PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)
Learn important PCOS facts. Have informed conversations with your clinician.
What is PCOS?
Effecting 1 in 10 women, PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) is a reproductive hormone imbalance, which creates problems in the ovaries. While the ovaries should make the egg that is released each month as part of a healthy menstrual cycle, with PCOS, the egg may not develop as it should or it may not be released during ovulation as it should be.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Diagnosis and treatment of PCOS remain controversial with challenges defining individual components within the diagnostic criteria, significant clinical heterogeneity generating a range of phenotypes with or without obesity, ethnic differences and variation in clinical features across the life course.
From the International Evidence-Based Guideline for the Assessment and Management of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) (2018)
What are typical PCOS Symptoms?
TRACK YOUR SYMPTOMS TO HELP YOUR DOCTOR HELP YOU
Low sex drive
Excessive body hair growth
Male pattern baldness or thinning hair
Weight changes & trouble losing weight
Trouble conceiving/ infertility
Prevalence & Lack of Information
PCOS affects 5-10% of women of reproductive age, making it more prevalent than diabetes. However, it receives less attention.
— Dr. Marcelle Cedars, Director, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology
UCSF Center for Reproductive Health
PCOS on the Podcast
Listen to the Spotify Podcast Playlist to hear experts speak about PCOS signs, symptoms, and treatment options.
Difference between ovarian cysts and PCOS
What is the main cause of PCOS?
What are the first signs of PCOS?
What is the diagnostic criteria for PCOS?
Can PCOS tests be wrong?
Can birth control cause PCOS?
Is PCOS genetically inherited?
PCOS effects on mental health
What food is best for PCOS?
The Team You Need
PCOS is complex. Build the right team to support you.
(Yes, they should be in one building!)
Helps you with a diagnosis and treatment plan
Ensures you are on a proper diet to manage symptoms
Mental Health Professional
Supports you through the mental health impact many face with PCOS
Should you suffer from hirsutism, your dermatologist can provide suggestions