Monday, 24 September 2012

PCOS Awareness


September is PCOS awareness month I am a sufferer of this condition
so it sees fit to do a little post on it. 

What is PCOS? 

PCOS is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.
It effects one in ten women 
and is a hormone imbalance 
which means that it can be a cause of 
infertility, weight gain and irregular or absent periods.


Generally women with PCOS can suffer from the following:

- Irregular or absent periods
- Cysts on Ovaries
- Infertility
- Higher chance of miscarriage and/or having a still born 
 - Acne
- Pelvic pain 
- Weight gain and/or difficulty to loose weight 
- Lack of ovulation 
- Heavy/painful periods
-Hair loss/fine hair
- Excess body hair
- Skin tags or darkening of the skin 
- Sleep apnoea
- High blood pressure
- Higher risk of type 2 diabetes
- Higher chance of heart disease 
-  Higher risk of cancer of the uterus
 - Depression 

PCOS can be hard to diagnose 
but a simple blood test and/or ultrasound scan can detect it.





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