PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) is a common hormonal disorder that affects women of reproductive age. It is estimated to affect 5 to 10% of women and can cause a range of symptoms, including irregular periods, weight gain, excessive hair growth, etc.
Despite how common it is, there are many myths and misconceptions about PCOS that can be misleading and harmful. Here are some of the most common PCOS myths, and the truth behind them.
Myth 1: PCOS only affects overweight women
Truth: While obesity can worsen symptoms of PCOS, it is not limited to overweight women. PCOS can affect women of all shapes and sizes.
Myth 2: PCOS only causes infertility
Truth: Infertility is a common symptom of PCOS, but it is not the only symptom. It can cause a range of other symptoms including irregular periods, excessive hair growth, weight gain and acne.
So while PCOS can cause infertility, more than half of women with PCOS are able to conceive and carry a pregnancy to term. There are several reasons why this happens—and they don’t all revolve around your hormones!
Myth 3: PCOS is just about having irregular periods
Truth: Women can have irregular periods for many reasons unrelated to PCOS. While this is still something to discuss with your doctor, it could be due to changes in your birth control, stress, diet, and perhaps pregnancy.
There are too many reasons other than PCOS to assume that an irregular period signifies the condition. Before assuming what it is, you can talk to your doctor about running the necessary blood tests to see if it is PCOS.
Myth 4: PCOS can be cured
Truth: There is no cure for PCOS, but it can be managed with lifestyle changes and medication. By managing symptoms and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, women with PCOS can lead healthy, fulfilling lives.
Myth 5: Birth control causes pCOS
Truth: There are many myths about PCOS being caused by how birth control affects your body. This is also not an accurate statement. Doctors often use birth control as a way to treat irregular periods that comes with PCOS.
However, it’s only a treatment method when the patient is trying to relieve the symptoms but not trying to get pregnant.
Myth 6: You can’t have a baby if you have PCOS.
There are many ways to get pregnant and women with PCOS can have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. It’s important to talk with your doctor about your childbirth goals, but don’t let this myth stop you from trying!
Myth 7: PCOS only affects reproductive health
PCOS can also have an impact on other aspects of health, including cardiovascular health and mental health.
Myth 8: you will always have Symptoms
PCOS is a complex condition that affects the ovaries and hormones. Some women have no symptoms at all, but still have PCOS. So if you’re not sure whether or not you have it (or think you might), check with your doctor for proper diagnosis.
In conclusion, it is important to be informed about PCOS and to always know the truths about it. If you have PCOS or suspect that you may have PCOS, it is important to seek help from a professional who can guide you through your options and help you to make informed decisions about your health. Don’t believe the myths, get the facts.
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