PCOS Myths and Facts

 

Myth: All women with PCOS are overweight.

 

Fact: You can be 'lean' and have PCOS.

 

Studies show between 20–50% of women with PCOS are normal weight or thin, and the pathophysiology of the disorder in these women may differ from that in obese women.

 

It has been suggested that PCOS develops in nonobese women because of a hypothalamic-pituitary defect that results in increased release of LH, and that insulin plays no role in the disorder

 

Although research suggests lean women who have PCOS can also suffer from insulin resistance, elevated androgens findings demonstrate that women with PCOS who are normal weight or thin respond to a reduction in insulin release. This is consistent with the observation that although these women are not obese, they nonetheless tend to have an increased waist to hip ratio and are insulin resistant and hyperinsulinemic compared to their normal counterparts

 

Myth: Having PCOS means you cannot have a baby

 

Fact: You can still get pregnant if you have PCOS

 

How does PCOS effect fertility?

 

An issue with PCOS is a hormone imbalance. This, therefore effects the bodies ability to produce eggs and prepare the uterus for pregnancy. Three reasons why becoming pregnant may be more challenging for women with PCOS are:

  • Women with PCOS tend to have irregular periods
  • Women with PCOS often do not ovulate.
  • If and when an egg is released, the endometrium (lining of the uterus) may not be sufficiently prepared to sustain a pregnancy.
  • Women with PCOS often do not ovulate.

What can you do to improve fertility?

There are various medications that can help such as clomifene and metformin which encourage ovulation.

✅Maintain a healthy weight and stay physically active.

✅Reduce stress levels and create a balanced life

✅Ensure good diet and nutrition.

✅Balance can be restored with nutritional and herbal support.

✅Follow a low-glycemic load diet.

Seek advice from your doctor before you decide to change or include anything in your diet/lifestyle

 

Myth: All women with PCOS experience the same symptoms

 

Fact: Not all women with PCOS experience the same symptoms. Not all women have the same type of PCOS. In turn, treatment can also be different.

 

 

Myth: If I don't have cysts on my ovaries, I don't have PCOS.

 

Fact: Firstly, the 'cysts' are the follicles that contain the eggs.
And no just because you don't have 'cysts' on your ovaries doesn't mean you don't have PCOS.

Having an increased number of cysts/follicles on the ovaries is just one symptom of PCOS that women can have and may help with the diagnosis.

On average, an ovary should have 6 to 12 variously sized follicles. The polycystic ovary has—by definition—more than 12 small undeveloped follicles.

Why are the follicles small and undeveloped? Because ovulation did not happen that month. Sometimes ovulation doesn’t happen, and that’s why the ovaries of normal women are often polycystic.

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