10 Surprising Things You Will Only Know If You Have PCOS

1. Just Because I’m Heavy With pcos, Doesn’t Mean I’m Unhealthy

One of the biggest misconceptions about women with PCOS who are overweight, is that they eat too much and don’t exercise. Not true! Women with PCOS tend to suffer from a metabolic issue called insulin resistance. Insulin is a powerful growth hormone whose role in the body is to promote fat storage (better known as weight gain).

2. Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Hair loss is a significant concern women with PCOS suffer from. Worrying about constantly thinning hair and the possibility of baldness later in life is alarming and flat out terrifying.

3. A Sweet Tooth The Size of Texas

Craving sweets all the time-even after breakfast, lunch, or dinner-is commonly reported in women with PCOS. Why? Insulin acts as an appetite stimulant that prompts us to eat more carbohydrate-rich foods.

4. I’m Sorry For What I Said When I Was Hangry

Erratic fluctuations in blood sugar and insulin levels can cause blood sugar levels to plummet.

5. Wild Mood Shifts

Feeling fine one minute and then angry, anxious, or depressed the next? Not a surprise. Women with PCOS have been found to have higher rates ofanxiety and depression than women without the syndrome. If you feel you can’t get a handle on your mood changes, consider seeking the advice of a trained mental health professional.

6. It Takes Months to Lose 5 Pounds and Only Takes 1 Day to Gain 5 Pounds

Weight loss can be very slow in women with PCOS. Ever start a diet with a friend who doesn’t have PCOS and she ends up dropping weight but nothing for you? And the weight that you fight to lose can be quickly gained right back? That’s the influence of good old insulin.

7. Baby Dreams

Even if you’re not currently trying to have a baby, you still wonder if you will ever be a mother.

 8. I’m Not A Teenager, But I Still Have Acne

Feel like you have paid your dues and then some with acne as a teenagerbut still getting full on pimples as an adult? Higher levels of testosterone are typically to blame. Changes to your diet and androgen-blocking medications can help to reduce the appearance of acne.

9. The Need to be Close to the Bathroom

If you take metformin, you know what this means! A common side effect of the popular diabetes drug is diarrhea after eating a high carbohydrate meal. Here’s some other things to know if you take metformin for PCOS.

10. I’m Not Alone

At least 10% of the female population in the United States has PCOS, making it the most common endocrine disorder among women of childbearing age. Even though it may feel like it, you are not alone!

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