PCOS is short for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, and it mostly affects women that are still fertile – that is, women who are old enough to be well into womanhood, but still young enough to not have entered menopause.
It’s known to affect approximately ten percent of women: That means that one in every ten women you meet might have it – and some estimates guess that it could be double of that estimated number. It’s also thought that approximately 70% of cases are currently going undiagnosed, which could make the number of women suffering from PCOS even higher than has previously been thought.
Don’t be part of the undiagnosed statistic of women who can’t figure out the root cause of their discomfort. Could you identify the symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome if they were to happen o you or someone you know? Here are the most common PCOS symptoms that women usually skip over.\
1. Knowing exactly what PCOS is
First, to understand the symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (abbreviated to PCOS) and recognize them when they happen to you or someone you love will be to know exactly what PCOS is and how it works.
The condition appears to be caused by hormonal imbalances in the body – usually an overabundance of male hormones that are called androgens.
This imbalance gets in the body’s way of being able to release an egg during their normal menstrual cycle, and this, in turn, can cause all sorts of symptoms that are directly linked to the hormonal levels in your body.
Other hormone imbalances are also part of this process, such as insulin and something called the Luteinizing hormone – or LH for short. If you don’t know what PCOS does to the body, you might have a hard time identifying the signs and symptoms when they happen to you or a loved one.