¤ My PCOS Page ¤
(aka *Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome* - *Stein Leventhal Syndrome* - *Syndrome X*)

PCOS has effected my life in so many ways...I spruced up these pages a bit with some new info and links and am still working on my story. I will post that here as soon as I can...for now, here is a quick overview of what PCOS is and what it does to my body. Below are some links to more detailed information.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a condition in women that wreaks havoc on hormones and causes physical and psychological damage. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a complex hormonal disturbance that effects the entire body and has numerous implications for general health. Women with this syndrome have, over the course of their life, an increased risk of coronary disease, diabetes and endometrial cancer. PCOS was first diagnosed in 1935 as Stein-Leventhal syndrome. Between 5 and 30 percent of women have some characteristic of PCOS. The disorder is probably the most common hormonal abnormality in women of reproductive age and certainly is a leading cause of infertility. PCOS patients were once dismissed as"fat" women with no self control. Doctors still can often miss, or dismiss, the diagnosis because they fail to recognize the diverse set of symptoms as being part of one medical condition. There are three broad reasons why PCOS patients seek medical care: 1) menstrual cycle disturbance and infertility 2) problems of appearance and self esteem arising from obesity and excessive hair growth, and 3) metabolic derangements, including abnormalities in blood fat (lipid) levels, insulin/glucose (sugar), and elevated blood pressure (hypertension). Often gynecologists, the health care provider to whom may women turn for help, have concerned themselves with only the first of these concerns and have been relatively insensitive to the latter two.

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