Debunking the Myths of PCOS

If you want to understand what something is, you must also understand what it is not. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is no exception to this rule. Unfortunately, there are many myths that abound regarding this common (yet highly undiagnosed) disorder. Separating fact from fiction can be quite a challenge. That’s why we’re debunking the top PCOS myths for you. If you think you know everything there is to know about PCOS and the symptoms and challenges that it presents, you may be surprised at the information you find below…

Myth: PCOS Only Affects Women in Their 30’s and Beyond

Fact: The fact of the matter is that PCOS does not discriminate based on age. While it was once thought that PCOS only affected pre-menopausal women in their 30s and beyond, the medical community is now recognizing that the condition can affect females of all ages, and even young adolescent girls.

Myth: Women Who Develop PCOS Cannot Have Children

Fact: The truth is that while PCOS can complicate conception, it does not have to prevent you from having a baby. There are treatments and lifestyle changes that can help you manage your condition and, as a result, achieve pregnancy when you are ready.

Myth: All Women Who Have PCOS Have Ovarian Cysts

Fact: The name of this disorder is very misleading. Many women assume that PCOS only exists in women who develop ovarian cysts. This is definitely not true. PCOS is a hormone-related disorder and ovarian cysts, while common in women who have the condition, do not have to be present in order for the disorder to be diagnosed.

Myth: All Women with PCOS Are Overweight

Fact: While PCOS and the resulting insulin resistance can lead to excess weight and obesity, not all women who have PCOS are overweight nor do women who live with this condition have to remain overweight if they are having trouble losing excess pounds. A proper diet and certain insulin-regulating medications can help the weight problems that are commonly caused by this frustrating disorder. If PCOS has led to significant weight changes in your body, there is hope. While you won’t be able to lose the weight overnight, you will be able to fight these changes and get your body back.

Myth: There is No Cure for PCOS

Fact: This myth is technically true. There is no actual “cure” for PCOS. However, there are many treatments and lifestyle changes that can help you take control of the disorder. A proper diet, control of insulin and an active lifestyle can make a significant difference. For example, if you are insulin resistant due to your PCOS, you might be given a prescription called Metformin. If you are suffering from acne, a dermatologist can help you control your acne symptoms. Instead of letting your PCOS control you, these changes will help you control your PCOS.

As more and more people begin to understand the true facts surrounding PCOS and the frustrating symptoms that it presents, more options will be found to help manage the condition. If you’re suffering from the common PCOS side effects, chances are there are lifestyle changes or medical treatments that can help you alleviate the symptoms and get your PCOS under control once and for all.

Circle + Bloom offers audio mind+body programs to help women with PCOS. One program for when you are not trying to conceive (PCOS for Health) and another program for when you are (PCOS for Fertility).

Please always consult your Doctor for how any information you read relates to you personally, including the information on this site and included in this post.

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  • Power Over PCOS September 25, 2011, 2:52 am

    Thanks for helping to increase awareness of these myths. Too often women are told they will not be able to have children, or will always be overweight, and it’s just not true. PCOS is definitely manageable, with education and a combination of strategies.

  • pcos diet plan October 6, 2012, 10:06 pm

    I went to my doctors this afternoon due to having a breast leak over the weekend… she is saying this could be a symptom of PCOS (since I am also insulin resistant). I’ve just never heard of that being a symptom of PCOS (a breast leaking – though so far it was only that one time)… anyone know more?

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