You may be surprised to learn that Stein-Leventhal Syndrome and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS, are one and the same! First officially documented as a health condition by gynecologists Irving F. Stein, Sr. and Michael L. Leventhal, this condition is one that is now said to affect five to ten percent of the women of childbearing age.
How Do You Know if You have PCOS?
Because of the variety of symptoms that this particular health issue can produce, many women are not diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome right away. In fact, there is no complete list of diagnostic criteria upon which gynecologists can rely. Though getting a solid diagnosis is difficult, doctors can look at a woman’s symptoms and study her family history to determine if she does, in fact, have this illness.
The symptoms associated with PCOS are many, and to make a painful situation even more stressful, they can occur in an infinite number of combinations. This being said, it is no surprise that every woman’s experience with this disease can be unique. Often times, the symptoms that are reported include some combination of the following: infertility, ovarian cysts, depression, anxiety, hair loss, excessive hair growth, weight gain, irregular or absent menstruation, skin conditions (including acne and oily skin), skin tags, sleep apnea, and dark patches of skin.
PCOS can cause a variety of severe complications, some of which can lead to heart disease and death. Women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) are at higher risk for Type 2 Diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and atherosclerosis. These health issues can lead to heart disease, which is one of the most commonly fatal illnesses. Women with this condition are also more prone to endometrial cancer and metabolic syndrome.
What Can You Do?
The treatment options for PCOS may vary, depending upon the symptoms that are experienced and the approach that the doctor wishes to take. Though several different medical treatment options are available, including birth control pills, diabetes medications, and prescriptions to control high blood pressure and cholesterol, one thing is for sure: living a healthy lifestyle is key to overcoming the challenges that PCOS presents. By eating a well-balanced diet that avoids processed and refined foods and getting the right type and amount of exercise, women can improve their overall health and increase the amount of control that they have over their own recovery.
Becoming victorious over the symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is not an easy task, but you can overcome your symptoms to live the life you deserve.
It takes strength, courage, and perseverance. It can be challenging and that’s why Insulite Health created the PCOS 5-Element System. I