Is PCOS a lifelong disease?
PCOS is one of the most common causes of female infertility, affecting 6% to 12% (as many as 5 million) of US women of reproductive age.
But it’s a lot more than that.
This lifelong health condition continues far beyond the child-bearing years..
Can PCOS go away with age?
Yes and no. PCOS affects many systems in the body. Many women with PCOS find that their menstrual cycles become more regular as they get closer to menopause. However, their PCOS hormonal imbalance does not change with age, so they may continue to have symptoms of PCOS.
Is PCOS serious?
While PCOS itself is not life threatening, those who have it are at higher risk for other more serious conditions such as Type II diabetes, cardiovascular problems, endometrial cancer, liver inflammation, and a few others.
What happens if PCOS is left untreated?
When left untreated, PCOS can increase a woman’s risk for endometrial (lining of the uterus) cancer. With PCOS, the ovary does not pop out an egg regularly. If no egg pops out aka ovulation, then no progesterone is produced. Thus, the lining of the uterus (endometrium) grows uncontrollably.
What are the 4 types of PCOS?
There are four types of PCOS: Insulin-resistant PCOS, Inflammatory PCOS, Hidden-cause PCOS, and Pill-induced PCOS. This is the most common type of PCOS.
Does PCOS affect breast size?
Common symptoms include irregular or missed periods, hirsutism (hair growth on the face, chest, stomach, around the nipples, back, thumbs or toes), infertility due to lack of ovulation, decreased breast size, acne, thinning of scalp hair, and acanthosis nigricans (dark or thick skin markings and creases around the …