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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"

Symptoms:

  • Weight gain

  • Fatigue

  • Excess hair growth on faces, arms, etc. Thinning hair on the head

  • Infertility

  • Acne

  • Mood changes Pelvic pain headaches

  • Sleep problems

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."


SOURCES:

www.pcosaa.org/overview

www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/polycystic-ovary-syndrome

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