Someone recently asked us, "what does PCOS mean"?
PCOS is short for "polycystic ovary syndrome" or
"polycystic ovarian syndrome". A "syndrome" is a pattern of
symptoms that frequently appear together. It's not a specific
disease such as cervical cancer.
We have identified at least 30 different signs and symptoms
that may indicate you have PCOS. You may have only a
few symptoms, or more than a dozen of them.
You can see a list of PCOS symptoms here:
The most common is "polycystic ovaries", which means an
excessive number of underdeveloped follicles on your
ovaries. However, you can have polycystic ovaries but not
The most distressing aspects of PCOS are inability to
ovulate and become pregnant, w e i g h t gain, h a i r loss,
unwanted facial and body hair growth, and acne.
But PCOS has quite a number of serious consequences that
are not always so obvious, including liver disease,
hypothyroidism, sleep apnea, appetite disorders, depression
and anxiety, high blood fats and blood pressure, and
impaired lung function.
There are also longer-term consequences of PCOS that you
will definitely want to prevent. The most prominent ones are
a much increased risk of developing diabetes, heart disease
and some cancers. A less prominent one is possible brain
Perhaps you're hoping that when you reach menopause,
your symptoms will simply go away forever. Your
symptoms may change, but the underlying health
consequences of PCOS do not suddenly vanish when you
reach menopause. Studies have shown that they persist
So what does PCOS mean?
Your challenge is that PCOS is a systemic, complex
disorder that needs to be actively managed by you for the
rest of your life. It is not the type of disorder that can be
effectively controlled in the long run by short-term measures
such as taking birth control pills.
You need to go to a deeper level and develop certain health
practices that will help your body to naturally minimize the
symptoms and long- term risks of polycystic ovary
If you don't get to work on improving your health practices
today, you may pay a heavy price later on.
You don't need to let PCOS ruin your life. You can take
action to build and protect your health. You can still live the
life of your dreams, but it will take some dedicated work.
A good place to start is by reading The Natural Diet Solution
for PCOS and Infertility e- book, which describes health
practices designed specifically to help you get the upper