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Seven clues you may have PCOS - and what to do next

Sunday, March 27, 2016
PCOS (or polycystic ovarian syndrome) is a widespread hormone condition that can steal your fertility, erode your self-esteem and increase your vulnerability to adult onset diabetes. Here are seven clues you may have PCOS, and what to do next.

1. Your periods are irregular, or completely absent; perhaps only every few months. This is the clue that often prompts women to seek help; because your periods should slip into a regular monthly-or-so rhythm within a year of starting.

2. You have thick male–pattern hair growing on your face and body. Hirsutism is the technical term for this self-esteem eroding symptom of PCOS. It’s caused by over-sensitivity to increased levels of androgen hormones.

3. You have intractable acne despite good skin care. Like hirsutism, acne diminishes your self-esteem, and is also caused by too much androgen (male) hormones in circulation.

4. You have had trouble conceiving a baby. Like infrequent periods, difficulty in conceiving can be the way many women discover they have PCOS. This can especially happen when you’ve come off the pill to try for a baby, because the dysfunction of your ovaries was masked by the pill’s artificial cycle.

5. You have to keep topping up with sugary or carbohydrate foods otherwise your energy slumps
, and it feels like immense sugar and carb cravings have control of you. Insulin resistance is a core trigger for PCOS and also a core focus for treatment. 

6. Your waist measurement is greater than 88cm and weight loss just doesn’t happen despite doing all the right things. The complex interplay between fat cells on your tummy, your ovaries, and the hormones they help produce can make weight really stick to you, unfairly.

7. Your moods aren’t the best – perhaps anxious or depressed, or experiencing mood swings. If the symptoms of PCOS weren’t enough to dampen your mood, then your insulin resistance can promote mood swings, and systemic inflammation can promote depression.

These are just some of the signs of PCOS. Your medical practitioner can ascertain the official diagnosis and offer medical treatment options. Your naturopath can also help, through natural remedies and by coaching you through the diet and lifestyle changes essential to successful treatment of PCOS. 

Ready to take the next step? Have a look at this article about how to empower your PCOS Diagnosis. 

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