7 Little Known PCOS Complications
Knowledge is power and YOU are the one who should be in driver's seat!
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, more commonly referred to as PCOS, can cause a lot of symptoms and long-term complications in the body. I'm not trying to be Debbie Downer with this post, I just want you to know how serious these things can be so you can take control of your health! Some of these signs and symptoms you might know already are acne, hair loss, weight gain (if you suffer from any of these symptoms then check out my natural remedies). But PCOS goes deeper than your physical appearance.
PCOS can cause these seven things.
1. Lack of or irregular period. Sure, not having a period would be nice but it also signals something is wrong. You should be getting a menstrual cycle every month and if you aren’t you definitely want to talk with your OB/GYN and have some testing done. PCOS is one of the leading causes of infertility in women.
2. Insulin resistance. This is when the cells have trouble responding to the hormone insulin and are unable to use it effectively which can lead to high blood sugar. Insulin resistance is the reason you are having difficulty losing weight and is why you tend to gain weight. Insulin resistance can lead to prediabetes and diabetes is not properly cared for. Need help with insulin resistance? Check out these teas that are focused on improving your insulin sensitivity.
3. Depression and anxiety. Women with PCOS are more likely to experience anxiety and depressive symptoms compared to their counterparts that do not have PCOS.
4. Acanthosis nigricans. This is a skin pigmentation disorder characterized by dark patches of skin with a thick, velvety texture. People that have insulin resistance, prediabetes, or diabetes usually notice this on their skin.
5. Uterine Cancer. If you aren’t ovulating, the lining of the uterus doesn’t shed as frequently as it should, and this can increase the risk of uterine cancer if not treated.
6. Heart disease. Women with PCOS tend to have higher levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) and lower levels of good cholesterol (HDL) and higher levels of triglycerides which can contribute to a heart attack or stroke.
7. Obstructive sleep apnea. This is when you have one or more pauses of breathing during sleep. This can cause problems if you are not getting enough oxygen. People who suffer with sleep apnea never feel quite rested and often have trouble concentrating due to their lack of quality sleep.
This list is no joke! PCOS is a complicated condition that doesn’t just affect a woman’s physical appearance. There is so much more going on below the surface that needs to be addressed. If you have PCOS you need to take care of yourself today, so you can enjoy the future you always imagined!