September is just around the corner. While the weather cools and the leaves begin their change from green to glorious oranges, yellows and reds, our thoughts turn to PCOS.
Didn't expect that, right?
September is PCOS Awareness Month
September is PCOS month and we are dedicated to helping women understand this very common endocrine syndrome.
Why? Because it can play havoc with your health. And because the other half of that statement is that it is manageable with the right health care providers and the vital information that you need about food, exercise and other lifestyle choices.
Whether you have been diagnosed with PCOS recently, decades ago, or have symptoms that have gone unexplained, you can find answers right here.
Here's an overview of possible PCOS symptoms for September, taken directly from womenshealth.gov:
- Infertility (not able to get pregnant) because of not ovulating. In fact, PCOS is the most common cause of female infertility. (Editor's note: this should be considered more correctly as sub-fertility, because with the right health management, pregnancies are attainable.)
- Infrequent, absent, and/or irregular menstrual periods
- Hirsutism (HER-suh-tiz-um) — increased hair growth on the face, chest, stomach, back, thumbs, or toes
- Cysts on the ovaries
- Acne, oily skin, or dandruff
- Weight gain or obesity, usually with extra weight around the waist
- Male-pattern baldness or thinning hair
- Patches of skin on the neck, arms, breasts, or thighs that are thick and dark brown or black
- Skin tags — excess flaps of skin in the armpits or neck area
- Pelvic pain
- Anxiety or depression
- Sleep apnea — when breathing stops for short periods of time while asleep