From puberty and mood swings to childbirth and menopause, hormones are responsible for significant changes throughout every step of a woman’s life.
A lot of times, inconveniences such as acne, mood swings, and period irregularities are dismissed as a natural part of womanhood. But they can also be signs of an underlying hormonal imbalance.
Nearly 15% of women are living with a hormonal disorder called polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
What is PCOS?
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), is a metabolic and hormonal disorder that can cause small cysts to grow on the ovaries. While the cysts are not harmful, they lead to hormone imbalances. PCOS can affect women as early as their adolescent years and continue throughout menopause.
PCOS is defined by several symptoms, including menstrual irregularity, fertility problems, excess hair growth, and obesity. However, not every woman with PCOS will experience it the same way.
If you’re putting up with the following conditions, you could be living with PCOS.
- Do you have menstrual irregularities, such as the absence of your period for several months at a time or very heavy, prolonged periods?
- Do you deal with acne, oily skin, changes in coloration, and darkening and thickening of skin?
- Have you had trouble getting pregnant or experience infrequent ovulation?
- Do you gain weight gain or have difficulty losing weight, regardless of diet and activity level?
- Do you have thinning hair or hair loss on your head or have excess hair growth in unwanted places, including your face?
Listen to your body. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, there is good news! Kettering Reproductive Medicine offers a comprehensive pathway for women with PCOS of all ages including consultation, treatment, ongoing management, and necessary referrals.
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