Polycystic ovary syndrome: A hidden epidemic

Jenny Blondel, Naturopath
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is an endocrine disorder that causes weight gain, insulin resistance, menstrual problems, fertility problems, acne, hair loss, and hirsutism. Many women feel stigmatised maybe because the stereotype is a heavy overweight woman with diabetes.

The disorder is not new, but it is in­creasing at an alarming rate. Two decades ago, PCOS was infrequent amongst my patients. Today, I see it all the time as more and more women are being diagnosed with PCOS. Polycystic ovaries are esti­mated to now affect close to one in five women, with an even higher incidence in teenagers, impacting their health, quality of life, relationships and their emotional wellbeing.

Not all women with PCOS have these signs and symptoms nor do all have PCOS ovaries either. Conversely, not all women with these signs and symptoms have PCOS. The so-called cysts are just one of the many signs and symptoms of PCOS. The lack of ovulation associated with PC...

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