PCOS isn’t a condition that exclusively affects the ovaries, but rather the overall health of a woman. It is a chronic ailment that starts during the reproductive age of women, and can eventually lead to insulin resistance and diabetes in a large percentage of them.
Being a chronic ailment, lifestyle change is the only effective treatment that will help with PCOS. But there are a lot of misconceptions related to PCOS that makes disease management hard for everyone.
You Did Something to Bring PCOS on Yourself
PCOS is something that is caused by a multitude of reasons, some of which are lifestyle-related, and others that could be genetic in nature. While controlling your diet, and being more active can help in delaying the condition, it cannot completely prevent it.
You Need to Have Multiple Cysts to Have PCOS
There are more than one criteria that signify PCOS. Even if a patient doesn’t show cysts in their ovaries, irregular menstruation and elevated levels of androgens are enough for a PCOS diagnosis. While ultrasound scanning is usually the way to confirm the diagnosis. In cases like this, you might have to get your blood work done to look for anomalies like thyroid problems.
Excess Hair Growth Is a Common Symptom
When looking for telltale symptoms of PCOS, excess hair growth is something that most articles mention. But this symptom is not as common as one would think. There are other factors like genetics that also comes into play. Usually, this symptom is a result of excess male hormone in the system.
You Can’t Get Pregnant With PCOS
Even though PCOS is a common cause of infertility, it’s not the end of the world. But according to doctors, the right fertility treatments when coupled with lifestyle changes can easily help in managing PCOS and becoming pregnant.
PCOS Only Affects Those Who Are Overweight or Obese
This condition is not one that discriminates based on how much you weigh but rather depends on your internal health. But you don’t have to meet the stereotype of being an overweight woman to have PCOS. But the problem with this misconception is that a lot of lean women with the condition might go undiagnosed for longer. The other side is that overweight women with irregular periods could be wrongly diagnosed with PCOS, even if that’s not the case.
You Can Lose Weight Like Everyone When Living With PCOS
If you are overweight and have PCOS, losing weight is the first thing that will help. But the problem is that losing weight with PCOS is not easy, and warrants a very focused diet plan, workout regimen and the right medications. In fact, your metabolism is a huge factor in losing weight
Birth Control Pills Are the Best Option For PCOS Management
Hormonal birth control pills are a common choice of treatment for treating menstruation-related problems. But it’s effectiveness is dependant on what your goal is. While birth control is effective in masking the symptoms, it won’t be helpful in the long run to get the condition under control. In a lot of cases, these pills may cause further complications that could affect your body and/or mental health.
All Women With PCOS Are at Risk for Metabolic Complications
Even though conditions like insulin resistance and diabetes are a complication to watch out for, it’s a mandate that everyone should experience them. But with the right management tactics, even this risk can be reduced. Women who don’t have excess androgen or only irregular menstrual cycles may not even have weight gain or metabolic complications like this.
PCOS Symptoms Are Only Physical In Nature
While there are a lot of physical PCOS symptoms, there are also mental health concerns like mood swings and depression that could crop up. This is because hormonal changes can affect the release of serotonin and dopamine – the feel-good hormones. When changes happen to them, these mental health symptoms can crop up, which can have a long-standing effect on your quality of life.
For PCOS, the right information is key to ensuring that the patients take active participation in their disease management. Having a clear idea of what to keep in mind can help in earlier diagnosis and better treatment.
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