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Backtrack- what is PCOS?

from the group MyPCOSteam

Most don’t know or have never heard of PCOS. It stands for PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome. It is a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age.  The 3 hallmarks of PCOS are irregular menstrual cycles, excess androgens and polycystic ovaries.* Technically, to be diagnosed, you need two of three. And i have all 3! (Well had but more about that later). The picture above includes some of the side effects of PCOS that women deal with. Docs don’t know the cause of it but believe there is a genetic link. All I know that it’s no picnic!

And unfortunately, many women don’t know they have classic or a slight version of PCOS. There’s no test that just says hey- you have this. It’s more of a diagnosis thrown at you when all other ones have been discounted. And it’s not the only hormonal balance disorder- there’s Hashimoto’s that is really big for women, especially after they have kids. There are automimmune issues that women deal with like rheumatoid arthritis- a former co-worker dealt with this and wow it’s no joke; she was in pain all the time. So, let’s talk about moving toward optimal health in all areas.

Do you know someone who manages PCOS, another hormonal balance disorder or other health complication? I invite you to share your story and know you’re not alone. Until next time!


I’m just a girl, sharing my journey toward health. Emotional, physical and mental health are so interconnected and I am striving to achieve them while maintaining my sanity and sense of humor!

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