Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition caused by a hormonal
1 in 10 women of reproductive-age. While PCOS can happen at any age after puberty, most
women are diagnosed in their 20s or 30s, when they struggle to get pregnant.
Like many conditions, there's a lot of misinformation surrounding PCOS
in movies, TV, and online. Below are four common myths about PCOS that
Myth 1: If You Have PCOS, You Have Polycystic Ovaries
While the name may imply that, it’s actually a misnomer. Many women
have cysts but don’t have PCOS and, likewise, women may not have
cysts but still have PCOS. In general, common symptoms include:
- Irregular periods or no periods
- High testosterone resulting in extra hair growth on face or body, acne,
or thinning hair on head
- Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
Myth 2: PCOS Only Affects Overweight Women
While yes, many women with PCOS are overweight or obese, it does affect
women with healthy or low BMIs as well. By assuming PCOS only affects
overweight women, thin women with the disease can easily be misdiagnosed.
On the opposite hand, overweight women are more likely to be misdiagnosed
with PCOS, when their symptoms are actually caused by something else.
Myth 3: Losing Weight Gets Rid of PCOS
Unfortunately, PCOS is not curable but there are ways to manage the symptoms.
And while diet, exercise, and weight loss will not rid you of PCOS, they
may help lower blood sugar levels, improve how your body uses insulin,
and help regulate your hormones. In fact, even a 10% loss in body weight
can improve insulin sensitivity and ovulation!
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Myth 4: You Can’t Get Pregnant if You Have PCOS
PCOS is one of the most common, and treatable, infertility causes in women.
PCOS interferes with ovulation, thus making getting pregnant more difficult.
But, by working with a
fertility specialist, you may increase your odds of getting pregnant, both naturally or after
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When it comes to treating PCOS, it’s best to use a multi-disciplinary
approach from your PCP and OB/GYN to your fertility specialist —
let Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine be the fertility part of
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