glad it is a new day! I had a rough weekend, last night was a struggle, and yes I had some meals not even worth mentioning. BUT I have been running and I must say I am getting addicted lol.
Its a new day though, and it is PCOS awareness month and I am just so excited!! PCOS is dear to my heart! NO ONE KNOWS WHAT IT IS????
I am doing a 4 part posting about what PCOS is. I figure I would break it down in 4 parts because it can be a lot of information thrown at you at once for someone new to understanding what PCOS is. This week I will just explain what PCOS is and what is its impact.
WHAT IS PCOS?
Lets start off with what PCOS actually stands for. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). According to womenhealth.gov PCOS affects the women’s ovaries that can cause a number of health problems. 1.
These health problems are:
-Menstrual cycle disruptions
-ability to have children
These are main systems of the body that are being affected by this syndrome and there is little research out there on the syndrome. Even finding the definition to what PCOS is exactly is still up in the air and changing daily. 2.
Women with PCOS usually have 2 of the 3 conditions:
-absence of ovulation leading to irregular or no periods
-high levels of the hormone androgens which cause symptoms like excess body and facial hair
-cysts on one or both ovaries (fluid-filled sacs)
According to National Institute of Health 1 in every 10 to 15 women between the ages of 18-44 has PCOS, that is approximately 5 million women here in the USA and most women are not even diagnose with PCOS until childbearing age.
Young girls who have not even started there periods can be affected by PCOS. If you are a women who has a mother or sibling with PCOS this puts you at higher risk for PCOS. Women who are obese are also at risk for PCOS, but there are women who are diagnose with PCOS that are not obese or even overweight.
Next week I will breakdown the clinical manifestation of PCOS and the signs and symptoms of PCOS.
If you want to learn more about PCOS check out some of these links down below.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Women’s Health. (2010). Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) fact sheet. Retrieved September 2, 2014 from http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/polycystic-ovary-syndrome.html [top]
- National Institutes of Health, Health & Research. (2012).Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): Condition Information. Retrieved September 2, 2014 from http://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/PCOS/conditioninfo/Pages/default.aspx