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What is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)?

Each year in the United States, approximately 1 out of 15 women are diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).  PCOS  is a condition in which there are many tiny cysts in the ovaries.  Heredity plays a role in PCOS, thus, if your mother or sister has been diagnosed with PCOS, you are at a higher risk to develop this condition as well.

In the attached picture, you can easily see the ovary that is polycystic (poly-meaning many).  Although these cysts are not harmful, they can cause hormone imbalances that may result in a number of health problems.

Symptoms that may be associated with PCOS include irregular periods, or no period at all, and may show up in young girls as early as age 8.  In addition, PCOS, if left untreated, is associated with pre-diabetes, diabetes and obesity.   The good news is that your diet has a strong influence on this condition, thus eating in a healthy way to balance your blood sugar and insulin levels is essential.

Many women struggle with their physical appearance due to the changes that occur with PCOS.  Some of these changes may include weight gain, excessive facial and body hair and acne.  If you suffer from unwanted hair, you should consider electrolysis or laser hair removal.  Both of these methods can make such a difference in how you feel about your appearance and will help restore your self-confidence.

To learn more about Polycystic Ovary Syndrome,  and what you can do, click on the link below.

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