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Top 5 myths about PCOS

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal condition that affects one in 10 women of reproductive age. Although a common condition only around 50% of those affected are actually diagnosed. A large majority of people and even some doctors do not have a full understanding of this disease and there are many myths and misinformation prevalent which can impact the diagnosis and treatment and prevent a woman from living well with PCOS.

Women with PCOS have higher levels of male hormones- androgens, as well as elevated levels of insulin. PCOS is the most common cause of infertility and can have following symptoms:

  • Irregular periods
  • Excess hair growth on face or body
  • Acne or pimples
  • Patches of dark, thick skin
You are to blame for this

The exact cause of PCOS is not known but one thing is for sure, it’s not your fault and you are not to blame for this. Multiple factors are involved including genetics, epigenetics and environmental exposures which leads to hormonal imbalances like excess androgens and insulin resistance.

You can’t get pregnant if you have PCOS

This is the biggest myth. Although it’s difficult to get pregnant with PCOS, it’s not impossible. Women with PCOS have problems in ovulation. Proper management and guidance by an expert can definitely improve the chances of conceiving. Many of our patients have had successful pregnancies within six months of treatment.

PCOS occurs only in women who are Overweight or Obese

Women with normal weight can also have PCOS. They can be metabolically unhealthy. That means they have normal weight but high visceral fat, which leads to insulin resistance and PCOS. Although, women with PCOS tend to be overweight or obese but normal weight PCOS is not uncommon.

You must have polycystic ovaries in Ultrasound to be diagnosed as having PCOS

Many women with PCOS don’t have cysts in their ovaries and simple cysts in ovaries doesn’t always mean PCOS. That is why it is very important to consult an expert for proper diagnosis and management of PCOS.

PCOS just affects your fertility nothing else

PCOS doesn’t just affect the fertility of a woman, it has long term wellness problems. PCOS is linked to type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension, sleep apnea, depression and even cancer. That is why it is important to manage the condition at an early stage and prevent the complications.

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