Polycystic ovary syndrome, it is a mouth full, so it is shortened too, PCOS. Believe it, or not, it is a common condition that affects how a woman’s ovaries work and can be identified by three main features, irregular periods, excess androgen and the main one, polycystic ovaries, pronounced, pol-ee-SISS-tik. If you have 2 of these problems then you will no doubt have been or will be diagnosed with PCOS.
The irregular periods are caused by the ovaries not releasing eggs when they should, now this could be down to the excess androgen, which is a male hormone, which also has other effects on our bodies, like too much body and facial hair.
I will try to explain polycystic ovaries, pol-ee-SISS-tik ovaries, the best I can, but if you found my website you probably already know, for the visitors who have found me due to their search for weight loss plans and recipes I will describe it like this. If you think you have cysts on your ovaries you are wrong, what has happened is your ovaries have become enlarged due to many follicles that hold on to your eggs, have filled up with fluid and cannot release them when you ovulate.
Ladies, we are not alone, about 10% of the women have PCOS, and over half of them don’t even know it, because they are not having symptoms or do not recognise the signs that they could have it. I have told a couple of the main symptoms, but there are others, no periods at all, finding it difficult to get pregnant, the excessive hair growth on your face and body, or the opposite, thinning hair and hair loss, oily skin, acne and weight gain. PCOS has been linked to other health problems like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol and depression.
Do the experts know exactly what causes PCOS, short answer no, not really. They do know it is related to abnormal hormone levels in the body, including high levels of insulin. So insulin is that hormone that controls the sugar level in your body, it contributes to an increase of another hormone, testosterone. Not able to control these hormones can lead to be overweight which in turn leads to increased levels of insulin. Which leads to the never ending circle of PCOS.
So, what can we do to treat PCOS? Well, the bad news is, there is no cure, the good news and there is good news, we can take action against the symptoms. If you have spoken with your doctor he will tell you what you can do. He may have prescribed some medication to sort some of the symptoms like hair growth, irregular periods and fertility problems. If the fertility medication is not working he may recommend a surgical procedure called laparoscopic ovarian drilling (LOD). Without going into to much detail, it involves using a laser or heat to remove the tissue in the ovaries that is producing androgens, including testosterone.
When you read my journey you will discover that I had to battle all these symptoms including being overweight, I have tried many plans to lose weight in the end I create my own, which has motivated me to create this website and to share with you how my plan and recipes changed my life and I have nothing but hope in my heart, it will do the same for you. I am Lauren Henry and this is my PCOS journey on how loosing weight is the main goal in living with PCOS