It’s Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS Awareness Month. PCOS is an endocrine disorder that affects 1 in 10 women, more than 7 million total.
More women suffer from PCOS than the number of people diagnosed with breast cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and lupus combined.
With PCOS, many women develop cysts because of a hormonal imbalance. Insulin may also be linked to it.
PCOS Symptoms can include infertility, abnormal menstrual cycles, weight gain, pain, and more.
Your doctor can perform an exam or tests to check for signs and symptoms of PCOS. Ask about them at your next well-woman visit.
If you suffer from PCOS, you’re more likely to have serious health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and sleep apnea.
There isn’t a cure for PCOS, but your doctor can help you treat it and its symptoms. You can also donate time or money.