Okay, now that I have that out there...what is PCOS? Well, the first thing to realize anytime you see syndrome associated with something, doctors are basically saying we don't have a good explanation for these symptoms so we're going to lump it all together and call it ____ _____syndrome. PCOS fits this bill. Symptoms can include any of the following:
- Irregular or no menstrual periods
- Excess hair growth or male pattern balding
- Depression and anxiety
I was diagnosed with PCOS at 15 because I was having two periods a month. It contributes to my weight issues, causes me to grow hair that I don't want, gives me mood swings and generally contributes to a bad self-image. I have done a lot in the last two years to overcome these issues. Losing weight, while hard, has helped with many of them. Western medicine hasn't been able to provide a lot of answers. So, I've sought other complimentary medicines that have been more helpful but again it's a syndrome and there are no real answers. For me stress is a strong contributing factor to the symptoms. As a culture, we don't realize just how much stress we are letting into our lives. We need to take time to stop and smell the roses once in a while...we'd all feel better! So, now if I bite you're head off, join me in trying to blame it on messed up hormones!