Tell someone that you have PCOS and chances are that they’ll give you a blank look as they try to imagine what PCOS could possibly be or whether or not it may even be contagious. Unfortunately, the fact of the matter is that PCOS is all too common, but it still goes undiagnosed in millions of women and it is still one of the most misunderstood medical conditions of our time. There are millions of people who have never heard of it and, even worse, many doctors who don’t even understand it yet still try to treat it as if they did.
If you have PCOS you know how frustrating it can be to get some straight answers about the condition and find ways to help control it. How did the condition develop? No one has a straight answer. How can you treat it? There’s no simple solution. PCOS is one of today’s greatest medical mysteries, which makes it all the more frustrating if you suffer from PCOS.
What exactly is PCOS? PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (also known as Polycystic Ovarian Disease or PCOD). The name was given to the disorder because most of the women who suffer from the condition develop cysts on their ovaries. Unfortunately, to make matters even more confusing, you can actually have PCOS without having any cysts present, so just because you don’t see cysts showing up in an ultrasound, don’t rule out the fact that you may indeed be living with the disorder.
To put it in the simplest of terms, PCOS is a hormone imbalance. Common symptoms of the condition include irregular periods (or a complete absence of your period), pain in the pelvic area, hair growing in areas that you really don’t want it to grow (such as the face, toes, belly, etc), unexplained weight gain or trouble maintaining a healthy body weight and patches of dark skin on the body.
So what causes all of these problems? How does PCOS develop? Finding the answers to these questions, even from your Doctor is difficult. That’s because no one really knows what causes the disorder. While we do know that hormone imbalances have something to do with it and that many of the women who suffer from the condition are insulin resistant, no one can really tell us what triggers this condition and, as a result, all of the side effects that go along with it.
No, PCOS is not fun to live with. Irregular periods, unwanted facial hair, cramps, weight issues. It’s a nightmare come true for many women, and nightmare that makes you feel a bit out of control. This is one of the reasons why we developed two mind+body audio programs specifically for women with PCOS. Fortunately, while there is no cure for PCOS, there are ways to treat and manage the condition so that you can control it instead of letting it control you.
Yes, PCOS can be controlled. You just need to dig through the myths to get to the cold-hard facts and you need to understand how to help your body overcome the symptoms that PCOS can create. We’ll be publishing a series of posts on this blog to help you do just that. If you’ve been living with PCOS and have been struggling to find the answers you’ve needed to overcome the disorder’s most frustrating symptoms, stay tuned. We have the information you’ve been seeking. And we would love for you to share your experience with PCOS with us.
Below is a video showing our two programs we offer for PCOS, one for Fertility and one in general.