National Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Awareness Month
PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) is an illness that affects about 10 million people worldwide.
“affects 1 in 10 women worldwide.”
"Between 5% and 10% of women between 15 and 44 have PCOS"
Excess hair growth on faces, arms, etc. Thinning hair on the head
Mood changes Pelvic pain headaches
There currently is no cure but there are some medicines a doctor can recommend to help with some symptoms (ex. birth control for irregular periods).
“Recent studies found that:
More than 50 percent of women with PCOS will have diabetes or pre-diabetes (impaired glucose tolerance) before the age of 40.
The risk of heart attack is 4 to 7 times higher in women with PCOS than women of the same age without PCOS.
Women with PCOS are at greater risk of having high blood pressure.
Women with PCOS have high levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and low levels of HDL (good) cholesterol.
Women with PCOS can develop sleep apnea. This is when breathing stops for short periods of time during sleep.
Women with PCOS may also develop anxiety and depression.
Women with PCOS are also at risk for endometrial cancer."