Polycystic Ovary (Ovarian) Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder and sometimes called as an ‘endocrine’ disorder. Research shows that it affects between 5% and 10% of all women of childbearing age regardless of race or nationality.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) refers to the tiny cysts found in the ovary. Using an ultrasound, you can see them as black dots in an ovary. These cysts are the eggs that failed to mature and were not released from the ovary.
Top Polycystic Ovary Sydnrome (PCOS) Myths
1. All women with PCOS have polycystic ovaries
"PCOS is diagnosed using symptoms and blood tests, but an ultrasound is not always necessary, as the presence or absence of polycystic ovaries does not matter for diagnosis."
2. You will never have children
"Some women with PCOS do fall pregnant naturally and others will need medical assistance to get pregnant."
3. All Women with PCOS are fat/obese
"Many women with PCOS do have an excess weight problem but there are also quite a few who don't."
4. Lose weight and everything will be better
"For women with PCOS , losing some weight helps balance hormone levels, improve symptoms and may help restore or boost their fertility."
5. Low fat/high carbohydrate diets are the way to go
"In the past when PCOS patients were told to lose weight, they were given a low fat/high carb diet. All this did was made the PCOS patient gain more weight. There is still not enough research about which sort of diet is best for women with PCOS. At the moment, the studies show that any calorie-controlled, healthy diet will help women lose weight and improve their symptoms."
6. PCOS is a great syndrome to have...
"Some women might envy the fact that PCOS women sometimes have very few periods. However, PCOS is associated with a number of significant health risks and unpleasant symptoms. "
7. My aunt had a cyst on her ovary and had 8 children
"If a woman with PCOS has cysts (and they aren't compulsory) then they are follicular cysts from unreleased eggs. Other women (and even those with PCOS) can experience other types of cysts which may not affect their fertility."
All these information is an extract from the website of the Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association of Australia Inc. (POSAA).
Nad's is a principal sponsor of POSSA. One of the symptoms of PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) is excessive body and facial hair. It is a symptom or condition that many people don't know or understand.
Nad's proudly supports POSAA in reaching out and supporting women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). It is a national support and advocacy group for PCOS women, their partners and families.
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