The last time we wrote about polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) was last September; it’s September again, and again, it’s PCOS Awareness Month. This is a campaign sponsored by the Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association and is (obviously) designed to help women become aware of this relatively common problem (5-10% of women of childbearing age suffer with it).
Once again, we list the symptoms to help those among us recognize the problem:
• infrequent menstrual periods, no menstrual periods, and/or irregular bleeding
• infertility or inability to get pregnant because of not ovulating
• increased growth of hair on the face, chest, stomach, back, thumbs, or toes
• acne, oily skin, or dandruff
• pelvic pain
• obesity, usually carrying extra weight around the waist
• type 2 diabetes
• high cholesterol
• high blood pressure
• male-pattern baldness or thinning hair
• patches of thickened and dark brown or black skin on the neck, arms, breasts, or thighs
• skin tags, or tiny excess flaps of skin in the armpits or neck area
• sleep apnea―excessive snoring and breathing stops at times while asleep
Polycystic ovarian syndrome can be treated. If you recognize these symptoms in yourself or someone you know, consult a physician. It is a problem that is becoming increasingly recognized by the healthcare community, although you may have to be the one who asks whether Pcos could be the reason for your struggles.
Why not consider a different approach that addresses the unique hormonal and biological differences with women and weight. Consider our healthy weight loss program for women, Green Mountain at Fox Run.