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Common Misconceptions about Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

As mentioned in my previous blog, PCOS is highly prevalent, with between 9-18 percent of the female population being diagnosed with it, depending on the criteria used. There is growing debate as to whether this statistic represents the real level and it is increasingly evident that more research is needed to better understand the complex set of PCOS symptoms.

From my practice, I see varying degrees of PCOS ranging from asymptomatic ( ie some hormonal imbalance but good skin and normal menstruation ) to mild symptoms ( such as irregular periods and moderate acne) to more severe ( abnormal facial hair growth, stubborn weight gain, persistent cystic acne and irregular periods). So, a diagnosis of PCOS for one patient may mean something quite different to another patient with the same diagnosis. This is why it is crucial to understand the specific drivers of PCOS in an individual, and ensure treatment is patient focused, not a one shoe fits all approach which can often be the case.

Some of the misconceptions about PCOS explained –

So, the take home message is PCOS is not the same for everyone and there are things you can do now to help yourself address the underlying factors driving your specific set of PCOS symptoms. If you would like more information about how Naturopathy can help please contact Kathleen.