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Could it be PCOS?

PCOS

PCOS. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.

As many as 1 in 10 women may have this condition, but for some it can take years to ever be diagnosed. So let’s look at some of the warning signs. Common symptoms of PCOS include:

  • Missed or irregular periods
  • Excessive hair growth on face, chest, back, thumbs, or toes
  • Thinning hair or male-patterned baldness
  • Acne, oily skin, or dandruff
  • Difficulty getting pregnant
  • Skin tags in the armpit or neck area
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Pelvic pain
  • Weight gain

PCOS is a hormonal condition, but it is so much more than that. Women with PCOS tend to have high levels of androgens (male hormones) and low levels of progesterone. Insulin levels are also often high, increasing the risk for diabetes. But beyond these hormonal changes, PCOS can also be associated with:

  • Gut health and the microbiome
  • Stress
  • Inflammation
  • Exposure to environmental toxins

The only way to know if you have PCOS is to get a thorough evaluation with a qualified healthcare professional. In our office, we then look deeper to identify underlying patterns and causes so that we can support health as completely as possible. 

If you have any questions about PCOS or how to get evaluated, book a Wellness Audit with Coach Carla and let’s discuss.