What is PCOS and How Do You Know if You Have It?

What is PCOS and How Do You Know if You Have It?

Welcome to the PCOS Health Channel. We’re so excited you’re here! Because when you do research on your own healing you’re genes actually change the way they express themselves – for the better. And we’re all about helping you continue to move in the direction of your own healing. Because we are passionate about empowering women with PCOS to transform their lives.

What is PCOS and how do you know if you have it?

PCOS stands for polycystic ovary syndrome. It used to be called Stein-Leventhal Syndrome and was discovered back in 1935. And now they’re thinking of renaming it again; because it’s a complicated and confusing syndrome and very hard for the medical community to diagnose.

It’s a hormonal endocrine disorder or syndrome, and women may experience just one – or all of these symptoms:

  • Depression or low moods
  • Irregular, infrequent or completely absent periods
  • Male pattern hair growth – excessive facial or body hair where you don’t want it
  • Male pattern hair loss – hair loss where you want hair
  • Unexpected weight gain, and hard to lose weight
  • Acne
  • High blood sugar
  • Skin tags (raisin-like growths on the skin)
  • Brown skin patches
  • Chronically low energy
  • Exhaustion or lack of mental alertness (brain fog for example)
  • Infertility
  • Anxiety, or
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Miscarriage
  • PMS/hot flashes

If you have an ultrasound, there may be cysts on your ovaries, but maybe not. The symptoms are often different for every woman.

I certainly never knew I had PCOS. Because I didn’t know that all of the symptoms I had were actually a “condition” or “syndrome”. And even if I had gone to the doctor to get checked out, it is very hard to diagnose. There is no cure, no magic pill, and not even any advice to improve the symptoms other than the prevalent use of birth control pills to regulate the menstrual cycle, and Metformin to keep blood sugar levels under control. But these medications don’t help you feel better or heal your body in any way. In fact the side effects from these medications are often worse than the symptoms of PCOS.

Dr. Tami Meraglia, author of The Hormone Secrets says, “I think that the birth control pill is similar to having low oil in your car and having the red light come on, and then just turning off the red light. You’re not solving any problems, you’re just fixing the outward expression of the problem.”