You may have heard September is #PCOS month. Let’s do a quick fact vs fiction review.
Myth 1: It is your fault.
This is absolutely NOT true. The exact cause of PCOS is unknown and you are not to blame. There are many factors that can play a role, like genetics, but nothing that is directly your fault.
Myth 2: If you lose weight you can get rid of PCOS.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for PCOS, but Insulin resistance may also be caused by having a body mass index above the normal range. Insulin resistance can make it harder to lose weight, which is why women with PCOS often experience this issue.
Myth 3: PCOS is rare.
It is estimated that between five to 10 percent of U.S. women of childbearing age have PCOS. That’s about 5 million women, which makes the condition one of the most common hormonal endocrine disorders among women of reproductive age. But, according to the PCOS Foundation, less than half of all women with PCOS are actually diagnosed correctly, meaning that millions of women are potentially unaware of their condition.
Myth 4: You can’t get pregnant if you have PCOS.
There is no one-size-fits-all truths here and this isn’t true for everyone. We suggest talking with your doctor about fertility treatment, especially because there are a number of medications that can stimulate ovulation, which is the main issue that women with PCOS face.
Myth 5: PCOS only affects women who are overweight.
It is true that many women who have PCOS are overweight or obese. And it’s also true that obesity can make PCOS symptoms worse. However, PCOS does not discriminate and can affect women of all shapes and sizes.
PCOS can seem like a never-ending battle, but there are absolutely options for you.
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