Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is prevalent in my family

Well! Isn’t this interesting? I get to add another set of acronyms to my list of answers to my lifelong quest into the generational behaviors of my family. But this one belongs only to the women: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). This is something that can affect women as young as 11 years of age and stays with them their entire life.

What is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)?

  1. PCOS is a disorder of the ovaries caused by numerous small cysts in both ovaries and characterized by absent menstruation, sterility, obesity, and a distribution of body hair more characteristic of men.
  2. PCOS is a hormonal disorder in women characterized by enlarged ovaries containing numerous small painless cysts, infertility, excessive hair growth, and acne.

VIA EncartaDictionaries

About 15 years ago, a doctor removed a cyst from one of my ovaries and told me there was another one but he stated, “If it doesn’t bother us we won’t bother it.” His idea of ‘bother’ was if the cyst ruptured – excruciating pain when that happens. For some reason, I remained completely oblivious to the seriousness of this event as it affects my everyday life.

A decade and a half later, a young physician’s assistant recently listened to my medical history and then told me to look up PCOS. I have most of the symptoms. So do many women in my family. And I clearly remember aunts and great aunts (now passed on) that had these symptoms.

There are many symptoms which include but are not limited to:

1. Irregular periods.
2. Inability to conceive.
3. Increased testosterone levels, which causes:
a. Excessive facial hair.
b. Loss of hair on top of the head.
c. Depression.
d. Anxiety.
e. Aggressive behavior.

This is the first of many posts I hope to share with all of you regarding Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) – facts, food, available treatments, stories and more.

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