Hey y'all! One of our amazing #publiclysexy members drew my attention to a very important reproductive health condition that she wanted me to share with all of you.
Its called Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is a hormonal disorder common among women within reproductive age (women who still experience a period). Women who have PCOS will either have infrequent or prolonged periods or have excess male hormone levels. They can also have ovaries that produce small follicles which results in failing to release eggs regularly (Mayo Clinic, 2017).
Now the causes for PCOS is unknown which makes it very important to make sure you're speaking to your doctor so that early diagnosis and treatment can occur.
What you can look out for:
When you experience at least two of the following signs, a diagnosis of PCOS may occur.
irregular periods: like having fewer than 9 periods in a year or experiencing more than 35 days in between periods
excess androgen: higher male hormones that could cause excess facial and body hair, occasionally severe acne and male pattern baldness
polycystic ovaries: enlarged ovaries that may have follicles surrounding the egg
If at any point you experience two of these signs or even if you're just concerned about periods or having trouble getting pregnant, you should go see your doctor (Mayo Clinic, 2017).
what to keep in mind
There are some known factors that can cause PCOS however, like mentioned before, there is no exact cause. Things like excess insulin which is when your body becomes resistant to the action of insulin (allows body to use sugar as energy) so it creates more. Which in return can increase androgen production.
Some women with PCOS experience low-grade inflammation which stimulates polycystic ovaries to produce androgens. This can then lead to heart and blood vessel problems. Heredity could also be a cause for PCOS (Mayo Clinic, 2017).
Complications could happen
Cancer of the uterine lining
and miscarriage or premature birth
are a few of the complications that may occur when having PCOS (Mayo Clinic, 2017).
It is always important to keep up with your reproductive health so make sure that if you or someone you know are experiencing any of the symptoms above that you're getting it checked out.
It's never too late to make an appointment at your gynecologist! They may know your vagina better than you do!
For more info visit: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pcos/symptoms-causes/syc-20353439
Mayo Clinic. (2017, August 29). Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pcos/symptoms-causes/syc-20353439