Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition effecting female hormone levels, periods, and ovulation. Often this condition can cause infertility, irregular menstrual cycles, and ovarian cysts. PCOS can also lead to other health conditions due to the symptoms experienced, such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
Like many women’s health issues involving the reproductive system there is still extensive research needed on the subject. Due to the fact that the information about POCS is limited many myths have been created.
Myths about PCOS
“If I have POCS I will not be able to get pregnant.” – MYTH
There are some women that are able to become pregnant with little to no assistance even though they have POCS. Just because you have been diagnosed with POCS does not mean you are 100% unable to get pregnant. However, if you have POCS and are struggling becoming pregnant then a fertility doctor will help aid you in the process
“I would know if I have PCOS.” – MYTH
The symptoms of PCOS can be vague, range in severity, and be similar to symptoms of other conditions, which will sometimes make it hard to diagnosis. Often some women have no idea the have PCOS until they are having trouble becoming pregnant.
“All women with POCS are overweight or will become overweight.” –MYTH
Even though weight gain and obesity are common in women with PCOS, it is not a fact that all women with POCS will have weight related issues. However, if you do struggle with your weight and have POCS it has been found that losing weight (even just 5 lbs) will help regulate your hormone imbalance.
This week I will be starting my first twitter support group. We will be discussing symptoms, coping strategies, and offer support on how to cope with PCOS. Join me @ElizabethNDrew #womenhealthstress on Friday 10/12/12 @ 10:00am est.