Do I have PCOS?
What is PCOS?
- Family history of PCOS
- Abdominal waist circumference greater than 35 inches
- Difficulty losing weight in spite of an awesome diet and solid exercise routine
- Heavy, irregular or absent menstrual periods
- Intense carbohydrate cravings
- Low blood sugar
- Excessive hair growth on face or other parts of the body (inner thighs, belly button, back)
- Hair loss from head
- Skin tags or dirty looking patches of skin on some parts of your body
Do I have PCOS?
What are the signs that I may be experiencing low blood sugar?
- blurry vision
- rapid heartbeat
- sudden mood changes
- sudden nervousness
- unexplained fatigue
- pale skin
- difficulty sleeping
- skin tingling
- trouble thinking clearly or concentrating
- loss of consciousness
If you have hypoglycemic unawareness, a condition in which you do not know your blood sugar level is dropping, your blood sugar can drop so quickly you may not even have warning symptoms. When this occurs, you can faint, experience a seizure, or even go into a coma.
What should I do if I think I have PCOS?
Under general anaesthetic, your doctor will make a small cut in your lower abdomen (tummy) and pass a long, thin microscope called a laparoscope through into your abdomen. The ovaries are then surgically treated using heat or a laser to destroy the tissue that’s producing androgens (male hormones).
Laparoscopic ovarian drilling has been found to lower levels of testosterone and luteinising hormone (LH) and raise levels of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). This corrects your hormone imbalance and can restore the normal function of your ovaries.
What causes PCOS?
A main underlying problem with PCOS is a hormonal imbalance. In women with PCOS, the ovaries make more androgens than normal. Androgens are male hormones that females also make. High levels of these hormones affect the development and release of eggs during ovulation.
Researchers also think insulin may be linked to PCOS. Insulin is a hormone that controls the change of sugar, starches, and other food into energy for the body to use or store. Many women with PCOS have too much insulin in their bodies because they have problems using it. Excess insulin appears to increase production of androgen. High androgen levels can lead to:
Excessive hair growth
Problems with ovulation
I have PCOS and have always exercised regularly. Why did I gain so much weight and why is it all around my mid-section? Will it ever go away?
Can changes in my eating help improve my PCOS symptoms?
Is eating a low-carb diet the only way to lose weight if I have PCOS?
NOTE: The information is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease, and is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician regarding any medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise, medication, or other health program.