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About this cause:PCOS affects about 7 million women in the US. Thatâ€™s more than the number of people diagnosed with breast cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis (MS), and lupus combined. Women with PCOS may be unaware that the changes in their appearance are due to a serious condition that can lead to Diabetes, heart disease and cervical, ovarian, uterine and breast cancer.
Symptoms include but are not limited to
â€¢ Infertility. Women with PCOS typically have irregular or missed periods as a result of not ovulating. PCOS is the number 1 cause of infertility in women.
â€¢ Ovarian Cysts. Although some women may develop cysts on their ovaries, many women do not
â€¢ Weight gain. About half of women with PCOS will have weight gain and obesity that is difficult to manage.
â€¢ Fatigue. Many women with PCOS report increased fatigue and low energy. Related issues such as poor sleep may contribute to the feeling of fatigue.
â€¢ Unwanted hair growth (also known as hirsutism). Areas affected by excess hair growth may include the face, arms, back, chest, thumbs, toes, and abdomen. Hirsutism related to PCOS is due to hormonal changes in androgens.
â€¢ Thinning hair on the head. Hair loss related to PCOS may increase in middle age.
â€¢ Infertility. PCOS is a leading cause of female infertility. However, not every woman with PCOS is the same. Although some women may need the assistance of fertility treatments, others are able to conceive naturally.
â€¢ Acne. Hormonal changes related to androgens can lead to acne problems. Other skin changes such as the development of skin tags and darkened patches of skin are also related to PCOS.
â€¢ Mood changes. Having PCOS can increase the likelihood of mood swings, depression, and anxiety.
â€¢ Pelvic pain. Pelvic pain may occur with periods, along with heavy bleeding. It may also occur when a woman isnâ€™t bleeding.
â€¢ Headaches. Hormonal changes prompt headaches.
â€¢ Sleep problems. Women with PCOS often report problems such as insomnia or poor sleep. There are many factors that can affect sleep, but PCOS has been linked to a sleep disorder called sleep apnea. With sleep apnea, a person will stop breathing for short periods of time during sleep
The exact cause is unknown, but it is considered a hormonal problem. Genetics and environmental factors are believed to be involved in the development of PCOS.
The mission of the PCOS Awareness Association (PCOSAA) is to inform the public about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome by providing information and resources for women to get tested, as well as providing support for women diagnosed with PCOS.
Prepare: Prepare and assist women with the information and resources needed to get tested.
Communicate: Communicate information about PCOS to the public and women with PCOS.
Overcome: Assist women with PCOS to overcome their symptoms and lessen related health risks.
Support: Provide a support network to freely and openly discuss all aspects of PCOS.