Nearly everyday I get young teenage girls, or women in general, coming to my clinic with bad acne and/or menstrual issues only to be diagnosed with PCOS.
For many this is a shock, because they have seen multiple doctors, natural medicine practitioners and even medical specialists whom have missed this very common gynaecological/endocrine/reproductive disorder.
I have previously done posts about it taking many years to get a proper diagnosis previously so please take a look at those posts. Click Here
The problem is many are unaware of the long-term implications on their health and their fertility.
So instead of doing a long post of what PCOS is and how to treat it etc, I am just going to do up a short post about what the signs and symptoms are and if you have 1-2 of the symptoms, there is a big possibility that you actually have PCOS.
Of course you need to come and see someone who specialises in PCOS, like myself, to help you have it confirmed, but we do need to bring about more awareness about this very common gynaecological/endocrine/reproductive disorder that affects many women around the world.
Signs and Symptoms that you could have PCOS
2.Irregular menstrual cycle
3.Skipped menstrual cycles
4.Extended menstrual cycles ( more than 30 plus days)
5.Lack of a menstrual cycle
6.Excess hair growth/Excess Dark hair growth
8.Irregular mid-cycle bleeding
10.Pot belly/ Fluid around the belly/Excess weight around the lower belly
11.Prolonged periods of PMS like symptoms
12.Chronic Pelvic Pain
All these are common signs that you may have PCOS and you only need to have 1-2 of these symptoms to have it. Some may have all the symptoms while some may just have acne and a cycle that isn’t completely regular.
If you do have any of these signs, you do need to book in and see someone like myself, who specialises in knowing how to diagnose and treat and manage PCOS properly.
Acne is a big pointer to PCOS and often what people come to get treatment for, not realising that actually have a gynaecological/endocrine/reproductive issue.
PCOS is known to be a hereditary disease, but, we also know that diet, lifestyle and stress can be a big part of this disease state developing too.
PCOS can have long term affects on your fertility and can also lead to diabetes and other health complaints, therefore it is so important to get early treatment and early intervention.
In the mean time please have a look at my previous post about PCOS and how to treat it and manage it properly. Click Here
Lastly, please know that period pain and bad ovulation bad is not normal not matter what anyone tells you.
Could you have PCOS?
Dr Andrew Orr
-Women’s Health Expert
-No Stone Left Unturned