Disclaimer: I am not a PCOS expert, I’m just learning about the condition myself. This FAQ page used information from the NHS choices website.
What is PCOS?
PCOS is short for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
What does that mean?
It means that there are lots of little under developed sacs in which eggs develop. It can mean that the sacs aren’t able to release an egg which means you don’t ovulate.
Do I have PCOS?
It is estimated that 1 in 5 women have PCOS, but more than half of these don’t have any symptoms.
What causes it?
We don’t know what the exact cause it, but it doesn’t often run in families. It’s related to a lot of things, but we’re not sure whether it causes them or they cause it.
Is there a cure?
There is currently no cure for PCOS, but symptoms can be managed. They say losing weight and eating healthily can help, but it is harder to lose weight when you have PCOS due to the excess hormones in your body.
What are the symptoms?
- Excessively painful, irregular or no periods.
- Excessive hair growth (hirsutism) – usually on the face, chest, back or bum.
- Thinning hair and hair loss from the head.
- Weight gain.
- Oily skin or acne.
- Difficulty getting pregnant.
The symptoms differ from woman to woman and some women don’t have any symptoms at all. They usually show themselves between the ages of 17 and 25.
What should I do if I think I have PCOS?
Make an appointment to see your doctor. I will share my finding out story in a separate blog post, which I will link here, but you can also find it on the front page.